During one of our live broadcasts, one of the most requested tutorials was for more embossing folder ideas. It seems we own lots of embossing folders, but we need more inspiration for how to use them in our cards. Today’s tutorial features how to get colourful and inky embossing folder backgrounds. We’ll be playing with the Butterfly Rose Cut-and Emboss folder included in Papercraft Essentials 170 (on sale February 7th).
This stunning 5×7” folder not only embosses, it also die-cuts a butterfly aperture simultaneously! This innovative design allows you to create quick shaker cards and all-occasion makes with beautiful texture. We decided to pair the cut-and-emboss folder with some Distress Oxides to create an inky colourful and textured background. Now the great thing about this easy embossing technique is that you’ll get unique colour-play every time! No two backgrounds will ever be the same.
To start, you’ll need a few Distress Oxide colours (we used Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers) and a water spritzer (we love this one because it includes water brushes) to activate easy colour blending. Then you’ll need to simply ink one side of your embossing folder (on either side will work). After you ink your folder, spritz a fine layer of water on top of your inks, add your white cardstock, and run through your die-cutting machine. When you open your folder you’ll see a beautiful and surprising blend of colour!
Watch the tutorial below for step-by-step instructions:
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