Faux Letterpress with M-Bossabilities™

by Beate Johns

Ink your M-Bossabilities folder before embossing your cardstock for rich, letterpress look.


  • Grand Calibur™, or other die cutting machine

  • Adapter plate

  • M-Bossabilities™ or other embossing folder (Elegance M-Bossabilities™ used here)

  • Neutral cardstock

  • Ink pad (Cantaloupe Memento™ used here)


  1. Step 1

    Apply ink directly to the inside of your M-Bossabilities folder.

  2. Step 2

    Place cardstock over the inked part of your folder.

  3. Step 3

    Close the folder and place it on top of the base plate.

  4. Place the Adapter plate over the the embossing folder.

  5. Step 4

    Run sandwich through the Grand Calibur.

  6. Step 5

    Take cardstock out of the folder.

  7. Step 6

    Finish your project.



  1. Use Markers instead
    Color your design with markers instead of an ink pad for multicolored look.

    If you are using watercolor markers, mist the folder lightly with water before embossing.
    If you are using alcohol markers, mist the folder with alcohol or blending solution before embossing.
    (Image and idea courtesy of Sharon Harnist)

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Letterpress with M-Bossabilities™. 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.

This is so simple but I would never have thought of it. It opens up all sorts of possibilities. I can't wait to get started!

Thank you.
Magrat7451  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 5:23 AM
Love this. Thanks, can't wait to try it.
Bethany  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 6:13 AM
Sooooo easy! Why didn't I think of that?! Thank you!!!
Catherine  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 6:19 AM
What a great idea! I really like the look. I have tried adding ink after dry embossing but it usually looks sloppy and ink smears where not wanted. thanks for the new idea.
Craft smiles  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 6:51 AM
I am going to try this technique - again. Had done it b/4 and was not happy with the results. Thank you for sharing.

Where did u get the card base from.....you stated everything else but the card base/frame.
Carolyn Smith  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 7:14 AM
This looks easy peasy! Maybe I'll give it a try later!
Lynn Lehrman  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 7:36 AM
Sherly Giglio  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 7:38 AM
Hi Carolyn,
I only list supplies that are needed for the tutorial on the supply list. You can find the supplies for the entire card in the gallery.
The card base was cut and embossed with the largest of Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Square Nestabilities dies.
beate  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 7:39 AM
Thank you....I'm working on something similar. If all goes well I will make up a card using the theme.
Carolyn Smith  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 8:01 AM
What a great idea! I can't wait to try this for our card exchange! You guys are amazing!!
Jan Holdorf  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 8:04 AM
does the ink wash off easily enough or will the e/f be stained afterwards?
many thanks
kathleen mc xx
Kathleen Mc  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 8:17 AM
Loved the video my MBossabilities arrived by post today, and now I have another way of using them. Thanks
Dee Laker  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 8:34 AM
The ink should wash right off. I just rinsed my folder under running water.
beate  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM
thanks for the reply. i've got some memento inks and plenty embossing folders - will have to give this a go!
Kathleen Mc x
Kathleen Mc  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 8:49 AM
Thank you for your help
Carolyn Smith  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM
Thank you, Beate! Your card turned out gorgeous. I love this technique and can't wait to get my hands on some of these M-Bossabilities folders!
Emily Leiphart  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 9:47 AM
So pretty and quick. Great technique and great video as always.
Pam Crusberg  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM
What type(s) of ink will work for faux letterpress? Dye? Pigment? Stampin' Up, VersaFine, VersaColor, VersaMagic? (etc.)
Alice  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Can you use the big shot and what pads would you use?
susemae  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM
You should be able to use any ink for this technique.

You can use any die cut machine. Just use the sandwich suggested by the manufacturer of the machine for embossing folders.
beate  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

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