A Cool and Easy Idea with Embossing Folders

by Virginia Lu

Hello, Altenew friends! This is Virginia here. I have a fun post about using embossing folders. Like you, I love the instant and impressive results with embossing folders. The best part is that you can create with any color cardstock. There are also many creative ways in adding colors to the dry-embossed images. If you love to get inky, this approach might be your next thing to try! The hardest part of creating my projects was ….waiting for the ink to dry.

I am using Perfect Poinsettia 3D Embossing Folder as my example. The color media I used in this case are the Altenew Ink Sprays!

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Before I tackled the project, I picked out the ink colors that would coordinate with the theme of the specific embossing folder. You can simply use your favorite colors or whatever you have in your stash.

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First, I sprayed the top part of the embossing folder with various Metallic Ink Sprays (Antique Gold, Forest Glades, and Coral Berry). I also spritzed 2-3 sprays of water to facilitate the color mixing without muddling the colors. Carefully, I put the Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and ran it through the die cutting machine as usual.

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For the final touches, I added the stamped and cut poinsettia from Holiday Flower Stamp Set. The Metallic Thread and Antique Gold sequins gave this card that extra wow factor.

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I also created my 2nd card in the same fashion.

1. Spray ink (Ruby Red, Puffy Heart, and Frayed Leaf) to the cardstock.

2. Give one or two spritzes of water over the embossing folder, carefully placing the cardstock over the inky side.

3. Die cut with the embossing folder, and let the ink dry.

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One thing to note is that no cards will have the exact same inky result. I love the organic aspect of this approach. See the white part on the top part of the card? It was not planned. I actually love that the ink didn't quite entirely cover the cardstock!
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I easily finished this card with the Happy Holidays Script Die Set and Antique Gold Sequins.  The Gold Foil Cardstock is definitely awesome to use with a large sentiment die and makes this project super easy and fast.

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I hope today's post inspired you to get inky with the embossing folders. Thank you for stopping by!

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Sharon Brand November 28, 2020 - 10:17

These cards are just gorgeous! I know about this technique
but never think to use it!!!

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Karen Hale November 28, 2020 - 10:40

Love your cards and this technique. Can’t wait to try it with my holiday cards. Thanks, Virginia, for the inspiration to try something new!

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Linda BL November 28, 2020 - 11:05

The colors you used are beautiful with the poinsettia embossing folder! The metallic ink sprays add such a lovely shine to your project as do the metallic thread and the sequins! The gold sentiment on the second card really compliments the other metallic touches!

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Marilynn d-r November 28, 2020 - 11:05

Beautiful cards with the poinsettia embossing folders. The colors really show the details of the folder. Thanks for the inspiration

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Maureen Reiss November 28, 2020 - 11:25

Really Beautiful cards!!!

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evieb2013 November 28, 2020 - 11:33

Oh my gosh, Virginia these cards are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing this technique…I am definitely going to try this (probably today)!

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Michele F November 28, 2020 - 11:40

Virginia, these are exquisite! I’m so happy that you, and a few others, have brought back embossing in such a fun way! It’s something I used to do with those folder, and I always loved it! Gorgeous embossing folders always help – this one is stunning!
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Sue D November 28, 2020 - 13:35

Pretty colors and I like the dimension.

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Denise Bryant November 28, 2020 - 14:01

Beautiful cards! I love this embossing folder…. such pretty details!

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Patricia Wilson November 28, 2020 - 15:18

Interesting technique. Didn’t know you could use spray ink.

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dawnnz November 29, 2020 - 03:18

Stunning Virginia. I’ve been debating if I need this folder….and the answer is YES! Especially after seeing these two great cards.

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Cindy C. November 29, 2020 - 10:01

So gorgeous!! The dimension created with the embossing folder looks awesome. And I love the rich, festive colors you chose!

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dorothyayotte December 2, 2020 - 23:28

I have purchased this folder and am so looking forward to trying to make colored backgrounds. I just love the look of your cards!

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Cheryl C December 3, 2020 - 22:28

These cards are lovely and the colors! I’m so happy I have this folder and am going to try this technique. I loved the way the gold sentiment shined. I think I will try and gloss the entire card and see if this makes the colors just glow. I am so happy for your inspiration, it helps me grow and learn and gets me outside of my timid box.

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