“Last Thursdays”: Stamping With An Embossing Folder

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You are going to LOVE the technique we are trying at my "Last Thursdays" class on August 28.  We're gonna "stamp" with an embossing folder…and it is definitely Too Cool!  I know you'll want to join us!
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August 28, 6:30pm, Too Cool Stamping Studio

Last Thursdays - logoCreate 4 cards using simple, yet Too Cool technqiues, plus envelopes.

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August's "Last Thursdays" Projects

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Stamped embossing folder - two cool  

Do you ever discover a new stamping technique and it makes you so giddy that you jump up and down, clap your hands together really fast and squeal with joy?  No?  Just me then?  Well, I'm sure you'll do the next best thing when you see today's fun technique—Stamping With Embossing Folders! 

This isn't about a raised embossed texture on the actual card.  It's simply inking up the pattern on the embossing folder and stamping with it for an amazing watercolor background effect.  And, you KNOW I love me a good background technique!  

Let's learn how it's done…

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Stamping With Embossing Folders How-To

Stamped embossing folder - step 1 

  • Use Sponge Daubers to add Classic Ink colors directly to one side of an embossing folder.  Use several colors that will blend well together and apply them randomly without overlapping.
  • TIP: I like to use one Sponge Dauber for each color family and I wrap and tape a strip of card stock around the dauber so I know which colors are which. 
  • TIP: You'll get a different pattern depending on which side of the embossing folder you use.  I used the "middles" of the Zig Zag pattern on this example, and I used the "outlines" of the same folder on my second card (shown at the bottom of this post).

Stamped embossing folder - step 2 

  • Spritz the inked folder with water several times until the ink starts beading.

Stamped embossing folder - step 3 

  • Lay your Whisper White card stock or, even better, Watercolor Paper, on top of the inked folder.  Hold it in place and burnish over the entire piece gently with your fingers to transfer the ink to the paper.

Stamped embossing folder - step 4 

  • Lift the paper off, straight up, and let it dry thoroughly before adhering to your project.
  • You'll need to clean your folder before you stamp another piece, so you don't contaminate your ink pads with the wrong colors.
  • TIP: The fastest and easiest way I've found to clean folders is to simply rinse them under tap water and blot dry with a towel.

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Stamped embossing folder - honeycomb 

CASEd from Margaret Raburn at Fun Stampin' With Margaret..


As soon as I saw this fabulous card from Margaret Raburn, I knew I had to copy it!  It's made with all of my most favoritest colors in one card!  Woot!

Background Basics—I started with a 4-7/8" x 3-5/8" Whisper White card stock, which I stamped with the inked Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  After it was completely dry, I mounted it on a 5" x 3-3/4" layer of Island Indigo and adhered to an Olive Olive card base.

Sweet Sentiment—I stamped the Lots of Thanks sentiment in Old Olive on a 3-1/2" x 3/4" strip of Whisper White, then fish-tailed the ends.  It's adhered with SNAIL on top of the 5" x 1-1/4" piece of Island Indigo on the card front.

Stamped embossing folder - honeycomb3 

Watercolored Honeycomb—I sponged on Island Indigo, Old Olive and Perfect Plum on the "middles" of the the Honeycome Embossing Folder.  The wetter areas are more of a watercolor wash look, and the areas with less water have more of a stippled and distressed look.  Both are pretty fantastic!

Stamped embossing folder - honeycomb2 

Mixed Bunch Blossom—I stamped the Mixed Bunch flower in Perfect Plum onto Perfect Plum card stock two times.  One image was punched with the Blossom Punch and the second image was punched with the 7/8" Scallop Punch to create a popped up flower center. 

Each petal of the flower is bent up, then curved under with a Bone Folder.

Ribbon Leaves—I see these pretty loops of ribbon and twine under flowers all the time, but had never added it to any my projects…until this one!  I looped the 1/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, adhering it to the back of the flower with Fast Fuse Adhesive.  What a fun detail! 

Stamped embossing folder - zigzag 
My second version uses the opposite side of the Zig Zag Embossing Folder that was used in my "How-To" example.
Stamped embossing folder - zigzag2 
I really like the way this background turned out!  So fun! Love those color blends!
Stamped embossing folder - zigzag3
I only used a couple of loops for the ribbon on this version, and I changed the sentiment to a birthday greeting from the Peace, Love & Cupcakes stamp set.  This one is my favorite…which do you like best?
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5 thoughts on ““Last Thursdays”: Stamping With An Embossing Folder”

  1. Every website I looked at this evening had me jumping up and down. Looking at what Anna Griffin, Sue Wilson and others create – I admire and envy you all. However, the inked embossing folders really sparked my creativity because I was looking at all the embossing folders I have and started looking at what I can do. I have been bitten. Thank you so much for the inspiration.


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