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 loved this technique but found that it didn't work well at all with the Cuttlebug. The directions for which plates to use seemed wrong. Help!
Carol  |  Mon Mar 7, 2011 at 8:24 PM
What a great tutorial, can't wait to try it out! Thank you smile
Jenni  |  Tue Mar 8, 2011 at 8:58 AM
I have tried this a couple of times now with different thickness of cardboard.. one was way to thick for the nestibility to cut the other was the cardboard we get with our 2 sided pattern paper from SU. too thin I guess because the whole piece embossed as if I had nothing on top.. I tried less pressure with thinner layers ... not working for me .. so i have no idea where to get the proper cardboard
Tracy  |  Wed Mar 9, 2011 at 10:40 AM
How about you cut two thin ones and adhere them together?
beate  |  Wed Mar 9, 2011 at 10:52 AM
Your cards are always so elegant and this one is no exception! I'm so glad you did a video; a friend was telling me about this technique, and I though you cut out a solid center and put IT in between the folder so that it wouldn't emboss in that area. Being a visual learner, I now realize that would have created an embossed center design ONLY. I'll have to try it both ways! TFS!
Lady4Yeshua  |  Wed Mar 9, 2011 at 7:42 PM
Loved your card and can't wait to try this technique.
Linda  |  Wed Mar 9, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Loved your card and can't wait to try this technique!!!
Linda  |  Wed Mar 9, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Beate, thanks a bunch - you solve my puzzle!!! I was so tempted to do such a card, but never was sure, how to do it right. You are the best! I love your tutorials!
Anna Wolleben  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Thanks for sharing! I have precut my library of Nestablities out of cereal boxes --making cutouts & frames of each die on a 6x6 piece. When we finish with a box of cereal I cut it out into 6 inch strips, that way I already have it ready to go!
sandytoz/Laura  |  Sat Apr 9, 2011 at 10:38 AM
That's a good idea!!!! Will have to try that myself!!
Renie  |  Sat Apr 9, 2011 at 3:29 PM
I LOVE this card Beate, thanks for the fabulous tutorial too!
Sharon Field  |  Sun Apr 10, 2011 at 3:29 PM
What a wonderful presentation!
Can you share which Copics you used to color your image?
Beautiful work!!!
Monica  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 7:35 AM
Thanks for your kind words.
Please check the gallery for this tutorial. (Just click on the link under the tutorial)
I always list all my supplies, including Copic numbers, in my gallery uploads.
Tutorial samples are always sticky and the first thing in the gallery for that tutorial.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 8:23 AM
Thank you for your reply. Whe I click the gallery button it tells me I don't have permission for that (?).
I would love to know which Copics you used in your image.
Many thanks.
Monica  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 8:48 AM

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The Copics used here were N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, N5. For more information about the card and a closer look you can also check this blog post.'

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 8:57 AM
Donna thank you for the info for using with my Wizard. Going to try it now!
Angie  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM
Thank you for the wonderful tutorial, however either I am doing something wrong or my Cuttlebug is not cooperating! I just can't get the embossing to leave a clear crisp edge...without showing up faintly in the middle unembossed part. I have tried lots of ways but I still haven't been able to figure out what I am doing wrong. Got any ideas? Thanks for all your help.
Dottie Davis  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 11:45 AM
Thank you, thank you, thank you for having a video tutorial along with the written directions. I am a visual person and it mean everything to me if I can watch a technique being performed. This was a wonderful tutorial.
Janet Nelson  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 11:51 AM
This is stunning Beate! Mine wasn't as! Great technique though so I am going to try it again. Jaw dropping girl, seriously!
Danielle  |  Mon Nov 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM
I had seen this done but the tutorial is very helpful. Could it be used with the Spellbinder grand caliber machine?
Ann Robbins  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 8:34 PM

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