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.

Fabulous tutorial, Beate! Thanks so much for sharing your talent! Your card is stunning!

Loved the video also, Birget! Thanks
Fran Gumprecht  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:05 AM

If I hadn't used this card as a sample for this technique, no then I would have not done Step 6. So if you plan on adding a frame around your image, no, you can skip step 6.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:06 AM
OMGoodness! Wow! TFS! Totally awesomeness! Can't believe it, thank you for your insight.
Charlene Andrews  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:07 AM
I just love your cards and tutorials. do you have a tutorial on how you made the frame? what is cut first the inside or the outside?
Tracy  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:14 AM
What a fabulous card. I realize a lot of people have the Big Shot, but I only have a Cuttlebug, so my question would be: What would be the sandwich for the Cuttlebug?
Thank you for all the inspiration!!
Monica Rondon  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:18 AM
the cuttlebug instructions are at the bottom of the video tutorial.. all the sandwiches.. good tutorial very thurough
Tracy  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:20 AM
For the frame, cut and emboss a piece of cardstock with two nested dies at the same time. I used the die that I used to create the mask plus the one the next size up. Nest them into each other over the cardstock and then first cut, then emboss.

The sandwich for the Cuttlebug is posted under Variation, under the video.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:21 AM
Thank you for that video. I have not done this before but had seen it on a card. I'm excited to give it a try!
Karen  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:26 AM
I love the technique, but could you give the sandwich variations for using the Wizard?
Angie  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:29 AM
You won't be able to emboss with embossing folders with the Wizard. I haven't done this technique with Impressabilities. I am not sure if it would work, since you will have to run cardstock through with a cardboard layer. I don't think the Wizard's opening is wide enough.
beate  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:31 AM
That is a wonderful technique, Beate. Your card is spectacular! I'll have to try this.
Rebecca  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:32 AM
I am sorry, I saw the description right as I hit the post it button. I guess I was soooo excited to see this tutorial that I rushed to ask before I even finished reading. Sorry about that!
Many thanks!
Monica Rondon  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:34 AM
Just yesterday, I was thinking about this possibility and planning to experiment. Thank you for saving my cardstock! Your tutorials are so nicely done and easy to follow, and your card today is beautiful.
Kay  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:37 AM
Absolutely beautiful, Beate. And now I know how to do it ~ having seen it before in different versions and couldn't figure out for the life of me how NOT to emboss certain areas. THANKS!!!
Cindy  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:39 AM
This tutorial is awesome. I can't wait to try this! and tell my stamping friends. Beautiful card!!
Kathy  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:39 AM
Hi Beate! What a gorgeous card! I have been waiting for a sale on the spellbinder dies and there was a good one a couple weeks ago. I had die #13 on my list and talked myself out of it (I get so mad at myself when I do that-and I do it every time! Ugh!). What I am wondering is what did you use under the "just a note"? It seems to be another nestabilities die?
Such a beautiful card! I love the simplicity of the black/white/gray. You really do awesome work. I look forward to Wednesdays for my newsletter. Thanks so much!
Renie  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:46 AM
Loved the look of this Dbl embossing theory....gonna try it today. Thank you so much for your dedicationa and wonderful ideas! Love this site.
Gayla  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 9:55 AM
Thank you! This is WONDERFUL! The card you created was beautiful! I'm going to have fun playing.
How did you create the embossed frame that you put on at the end? Not the one in step 6, but the one you talked about at the end of the video.
Ree  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 10:05 AM
Thank you Beate for sharing your incredible talent with us. Your tutorials are so concise and easy to follow. You are an incredible artist and your creations are a joy to view.
Judy  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM
thank you for your tutorial. I love the way you used the copic markers. is there a tutorial on using them. I have stampin up markers and i can blend them well on watercolor paper. beautiful card.
kirby deb  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

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