Embossing Folder Stamping

by Audrie Magno-Gordon

Use ink or paint on an embossing folder for a unique monoprinted background.

Supplies

  • Watercolor paper
  • Water-based paints or inks (Salty Ocean & Mowed Lawn Distress Paints used here)
  • Embossing folder (Stampin' Up! Honeycomb used here)
  • Mister bottle, filled with water or pearlescent spray (Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist used here)
  • Archival or permanent ink (Jet Black Stazon used here)
  • Stamps (Stampin' Up! Trust God Stamp Set used here)
  • Cardstock and other supplies to finish the card (Baja Breeze cardstock and Spellbinders Rectangle Dies used here)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Cut watercolor paper to fit your card front.

  2. Alternative:
    Instead of precutting the panel, cut after making a print.

  3. Step 2

    Open the embossing folder. On the side with the logo, use ink or paint daubers to daub color in different areas.

    Use glimmer mist or water to wet the embossing folder (plenty of water will help the pigment lift and soak into the paper).

    Note:
    A print can be taken from either side of the folder. The design on the logo side is the 'negative', which covers more area. The other side will print a finer outline.

  4. Step 3

    Lay the watercolor paper into the wet paint. Don’t close the folder; just press with your fingers here and there (try not to press evenly).

    Allow a few seconds for the paint to soak into the watercolor paper.

  5. Step 4

    Pick the watercolor paper straight up off of the folder (try not to drag it on the surface). Allow the panel to dry completely.

  6. Step 5

    Use a stamp positioner to determine good placement, then stamp a sentiment in the selected location on the printed panel.

    Hint:
    Use Stazon to stamp the image on the clear Stamp-a-ma-jig sheet to avoid smearing while you are working.

  7. Step 6

    Assemble and complete the card.

Video!

Your Turn

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

I was so surprised to see you talk about die cutting the middle of the large mat layer...I have often had that though myself...or just of cutting a frame and saving the middle for another day...but have never heard anyone else mention it. It does seem like a total waste of paper-esp fancy stuff like glitters...

This is very cool. I am still trying to practice using the folder to color emboss but this is even easier to do! Have to try it! Thanks! :D
Margot  |  Fri May 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM
Great Job! Thanks for taking the time to make and share such a delightful project.
Martha  |  Sat May 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM
Really great card and an excellent video - instructions were great - definitely going to try this!
Betty Meyskens  |  Sat May 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM
Such a cool way to watercolor!...can't wait to try this. Thank you for the inspiration!!
Jamie Patsilevas  |  Sun May 11, 2014 at 4:47 AM
Audrie - I LOVED this video! Such a cool technique, and you did such an awesome job demonstrating and explaining. Can't wait to give it a try. TFS!
Sherry Yeager  |  Tue May 13, 2014 at 4:26 PM
Awesome! I can't wait to try this. Your a great teacher, Audrie. Thanks for the tutorial.
Shell  |  Sat May 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM
This is a great technique! Thank you! Question: I've never heard of watercolor paper before.....where can I get it?? Does card stock NOT work with this technique?
Nina Brown  |  Sun May 18, 2014 at 4:31 PM
You are not only innovative - you are thrifty! I really appreciate the tip you gave on using the card stock piece that lays underneath the top piece by punching out a shape first - no one will see that you've done that!!! Brilliant. I have a number of pieces of card stock that I punched out the Top Notes dies with. Never knew why I was saving them - now I do! Thanks for making this video!!
Diane McGovern  |  Mon May 19, 2014 at 2:01 AM
I really enjoyed the video and the card turned out lovely! Like the hint about cutting out the center and using the cut out for another project instead of wasting a whole card front. Thanks!
Barb Gercone  |  Mon May 19, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Can't wait to try this! I have the tools ready and waiting! Thanks for sharing.
Suzi Metcalfe  |  Mon May 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM
Thank you! Great technique!
Sharon Madson  |  Mon May 19, 2014 at 1:58 PM
Nina - you can find watercolor paper in the art supply section of any craft store. It's usually heavier weight (140# or more) and more absorbent than cardstock, and it's designed for the heavier water application of watercolor paintings. Cardstock might tend to buckle or pill if it gets too wet.
dina  |  Mon May 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM
Very cool technique, I know exactly what I am going to do. Thank you very much for sharing.
Susan Pyra  |  Mon May 19, 2014 at 7:25 PM
wow - great technique - will be trying it this week for sure!
Nancy Williams  |  Sun May 25, 2014 at 5:22 AM
Terrific video and lovely to have another use for embossing folders! Your card is delightful, I'm going to try this technique tomorrow. Thank you.
Sandy Slater  |  Mon May 26, 2014 at 2:40 PM
Just came across this one today . Totally awesome . You are a fabulous teacher. Joy now. Jan
Janice Stone  |  Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 5:18 AM
Audrie, I just tried this -it's not even dry yet & I love it. I used salty ocean & mowed lawn DI on Lifestyle Crafts Twirl ef. Then I sprayed with some home made shimmer using Perfect Pearls. Don't have ability to upload, I just wanted to say thanks.
Pat McCleary  |  Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 7:37 PM
Oh, Audrie, this was a fabulous tutorial, and I loved hearing your sweet voice! Having pinned this and will definitely have to try it!! Hugs!
CherylQuilts  |  Thu Nov 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM
Wow this is terrific. I loved your video and your gorgeous accent!! Thank you.
Susie Williams  |  Sun Feb 8, 2015 at 11:12 PM
Awesome technique & video!! Very excited to give this a try!
Lou Ann McGuire  |  Mon Feb 9, 2015 at 5:26 AM

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