Double Embossed Enamel

by Cindy Elam

Create a unique background by dry and heat embossing with embossing folders


  • White cardstock
  • Big Shot or other die cutting machine
  • Two embossing folders, one should be a simple design
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Embossing ink
  • Heat tool
  • Colored embossing powder


  1. Step 1

    Tap embossing ink all over the side of the folder with the recessed image, inking it thoroughly.

    Try not to press too hard (you don’t want ink in the recesses).

  2. Step 2

    Rub Embossing Buddy over your white cardstock, and carefully place into embossing folder with “buddied” side facing inked side of folder. Emboss with Big Shot.

  3. Step 3

    Cover inked, embossed cardstock with embossing powder.

  4. Tap off excess powder.

    A tiny paint brush works for removing Embossing Powder from areas you don’t want embossed.

  5. Step 4

    Heat until shiny with Heat Tool.

  6. Step 5

    Place embossed image into second folder and emboss again in Big Shot.

  7. Your double embossed enamel background is done.

  8. Step 6

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

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Questions and Comments

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Beautiful! I'm going to try this today!
Joanna Lessor  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 4:42 AM
What a beautiful card. I was wondering how doing something like this would turn out...Thank you
Jaggs  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 5:21 AM
How do you remove the excess ink from the folder?
Shona Erlenborn  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 5:21 AM
Oh, way coooool - THANK YOU :-D xxxx
IKE  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 6:20 AM
Great technique, loved the tutorial. Very pretty finished cards. Hugs lin
LINDA WESCOTT  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 7:37 AM
Same question as Shona. What do I use to remove the VersaMark from my folder once complete? Also, how much of your embossing powder do you use for one card? Seems like it's a lot .. ? Beautiful cards!
cassy hedges  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 8:41 AM
re mosaic I use the double sided tape cut little
squares of DP and then use EP as the grout make
beautiful paper and I have also done it with a
stamped card. I have done the actual mosaic with
HELGA ADSHEAD  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 8:46 AM
Oh this one just hit my hit list. I will be trying this right away.
Lynne N  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 9:24 AM
great technique! It's simple, yet beautiful.
Karan  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM
That is a cool technique but I would be afraid using pigment ink that it would be difficult to clean the folder off and that the residue would damage further dry embossings later on. I had used water based inks before though with the embossing folders. But they cleaned up easy by just running under a water faucet and the ink removed perfectly. I love the end result you achieved though.
Verna  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 9:44 AM
Love embossing, I have never heard of embossing buddy before would you plz explain what it is and its purpose.
Thank you,
robin  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM
I believe an Embossing buddie is a anti-static pad that removes oil residues from skin and static left on cardstock which will make the embossing powders cling.
Verna  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM
Really gorgeous card and wonderful technique. Really love how striking the red and black is. TFS
Karen F  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 2:11 PM
I like this technique.... another great way to use the folders. Thanks, I'll try it "soon".
Clarkieskc  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 2:32 PM
Re: Cleaning the embossing folder - I spray a little stamp cleaner (Stampin' Mist) on the folder, then rub it on a stamp scrubber (fuzzy mat). I believe an old washcloth would work, too. Then it is rinsed with a little cool water and patted dry with paper towels.

Re: How much embossing powder - it does SEEM like a lot, but you'll notice I had the embossed cardstock on a piece of scrap paper. When I was finished, I folded the paper and poured it back into the jar. It really uses surprisingly little. smile
Cindy Elam  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 3:07 PM
Wow! I never thought of this! How cool. I'm going to use the 5th Ave Floral and make some sympathy cards. Thanks for this great tutorial!
Shala  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Beautiful - I'm going to go try it now!
Pam  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM
Thanks for explaining how to clean the folder. I might have to give it a go as well soon.
Verna  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 7:48 PM
This is absolutely fabulous. Thanks so much for your inspiration. What exactly is the embossing buddy and where do you get it. I have not seen that before. Thanks
Linda Milroy  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 7:56 PM
what a beautiful card and the tecnique is sooo simple.. Your instructions are clear and easy to follow.
cheerios  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 9:02 PM

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