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.

Thanks so much Lydia, I'm not very familiar with Stampin Up so I wouldn't have guessed that brand.
Kim  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 3:51 PM
Thank you for a very fun technique with the embossing folders. I couldn't figure out why it wasn't working until I read the comments...don't run it through the Big Shot smile Guess I should have watched the video as well...that's what happens when you're in a rush, I guess.
Jenn  |  Thu Oct 6, 2011 at 7:48 AM
I absolutely LOOOOVE this project! It turned out so well and you've inspired me to make one of my own! I also wanted to tell you that I featured you over at my blog here. Please feel free to grab a featured button if you want!

-Mel the Crafty Scientist
Mel the Crafty Scientist  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 1:09 PM
i am having a real problem with a password. I have tried to chnge it many many times and have not been able to do so. Hopefully you be able to help me. Thanks!
donna gohlke  |  Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 7:59 PM
You may have already answered this question, but do you know of a source for single-colored crayons? I used the white from my granddaughters Crayolas but it is almost gone after 5 cards and I'd like to do more with other embossing folders.
Betty Irvin  |  Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 4:04 PM
How fun is this?!!! I love it!! Such a great technique and easy! I would never have thought of it!! Thank you for sharing!!!
Ann Runo  |  Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 6:13 AM
this is a very neat way to do something a little different, first time i have seen this technique. I must do some cards using this. thanks alot
colleen h  |  Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 6:24 AM
Thank you for the tutorial. Your cards are wonderful, and I love the drama of the blue card.
Daria  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Awesome post! Would this work with watercolor instead of ink?
Creative32  |  Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Hi Creative32 - I'm sure it would! Try and post a link to your gallery!
Lydia Fiedler  |  Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 6:04 PM
Great job Lydia!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Oct 8, 2014 at 7:07 AM
I'm confused about when to do the embossing, that's left out of the steps.
kaycstamper  |  Wed Oct 8, 2014 at 8:05 AM
Hi kaycstamper - the embossing folder is in step 1 - it's the spiderweb embossing folder smile You're just rubbing it, not dry embossing it.
lydia  |  Wed Oct 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM
Rather than putting the cardstock through the machine in the embossing folder, the design in the folder is used to create a rubbing. It's another fun way to stretch your supplies!
dina  |  Wed Oct 8, 2014 at 8:10 AM
I tried it embossing before and after the crayon step, I also tried raised side and inverted side. When I embossed before the crayon step, it came out just like yours.
kaycstamper  |  Wed Oct 8, 2014 at 8:18 AM
Good for you for playing around with it! Embossing it before doing the crayon rubbing will give you an even crisper design. Was the brayer able to get down into the lower areas? or did you add color in another way?
dina  |  Wed Oct 8, 2014 at 8:21 AM
You're not running it through the machine. You are transferring the pattern of the embossing folder to your cardstock by rubbing it with a crayon. My image is not dry embossed. Just rubbed. So it's flat and the brayer is perfect. If you watch the video you'll see the process!
lydia  |  Wed Oct 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM
It came out just like yours except it's embossed.
kaycstamper  |  Wed Oct 8, 2014 at 8:28 AM

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