Crayon Rubbed Embossing

by Lydia Fiedler

Try a new resist technique with a white crayon and an embossing folder.


  • Embossing folder
  • White or vanilla cardstock
  • White crayon
  • Brayer
  • Dye ink
  • Soft cloth or tissue
  • Stamps and cardstock to finish the card


  1. Step 1

    Place your cardstock on the embossing folder on the side with the raised design.

  2. Step 2

    With the side of a white crayon, rub firmly all over the cardstock. Make sure that you cover all of the raised areas of the embossing folder, going over it several times.

  3. Step 3

    Ink up a rubber brayer with a dye based ink.

  4. Step 4

    Apply ink to the cardstock with the brayer until the resist design appears.

  5. Step 5

    When you're finished, you will see the full design of the folder in resist.

  6. Step 6

    Using a soft cloth, burnish the whole image to remove extra ink from the wax and brighten the design.

  7. Step 7

    When you're finished, the resist areas should be bright and shiny.

  8. Step 8

    Finish your card.



  1. Using stamps instead of an embossing folder

    You can also use this technique with bold stamp images instead of an embossing folder. Place cardstock on the stamp image and rub the crayon over the image.

  2. Since stamps are softer, you will get a fuzzier, softer image.

    Try a black crayon instead of a white one for a dramatic look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Crayon Rubbed Embossing. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Oh, very cool. grin Thank you for this TuT. I must have a go at this.
Ike xxxx
IKE  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 2:08 AM
wow this is so fabuloud i love it and going to try it tommorrow
Christine  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 2:18 AM
Hi Lydia,
That is a great idea you have here never thought of it before. I love learning new ideas please send me your news letter if you have one as I would love to learn more of your tecniques. thank you very kindly.
Mare  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 2:39 AM
What great idea in another way of using your embossing folders going to try this .
Thank You
christina smith  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 3:14 AM
Thanks for the reminder and sugistion on the resist. Love it
Kathie Oldham  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 4:58 AM
I love this!! What a great idea!
Martha S.  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 5:09 AM
Done this in year's passed but had forgotten about it , will have to give it another go. TFS
Margaret J  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 5:12 AM
Great idea...and so simple once you explained it. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Maryfrances  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 5:34 AM
I can't wait to try this! Really cute card! Thank you!!
Nancy Sindle  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 6:00 AM
I love this, will try this afternoon. I do love most of the resist techniques, and hadnt thought of this one.
Marrigje Barnard  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 6:04 AM
Wow, what a cool idea!! This would go very well with loads of other folders TFS!
Ros Booth  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 6:13 AM
Hi Beate,
What a super idea!!! I wish you would teach us all how you made the flower on your card as well.
Thanks for all the tutorials. You're the BEST!
Joan Schoppe  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 6:24 AM
What kind of white crayon? I don't understand very well...Thank you
Colette  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 6:29 AM
I'm a little slow this morning... do you emboss before applying crayon or after? Thanks. This looks like a neat way to create backgrounds.
cdnoption  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 6:30 AM
Well, guess I have to get myself a brayer now! Awesome tecnique, tfs!!!
Julie  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 6:31 AM
Hi Collette! I used a white Crayola crayon with the wrapper removed.
Lydia  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 6:33 AM
Hi Joan -

For the flower, I used this tutorial, except I didn't scallop the edge smile

And cdnoption - you are only using the embossing folder to get the resist - you don't emboss it with a machine after smile
Lydia  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 6:40 AM
Lydia, I enjoyed your video so much. What a wonderful technique and your card turned out so cute, oops, I mean scary! Thank you.
Beverly  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 6:52 AM
Absolutely amazing. What will your. Creative mind think of next?
kerrskreations  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 7:01 AM
Fabulous technique! Love the blue one embossed from a stamp, or maybe it's just the favourite colour:)
OOH yeah, coming to Austin in March 2012:) Can't wait!!!
Sandy C.  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 7:14 AM

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