Embossing Folder Stamping

by Audrie Magno-Gordon

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


  • 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)


  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).

    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.

    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.


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.

Great tutorial. You didn't leave out any details. I love that you made use of the inside layer by cutting out the middle.
Carol Engler  |  Mon Feb 9, 2015 at 10:03 AM
Fun Audrie, I have tried various versions of this but not one where you don't run the paper through the ef. I am going to try this one soon. Hugz and thanks for all your inspiration girl!
Nancy Williams  |  Tue Feb 10, 2015 at 4:23 AM
Great video! Beautiful card! Why had I never thought of cutting a shape out of the center of the large panel?! That little wasted of paper has always bugged me.
Leslie Parks  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 11:25 AM
This is such an awesome technique. Quick question: would I get the same results using a distressed ink in pad form?
Dani Neuenschwander  |  Sat Feb 6, 2016 at 12:52 PM
Love the tips and tricks and appreciate your time also to help give us these ideas.
I have a question if that's ok please? I hope this is the right place to ask. Anyway, I have the problem in putting together a card that is 'complete' and looks great.
I have many great separate elements where I emboss and colour and paint and do lots of different things on bits and peaces of card stock and water colour paper etc. So I have all these pieces lying around, but then I get stuck with assembling a completed card if this makes sense? Thanks for any advice as I reckon I have enough to make a stack of cards but I am stuck in this silly rut.
Thanks again and kindest regards
Angela Jennings  |  Sun Sep 17, 2017 at 4:25 PM

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