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

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Double Embossed Enamel. 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.

Thank you for explaining what the embossing buddy does. I had heard of using a (used) dryer sheet to get the same effect just didn't have a name for it. Your the best!
Robin  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 9:24 PM
I am having trouble with the enamel embossing. I used versa mark on my folder and ran it through the machine. I covered the card with embossing powder and I can't seem to get even coverage with the embossing powder. I have tried using more versa mark but to no avail. Any tips that you could provide would be great.

I really like the look of this technique.

Jan Joyal  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM
Jan, I've used this technique at least a dozen times, and haven't had that problem. Is it possible your Versa Mark pad needs to be re-inked? When I "pat" the ink on, I check to make sure there is an even sheen of ink on the folder before I emboss. I haven't tried this with other pigment inks, so I can't vouch for the effectiveness.

Regarding the Embossing buddy- It is a little sack of powder (possibly dried clay?) used to de-static the cardstock before using embossing powder. It helps tremendously to keep the E.P. from sticking where you don't want it. SU had one, but it's not currently available. Inkadinkado makes one as well. Google it; you're sure to find it somewhere! smile
Cindy Elam  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 9:56 PM
I'd like to know what is in the 'embossing buddie'. Is there a powder in it, is it like a dryer sheet? Just very curious as to the content. Awesome card!!
Deb  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 10:33 PM
Oh my word. That is so cool. I love it!
Wendy  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Deb, I answered your question right before you asked it. smile There's some kind of powder (very finely gritty) inside. I suspect it might be powdered clay, but I don't know for sure.
Cindy Elam  |  Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Re the embossing buddy, you can also use talcum powder or baby powder, just dust it over your card and tap off the excess before applying any ink.
Pat  |  Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 2:02 AM
Gorgeous cards and awesome technique. I love it when I find tutorials that give my supplies new life. I will try this today. Great tutorial!!
Thanks for sharing. smile
stampdujour  |  Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 11:02 AM
Great video! Thanks so much for the info.
Love this technique, off to try it.
Happy Holidays all
Emeralds  |  Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM
The Embossing Buddy is a little cloth pouch of powder that you rub over the cardstock before you stamp with your embossing ink. It's an anti-static product that helps keep the embossing powder just on the inked areas and not the rest of the cardstock--helps the powder release from the un-inked cardstock. You get them from Stampin' Up! through your demonstrator or check on their website.
Melody  |  Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 2:10 PM
wonderful wonderland card!
KAT WHITE  |  Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 5:35 PM
In the current Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalog, the Embossing Buddy is on page 201. The description: "Rub this handy buddy across paper to prevent extra granules of embossing powder or glitter from sticking to your project. Use before embossing or applying glitter." Item #103083 listed at $5.95. I bought one about 5 years ago after finding scratches from using a dryer sheet. It's still going strong. It's been well used. I return it to the original packaging to store it safely away after use.
Matilda  |  Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 6:17 PM
I love to emboss,great technique!
DeAnna  |  Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 6:18 PM
Gorgeous card! Love the technique too.

As for cleaning, soap and water works well on embossing folders with no issues. Just dry them well (using a paper towel or regular towel) after. I've done the soap and water cleaning after regular inks too when I've done the inking dozens of time for bulk projects.
Karen  |  Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 6:31 PM
When using the heat tool try heating from underneath the card. It takes a bit longer but gives a smooth, glass-like finish to the embossing powder. Barbara Gray from Clarity Stamp uses this technique all of the time for larger areas of heat embossing.
Rosalind  |  Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 1:39 AM
Gorgeous! If I had any of those products I would be all over this project.
christi hicks  |  Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 9:20 PM
I can't get my embossing powder to stick to the card. I wonder if my Big Shot "sandwich" is the problem, the versamark isn't getting on the paper.
Toni  |  Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 8:37 AM
Have you tried re oblong your versamark pad? Try and add a couple of extra sheets of card stalk on the out side of embossing folder, it will add alittle extra pressure and that may help.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Robin  |  Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 11:17 AM
Great technique, cannot wait to try!

Re: Cleaning embossing folders - I use baby wipes to clean mine, works great, and as I have two young children, they're always around lol

Re: Embossing buddy - I need to get one of these. I won't use dryer sheets anymore because not only do they scratch but the only ones I have are scented and I find they leave a oily residue.
Linda  |  Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 1:22 PM
Melody and Matilda, Stampin' Up! does not carry the Embossing Buddy at this time. There was a problem with the manufacturer, so at least until further notice, we don't have them. (Yes, I am a SU demo.) I was able to find them from several other sources by Googling it. smile
Cindy Elam  |  Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 8:39 PM

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