Double Embossing

by Beate Johns

Emboss only the outer edges of your cardstock, leaving the inner part smooth to stamp on.


  • Big Shot™, or other die cutting machine
  • Embossing folder
  • Tan Embossing Mat
  • Nestabilities™ die template, Label 13 used here
  • One 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cardboard, for embossing frame (thin cardboard from postage stamp package used here)
  • One 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock
  • Ink
  • Stamps, Flourishes Paperwhites used here
  • Additional cardstock and embellishments to finish the project


  1. Step 1

    To cut a mat from the cardboard, create the Big Shot sandwich as follows.

    Cutting mat
    Multipurpose platform on tab 2
    Nestabilities die template (cutting ridges facing down)
    Cutting mat

    Center the die template on the cardboard.

  2. Step 2

    Run sandwich through the die cut machine and pop the center out.

  3. Step 3

    Insert cardstock into the embossing folder. Place on closed Multi-purpose platform.

  4. Step 4

    Place cardboard frame on top of embossing folder.

    Add removable adhesive on the frame to make sure it doesn't move.

  5. Top sandwich with cutting mat.

    Trouble Shooting Hint:
    If it doesn't work, your cardboard might be too thin. Try creating two of the same masks and taping them together for one thicker mask.

  6. Step 5

    Run sandwich through the Big Shot. Remove cardstock from the embossing folder.

    The center of the cardstock will stay smooth.

  7. Step 6

    Now create the following sandwich:

    Multi-purpose platform open at Tab 1
    Cutting Plate
    Tan embossing mat
    Die, cutting side down, lined up with the smooth center of the cardstock
    Cutting plate

  8. Run stack through the machine, and a frame will be embossed around the smooth cardstock center.

  9. Step 7

    Stamp the image in the smooth center portion of the cardstock.

  10. Step 8

    Color and embellish the image if desired.

  11. Step 9

    Finish your card.

    Check this tutorial to find out how to create a frame with Nestabilities™ dies.



    Double Embossing with Cuttlebug™
    To cut your frame out of cardboard use the following sandwich:
    - A Plate
    - B Plate
    - Cardboard or Chipboard
    - Nestabilities die (cutting lines face down)
    - C Plate

    To emboss your cardstock use this sandwich:
    - A Plate
    - Embossing Folder with cardstock inside
    - Cardboard frame
    - C Plate

    To Emboss your cardstock with Nestabilities die use this sandwich:
    - A Plate
    - B Plate
    - Tan Embossing Mat
    - Cardstock
    - Nestabilities die (cutting lines facing down)
    - B Plate

Your Turn

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

Ann, I haven't tried that yet. But if you do, make sure you only try it if you have the Raspberry Plate for the Grand Calibur. Because of the chipboard mask, the sandwich will be too thick for the regular plates and you might break your machine.
Beate  |  Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 6:32 AM
I have made a cardboard cut out frame using the Top note die, so as it isn't a nestie type frame I can't make a frame round the edge (2nd stage of your intructions with tan mat) is there a way I can make the edge stand out a bit? Could I go round the edge with embossing styliss??
Kayz  |  Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I have a cutterbug and I have tried doing this with different thickness of chipboard. My embossing came out on my entire card stock. A Lil faint in that area. Please help if you can... grin
Andrea  |  Thu Apr 26, 2012 at 8:50 PM
OMG!!!!!!!! It is not working I'm not able to even roll it thru with c plate like the instructions says for cutterbug. I can use the b plate, but the emboss come out. I would truly appreciate help. I would really like to learn how to do this. Plase help!!!!!!
Andrea  |  Thu Apr 26, 2012 at 9:11 PM
I am sorry, Andrea. I have never done that with the Cuttlebug, since I don't own one. I found the sandwich instructions in this forum thread.

Check out the thread and hopefully you will find the answer to your problem there.

Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM
Thank you sooooo much Beate. I hope this will work, I will have to try it when I get home. Im hoping this will work. Im lucky forward to doing this technique successfully.
andrea  |  Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM
i needed this reminder - its gonna stay on my pinterest.
marie  |  Fri May 18, 2012 at 4:22 AM
Thank you so much for shareing this with us, I have had my big shot for a couple of years now and had forgotten how to do the embossing with the tan mat, I can't wait to have a go. Thank you again.
Mrs June Smith  |  Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 6:17 AM
Gorgeous Beate. I have to try this!
Lisa Lara  |  Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Beate, I have tried all morning to make this. I got the frames done. I am not able to double emboss without having the folder emboss in the center of my design. I have tried thicker thiner card stock. any suggestions. I have read every post here. Has anyone else had this problem and finally figured out what you were doing wrong? i really, really wanted to make some cards today using this technique.

I am using my Big Shot for this.
Lg56  |  Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM
You might want to create your frames in different width. I had to play around with the frames until mine worked just right.
Beate Johns  |  Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM
Thanks for the in put. I was finally able to make my frame without the embossing in the middle of it so I could stamp in it.

I am not sure why I needed to do this but this is what ended up working for me after trying everything else.
I only used one clear plate, just the plate on the top.

Hopefully this may help someone else.
Lg56  |  Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM
Bette, The frame I used just happen to be my most favorite frame which was exactly what you had used for yours.
Lg56  |  Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM
There is a set of 7 plastic templates that can do what this video shows

Go to to watch 2 videos and order Easy Frames
june knaack  |  Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 8:31 PM
I have tried this, similar techniques and make my own emboasing folders 37 ways to Sunday. I figure the 13$ for the darice easy frames I just bought should save me some time. Ha ha. I really wanted this to work with my bigshot.

I think where I failed was the patience to find the right thickness of cardboard. Maybe I'll try again before the Darice frames come.

I so like how the die cuts are used as frames and a way to outline. Anyhow thanks for a great toot!
Ramona M Cavanaugh  |  Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Oh How Stunning, Beate!! I must must put this on my to-do list. Thanks big bunches for this an hundreds more wonderful tutorials and inspiration, dear lady!
Bev Gerard  |  Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 12:28 PM
You are so kind to take the time to teach us this technique. Thank you!
Mary Decker  |  Thu Jan 14, 2016 at 10:28 PM
I found Beate's tutorial to be so easy to follow.

It takes a lot of time to make a territorial and I sure have enjoyed using using this. Thank you for sharing it.
LG56  |  Fri Jan 15, 2016 at 9:56 AM
I love reading your hints. They are so inspiring!
Janet Stephens  |  Wed Oct 26, 2016 at 1:41 PM
What was the name of the die cut you used? Where can I get it if it is still available?
Patricia Therien  |  Sat Jan 27, 2018 at 11:02 AM

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