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!

Questions and Comments

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

You are a genius! love the technique...cant wait to try it... thanks for sharing!
Saba M  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 1:48 PM
great job I'll have to try tnis
Teresa Luck  |  Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 5:07 PM
Great card Lydia! And a super way to get even more out of all my folders. :0)
Lura  |  Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 10:54 AM
This is just the coolest thing! I am going to try this perhaps with my snowflake embossing folder for Christmas cards. Thanx for sharing!
crazy8stamper  |  Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 5:25 PM
Love this idea. Can't wait to try it.
Ann  |  Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 6:08 PM
Can't wait to try this. I am at our summer address at present and unfortunately do not have my embossing folders with me. I have many embossing folders and a whole package of many ways to use this technique! Thanks for the video....I find it clarifies the directions.....guess I'm a visual learner.
Scrapbook Red  |  Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM
Any idea how this might look if you dont have an ink roller and just use the ink pad?
Lisa Manderachia  |  Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM
Hi Lisa -
It looks great with both Direct-to-paper with your ink pad, or just with sponging ink with a sponge. Just don't rub too hard with the sponge so that you don't scrape off the wax smile
Lydia  |  Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 8:45 AM
As I have MANY embossing folders, this is such a good idea! Thanks, Lydia!!
InwoodRoz  |  Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 8:52 AM
I love it. I don't have a brayer though * sadface *
heatherdw  |  Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 9:00 PM
You don't need a brayer. I sponged over my resist background and I think it looked great!
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 10:14 AM
Thank you for this reminder of this technique. I had done this years ago. Love it!
smadson  |  Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM
this is an informative post! embossing is one of my favorite stuff when it comes to scrapbooking!
Annabella Merlin  |  Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 2:49 AM
am I missing something? I tried this 5 times with different embossing folders and both light and dark crayon on both light and dark paper ... I was never able to just get crayon on the embossed part (is was 'smeared' on the non-embossed part as well). any tips?
rebecca  |  Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Very Nice tutorial!! Thanks for Sharing with everyone.
efeuille  |  Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 1:15 PM
Im new to stamping and card making and have bookmarked this video and cant wait to try it on my Christmas cards! Im going to try it tomorrow
Sue Goss  |  Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Super cute idea!!! Thanks for the tip.
Tenille R.  |  Mon Oct 3, 2011 at 1:13 PM
What a super cute idea! I will most certInly be trying this one out!
Mari  |  Tue Oct 4, 2011 at 8:05 AM
Love the technique, so much fun. Would you mind giving the name of the EK Success punch you used for the greeting? Thanks.
Kim  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 10:45 AM
Hi Kim!

My punches are all Stampin' Up!

On the orange spider card I used the Eyelet Border punch behind the greeting, and in the video for the Goblin Greetings I used the Decorative Label punch. smile HTH!
Lydia  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 12:35 PM

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