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.

Ok...I read the tutorial (haven't viewed the video yet) and there is a missing didn't state to run the cardstock/embossing folder thru the embossing machine...just goes from coloring the cardstock with a white crayon and running a inked up brayer over the cardstock...nothing mentioned about embossing it first. Kinda have to in order to run a brayer over the embossed area to make the embossed area stand out...unless I am missing something here!!

Carolyn Smith  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 7:17 AM
I just love the video on the embossing folder and crayon. What a great idea! Can't wait to get started Holloween and other cards.
Julia  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 7:25 AM
@Carolyn there's no missing step smile watch the video - you don't run it through a machine - see my comment above.

@Sandy - you'll have to cone stamp! smile
Lydia  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 7:26 AM
Viewed the video and it was a little bit more informative as to how to do the embossing using the crayon. Thank you.
Carolyn Smith  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 7:32 AM
This reminds me off when we were kids we use to put the coins under a sheet of paper and shade it with our pencils
Rosanne Sahai  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 7:35 AM
Ooh I love this technique, going to try it tomorrow.
Ozcat  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 7:46 AM
I love it that I don't have to run it thru the Sizzix first...what a time saver...can't wait to try it! smile
Leigh Y  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM
This is very cool! I've seen it done but have never tried it... think I'm gonna have to try it now! Thanks for sharing!
Leslie Turner  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 8:23 AM
great tutorial !! I will definatly try this!
beth rush  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 8:47 AM
Awesome card. Was looking for a simple Halloween card that I could easily mass produce and now I have found it. Thank you Thank You. Did not even know they made a Spiderweb embossing folder - where did you get it. have to have one.
Shannon Kiser  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 9:19 AM
Hi Shannon! The spiderweb embossing folder is from Stampin' Up! smile
Lydia  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 9:21 AM
Hi Lydia~

Thank you so much for this great tutorial! You are a great step-by-step teacher! I saw this technique on a blog, and didn't have any crayons, so asked a neighbor to let me have one of their daughter's white crayons...and I forgot the technique! LOL

Thank you so much for this reminder! I think that is a very scary looking spider! (Aren't they all?) You should see the banana spiders here in FL! Google it some time! YIKES!

Thanks for all of your time and effort and patience that you put into sharing this technique with us!

He IS Able!
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM
Love this idea, can't wait to try it. Just gotta buy some crayons!
Susan  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM
Super technique! Thanks for sharing. If you have a newsletter, I would appreciate receiving it.
Barbara Miller  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM
Shannon, the spiderweb in the video is Sizzix and the one I have is Cuttlebug, so you have options. Don't know if they are still available in stores.
Beverly  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM
WOW This is really cool! I have a TON of embossing folders I could try this with! Thanks for another amazing tutorial and idea Lydia!
StephStamps1982  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM
It appears that white doesn't figure in my crayon selection - have to deal with that tomorrow so I can give this a try :D.
Sabrina (Cook22)  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM
Oh, I'd forgotten about this card! Thanks for sharing it again.
Me, I love spiders. smile And that's a girl, not a boy. wink Girls build webs.
Shala  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 12:08 PM
love it
millie vikroy  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 1:45 PM
oh sooooooooooooo cool. Love the Halloween card Lydia. The medallion is a great way to show off that cute little spider. Love the orange bg. I have to try this.
Lisa Lara  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 1:46 PM

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