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!

Questions and Comments

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

This is so pretty!

I did something similar for the Belleek pottery challenge in the TLC forum at SCS - http://cutscropscreativity.blogspot.com/2012/01/belleek-pottery-challenge.html. But never thought it would look so pretty with other color inks!

Mine was using Cuttlebug and A2 embossing folders.
Chaitali  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 1:07 PM
Gorgeous Beate.
Lisa Lara  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM
Super cute! Running to do it now......
Lisa Minckler  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 2:43 PM
do you ink the negative or positive side of the folder?
janet  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 7:37 PM
You can do both for. It's really up to you. If you ink the the raised side, I would use a brayer so it doesn't hurt your ink pad.
beate  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM
Great tutorial Bete! Thank you for sharing it.
Can´t wait to try it!
Ileana Sánchez-Boschini  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 8:43 PM
I love your tutorials and this one is no exception. Thank you.
Barbara  |  Thu Mar 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM
So beautiful! I assume that you can use any type of embossing folder? Like SU or even Sizix etc.
Mindy  |  Thu Mar 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM
You can use embossing folders from any company.

Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Thu Mar 1, 2012 at 7:04 PM
Beate, this is just beautiful! I've never thought to do this before. Thanks for the tutorial and the great idea.
Bonnie aka raduse  |  Fri Mar 2, 2012 at 11:44 PM
great idea for embossing and addeding color
thank you
marlene  |  Sat Mar 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM
I am going to try this technique, but how do you clean the ink from the embossing folder?
cindy white  |  Sun Mar 4, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Amisha parekh  |  Mon Mar 5, 2012 at 6:56 AM
Use a baby wipe or just hold it under running water. The ink comes off very easy. Just don't use solvent ink that dries on plastic and you will be fine.

Yes, you can do the same thing with Impressabilities. You can find a tutorial for it here.
beate  |  Mon Mar 5, 2012 at 7:07 AM
can you use this same technique of letter press on the cuttlebug?
Christee  |  Wed Mar 7, 2012 at 8:19 PM
well, i've just had a go with one of my sizzix e/f and i love the effect. will def be including this in my 'repetoire'!
Kathleen Mc x
Kathleen Mc  |  Wed Mar 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM
Thank you! Can you please explain how you cut the card base?
audrie  |  Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 5:33 PM
Very nice! I use a vagabond machine- will the effect be the same? I will give it atry! thanks for the nice ideas!
Lucretia  |  Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 8:01 AM
thanks for this tutorial - like others I am off to try it with my sissix eb and nesties. I think I can now see where I went wrong trying this before - the video helped here.
bea  |  Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I am confuuussed. What is the difference between a letter press and an embossing folder. Thank you
Joyce  |  Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

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