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.

Absolutely stunning artwork.. you rock my socks!
Selene  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM
Great tutorial, Beate! Lovely effect and your card is gorgeous.
Marisa  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Wow, that's great can't wait to have ago. TFS
Jacqui  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 11:25 AM
The tag used for the sentiment is from Spellbinders Fancy Tag die set. They just came out with more Fancy Tags. I will need them all!!!

I am working on a quick tutorial on how to create the frame. I will post it as soon as it is done and link to it from this tutorial. But it's really easy.

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.

We have several Copic Tutorials on this site:
Basic Blending Techniques
Texture with Copics
Misting with Alcohol Markers
Copics with Pencils

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Great tutorial. Love the look. Gotta try this right away.
Darla  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM
Totally LOVE this Beate! Thank you!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 11:42 AM
I liked this card very much. I liked it because it's unusual. Thank you for the video.
Ruth Tycz  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Added a quick tutorial on how to create a frame with Nestabilities HERE.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Thanks Beate! Oh, see you just added a tutorial on making a nb frame. Good smile
Thanks for the info on the fancy tags..I hope it is one I have. I would love to have ALL the NB dies, but, alas, my purse strings are short (and tight), but wouldn't it be fun!! For the colored image I am hoping I can achieve a similar look with colored pencils and gamsol for the black/gray. So awesome, Beate!! You're the best!! Thanks once again smile
Renie  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 12:52 PM
I love the video tutorial

However when i tried it, it didn't work.
The first time i figured my cardboard frame wasn't think enough, so i got a thinker piece...
On the one, it did make the pattern deeper on the outside area, but inside there is still a pattern embossed (just lighter)
ANy tips or ideas??
Maureen  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 1:29 PM
Wow, Beate, that card is STUNNING!
Vera  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 1:32 PM
I have tried this several times and I always get the say result it is embossed all over the design the center is never left unembossed I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I have tried to follow the example and the video but it has never worked for me
Kathy Roach  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 1:52 PM
Maureen and Kathy,
I think you both have to play with your cardboard thickness. Mine is about 1/24" (three of these together would make 1/8"). If it's too thin the pattern will show through. Not sure what happens if it's too thick...
beate  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 3:09 PM
Another wonderful tutorial from the amazing Beate!! You're the best!! x
Sasha  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 3:16 PM
Thank you , Thank you,
I have been trying a to work out how I could do this.
And this morning here is the answer.
I am having difficulty here,( Aus. )purchasing the tanning mat, backing sheets ,and sticky strips.
I will check with Spellbinders, On line.
I am waiting for the Metal sheets and paste to arrive. but theycan not sell me these things.
Have only recently joined Spellbinders Margaret
Margaret Seaman  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 3:46 PM
Beate, your card is absolutely exquisite!!! Love this tutorial and can't wait to try!!
Cindy Lyles  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM
Beate, I love your tutorials! The VIDEO's are REALLY a plus-seeing is so much easier with me!! I love the frame and followed it great! Can't wait to try it. And the card is BEAUTIFUL! My question: How did you do the flowers, so pretty and real looking? And the shading around them? Any video's on THAT part? Thank you for all you do!!!!
Donna  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 4:07 PM
Sorry, I don't have a video for that. I colored the Flowers with Copic Markers N0, N1, N2 and N3 and colored the background I think with N3, N4, N5.
I am really slow in coloring. That would make for one boring video.
Beate  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 4:14 PM
I appreciate the time you took to prepare this tutorial! I love Nestabilities and creating new pretty stuff! Your card by the way is gorgeous!!!
Terri Tosh  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 5:01 PM
hi beate
this is a great technique i have a cuttlebug so i will have to play around with the plates. but what i really want to know can you cut chipboard, strawboard call it what you want with nesties. I thought we could only cut heavy cardstock?
lisa  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM

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