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!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I don't think you can cut chipboard. I used cardboard I got from ordering postage stamps online. It is about 1/24". The Nesties cut that without a problem. With a bit heavier cardboard you cut cut first the front, then turn, look for the cutting marks and then cut from the backside. That might work.
Beate  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM
wonderful tutorial, as always, beate! this card looks so elegant and the technique has so many possibilities. i so admire your creativity. i must try this soon. thank you for sharing your talent!
paula e.  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 7:42 PM
This technique was on YouTube a couple of years ago but much more complicated. You made it a do-able technique. Thank you so much for the video! Your card was so classey
Dottie Davis  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 7:49 PM
Hi Beate,
As always your card designs are beautiful and this one is no exception. However, in looking at the Sizzix Regal Flourishes embossing folder, it says it can only be used in certain machines and Cuttlebug is not mentioned. But directions for making the double embossed card using Cuttlebug is explained following your video. I'm confused.
Joan Schoppe
Joan Schoppe  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 8:34 PM
Hi Lisa,
I have used embossing folder with a Cuttlebug before. I don't have one any longer, so I can't try out if this specific one will work with it. But, it looks just like any other embossing folder.
You don't have to use this specific one. You can use any embossing folder you have.
beate  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 8:58 PM
Thank you for sharing this..I love it.
Debra  |  Thu Mar 3, 2011 at 9:08 AM
Love the card
On instruction number 8 you say to color or embellish as you want. I notice that behind your flower it looks like there is a darker shadow, how did you achieve this. Great tutorial.
Bonnie in VT
Bonnie Robinson  |  Thu Mar 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM
I used the darkest gray marker right around the flowers to make them pop from the background.
beate  |  Thu Mar 3, 2011 at 11:24 AM
Do you think you could achieve a similar result with colored pencils and gamsol?? I don't have the Copic markers and unfortunately don't see them in my future, unless I get a huge bunch of money somewhere smile
Wondering what you think about the colored pencil/gamsol thing??
Renie  |  Thu Mar 3, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Hi Renie,
Sure thing. You can use your gray pencils to create a B/W colored image.
beate  |  Thu Mar 3, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Thanks Beate! I am going to go spend a few days with my sister to stamp and play..We need to try this!! Have an awesome day!!
Renie  |  Thu Mar 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM
wow .Beate .. ive always wondered how this was done ....amazing Beate ..your beautiful work is breathe taking .to say the least ..thank you . yours in ink anne marie ..
ANNE MARIE  |  Thu Mar 3, 2011 at 2:20 PM
Very many thanks Beate for all the work you've put into this project to enlighten and help us - you are a gift! MWAH
Babog  |  Thu Mar 3, 2011 at 5:19 PM
Beate AI love this technique! I haven't been brave enough yet to try it but since you have explained it so clearly I may. Thank you and your card is beautiful.
Lenoria  |  Thu Mar 3, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Excellent Card it is beautiful I will give this a try!
Betty  |  Thu Mar 3, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Beate, you are so good at paper crafts. Thank you for sharing your wealth of information with us. Love this technique and your card, Beautiful!
God bless,
Peggy Allen  |  Fri Mar 4, 2011 at 4:21 PM
Beate, I saw that Angie asked about doing this technique in the Wizard. Well, I played around with my Wizard today and found that I could cut a frame from a cereal box. I had to run the box and die through twice to get it cut completely.

I did need 2 layers of the box to get a clean center when I embossed, but it worked great.

Here is my recipe for cutting a frame with my Raspberry Wizard:

White Master Emboss mat
White spacer plate
Die-cutting side up
Cardboard (I used a cereal box front)
White Master cut mat

Then, for embossing the cardstock with a clear center, I used this recipe:

White Master Emboss mat
Embossing folder with cardstock inside
Cardboard mask (that I just made)
Blue Emboss mat.

I hope this helps, I know with the Wizard, I often have to try several different recipes to be able to duplicate designs I see and want to make.

I loved your design. You always make it look so easy.

DonnaJB  |  Fri Mar 4, 2011 at 7:06 PM
I love your tutorials. I'm wondering where you got your nestabilites die template. I've searched on a variety of website and cannot locate it. Thank you.
Jill Hessick  |  Fri Mar 4, 2011 at 9:55 PM
Please help! I have the Big Shot, but no matter how I try to run this through, the embossing covers the whole piece of card stock. I have the chip board cut with a Nestie.
Does this only work with a Cuttle Bug Machine?
Raye Lynn Fargo  |  Sat Mar 5, 2011 at 8:32 AM
I used my Big shot for the photo and video tutorial. It works with the Big Shot as well as the Cuttlebug Machine. Try using thinner or thicker cardboard for your template.
Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Sat Mar 5, 2011 at 1:08 PM

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