Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Inked Embossing Folder Background Tutorial

Hello Everyone! 
Today on Shelly's Images Tutorial/Technique Tuesday, I'd like to share/remind you of an easy, fun technique to use in making your background paper panels.  It is simply INKING your EMBOSSING FOLDERS and running it through your Cuttlebug, Big Shot, Vagabond ... whatever embossing machine you may use.  Here are the easy steps:

For my card creation, I am using SU River Rock cardstock, White cardstock, SU River Rock ink and a Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder.
 Simply add ink to the 'UNraised' side of your embossing folder (usually the side with the name on it) by either sliding your pad across it or for more coverage, patting your ink pad on the embossing folder.

 Once you have your embossing folder inked up, place your white card stock inside the folder and run it through your embossing machine.  Below is a sample of what it will look like.  Of course, the end result varies dependent upon how much ink you apply to your folder. 

Here is my card creation using this panel as background with Shelly's "Hen" digi image. 

I hope you'll give this fun, EASY technique a try the next time you're looking for that background panel that is subtle, yet STRIKING!!
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Here are two more cards using the same technique with different colors / embossing folders.
 Recipe:  SU Soft Sky ink, Cuttlebug EF, Sizzix Snowflake Dies, Shelly's 'SnowLady' digi stamp


Recipe: SU Old Olive ink, Sizzix EF, Shelly's 'Pot of Gold'

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give it a try.  It's really very easy and looks great!
Happy Crafting!


  1. Fabulous tutorial Darlene. I haven't ever tried this, but I love the look of it. I just need more days in the week to try all the things I want to try. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Darlene - this technique ROCKS - going to have to give this a try! I'm with Shelly - really need more hours in the day to try all these new things!!
    Hugs & Happy Days!

  3. Thank you for reminding me of this cool technique... You cards are amazing. I especially like the one with the chicken on it. Gotta give this a try. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Dawn

  4. Thanks for sharing this technique Darlene. I can't wait to give it a try. Your cards are beautiful.

  5. Lovely results, I'll have to give this a go. Thanks for sharing ;)

  6. I never thought that embossing folders are these easy. But I find that the results of these are great.