Creative Uses of Embossing Folders

Hello! I have noticed that more companies are coming out with embossing folders with amazing 3D effects. So I thought I would pull together a video sharing ways to use any embossing folder creatively.

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All of my examples show unique ways to use embossing folders. I also share many different card designs uses die cut frames.

Note: The 3D embossing folders require a different sandwich than the regular embossing folders. Please check with your machine’s instructions to figure out what is best. But it is simple!

My first example features the lovely Sizzix Flower Heart Doodle 3D Embossing Folder. Inside the folder, I inked the flat raised side with Hero Arts Soft Vanilla Ink and added a piece of white cardstock. After running it through my die cut machine, I end up with a textured piece… with yellow in the background and white raised flowers. So elegant! I then used the My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle Dies to make five frame die cuts… and stacked them together to form a dimensional frame.

I used the same embossing folder to emboss white cardstock for the background and lined up the patterns of the two on the front of a notecard. I added stacked Pretty Pink Posh Hello Friend die cuts and a small Simon Says Stamp Vacation Time “missing you” sentiment strip.

For my next example, I used the new-and-oh-so-pretty Tim Holtz Botanical 3D Embossing Folder. I added Hero Arts Soft Pool Ink into the folder before running the paper through. After, I lightly added Broken China Distress Oxide Ink with a Mini Ink Blending Tool to the raised flowers. I really like this two-tone look.

I created the three-stitched-row frame with the Reverse Confetti Stitched Squares (SSS | RC) and added the floral piece to the center. The stacked “friend” die cuts are also from the Pretty Pink Posh Hello Friend Dies… and the “thinking of you” is from the Simon Says Stamp Simple Sentiments 1 Stamp Set.

Here is similar card… except this time I added yellow ink to the raised areas… and turned the square frame to be a diamond.

Here is another example showing the look you can get by adding ink to raised areas of an embossed piece. After using the Tim Holtz Lumber 3D Embossing Folder with kraft cardstock, I applied Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink with a Mini Ink Blending Tool for color and definition.

The background is cut with the Kat Scrappiness Diamond Wire Die – so unique!

The white frame piece has five stacked Memory Box Riverbank Oval die cuts… and the sentiment features the Birch Press Hello Sugar Script Die and Hero Arts Support Prayers Love Stamp Set.

You can also use products with your embossing folders to create shimmer, etc. For my next card, I used the Tim Holtz Botanical 3D Embossing Folder with Hero Arts Soft Pool Ink inside. I then lightly applied Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen to the raised areas for subtle shimmer… and created a dimensional frame with the My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle Dies.

For the background, I added a Lawn Fawn Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Die die cut. What a great die!

The sentiment is from the Pretty Pink Posh Love You Dies.

For my few next cards, I added shimmer with pigment powders. I first created a piece with Tim Holtz Botanical 3D Embossing Folder and Hero Arts Soft Vanilla Ink. I then lightly rubbed a Versmark Ink pad on the raised flowers and dusted on Perfect Pearls. This adds shimmer to the flowers.

I created a small frame for this card with the Reverse Confetti Stitched Squares (SSS | RC) and added a sentiment from the Janes Doodles All Occasions Stamp Set.

I again used Perfect Pearls on my next two cards, but added it to the background instead of the raised flowers. I first added Versmark Ink pad to the inside of a Sizzix Floral Blossom 3D Embossing Folder. (This one will be back in stock next week!) After running blue cardstock through the folder, I dusted on Perfect Pearls. The shimmer is so pretty!

This cool frame is my new favorite… it is from the My Favorite Things Linked Octagon Frame Dies (SSS | MFT). Isn’t it fun!?

The “hello friend” is from the Simon Says Stamp Simple Sentiments 1 Stamp Set. I use that set a lot!

Here is another card done with the same Perfect Pearls technique but with white cardstock. The results are simple yet elegant. I used the Pretty Pink Posh Hello Shaker Die and a Lawn Fawn Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Die background.

The photo doesn’t really capture the shimmer on this one, but it is there! And I added one silver glitter die cut to the top of my stacked frame.

You can also add heat embossing to your embossed backgrounds. Here, I used the Tim Holtz Botanical 3D Embossing Folder with Gina K Sea Glass Dye Ink. After running it through, I lightly added VersaMark Ink to the raised areas. Finally, I shook on Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder and heat set it. This results in pearly-shine on the flowers. I also used the embossing powder on my My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle frame and Mama Elephant Hello Script die cut.

Here you can see the pearly shine. The stamped sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Words Stamp Set.

You can also use these techniques with regular embossing folders. For this card, I used the Couture Creations Bohemian Bazaar Embossing Folder with Gina K Sea Glass Dye Ink inside. I then directly added Gina K Applemint Ink to the raised areas for a two-tone-textured look.

This card again features the fun Avery Elle Oval Burst Die and Birch Press Hello Sugar Script Die sentiment.

I also like to use embossing folders with specialty cardstocks. This card features silver cardstock, the Tim Holtz 3D Mechanics Embossing Folder, Simon Says Stamp Dude Dies, Avery Elle Oval Burst Die, and Simon Says Stamp CZ Emphatic Stamp Set.

This looks like real, textured metal!

And I have one last card. This was a bonus card… just showing how you can use a frame on top of an embossed background. This features the Sizzix Floral Blossom 3D Embossing Folder and Pretty Pink Posh Hello Shaker Die.


Here are a couple more embossing folder idea videos:

You can also find more embossing folder products HERE, including regular and 3D.


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Tim Holtz Botanical 3D Embossing Folder
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Sizzix Textured Impressions Flower…
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Sizzix Textured Impressions Floral…
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*Tim Holtz Lumber 3D Embossing Folder
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*Tim Holtz 3D Mechanics Embossing Folder
[ SSS ]
Couture Creations Bohemian Bazaar…
[ SSS ]
*My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle…
[ SSS ]
*My Favorite Things Linked Octagon…
[ SSS | MFT ]
*Lawn Fawn Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Die
[ SSS ]
*Kat Scrappiness Diamond Wire Die
[ KATS ]
*Avery Elle Oval Burst Die
[ SSS ]
*Memory Box Riverbank Oval Die
[ SSS ]
Reverse Confetti Stitched Squares Dies
[ SSS | RVR ]
Pretty Pink Posh Hello Shaker Die
[ SSS ]
Mama Elephant Hello Script Die
[ SSS ]
*Simon Says Stamp Dude Dies
[ SSS ]
*Pretty Pink Posh Hello Friend Die
[ SSS ]
Pretty Pink Posh Love You Dies
[ SSS ]
Birch Press Hello Sugar Script Die
[ SSS ]
*Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Words…
[ SSS ]
*Simon Says Stamp Vacation Time Stamp…
[ SSS ]
*Simon Says Stamp Simple Sentiments 1…
[ SSS ]
*Simon Says Stamp CZ Emphatic Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
*Hero Arts Support Prayers Love Stamp…
[ SSS ]
Janes Doodles All Occasions Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS ]
* Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing…
[ SSS ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS ]
Broken China Distress Oxide Ink
[ SSS ]
Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Soft Pool Ink
[ SSS ]
Gina K Applemint Ink
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Soft Vanilla Ink
[ SSS ]
Gina K Sea Glass Dye Ink
[ SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS ]
Perfect Pearls
[ SSS ]
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
[ SSS ]
My Favorite Things Brushed Silver…
[ MFT ]

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82 thoughts on “Creative Uses of Embossing Folders”

  1. All of your cards are so pretty. I actually just got rid of a lot of my embossing folders because I never like how my cards turn out with them. and I tend to use them the same way all the time. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I just love those 3D embossing folders you used from Tim Holtz. They are so very elegant. I have a good variety of embossing folders, so I’m off to my craft room to make some cards. Thank you for always inspiring me to make beautiful cards.

  3. Oh My Word!!! I don’t know how you keep coming up with so many stunning ideas! But I am so thankful you do because you inspire so many of us. Thank you for that!

  4. Great video and cards. Have you tried to use the 3D embossing folders in your Gemini? I can’t figure out a good sandwich for these dies using my Gemini. Thanks.

    1. I am having trouble with that too. Does anyone have any suggestions? Did you figure it out? I can not get the folder to go through the machine. It grabs only the top plate no matter how I sandwhich it.

  5. I watch all of your tutorials. They are all beautifully done with wonderful ideas. One question I’ve always wondered about…how do you keep your fingers from getting inky?

  6. All of the cards are simply gorgeous, Jennifer! You mention spraying the cards with a fixative when you used Perfect Pearls. What product do you use? Thank you.

  7. I love these cards jennifer! I’ve done this with my regular embossing folders, but hadn’t tried it with the anna griffin 3D folders I got a few months ago. I also tend to use the whole embossed piece, and I really like the cards you used a smaller piece on!
    I have a question. I get a little discouraged as I craft because I feel like it takes me forever, and of course I’ve just watched your 20-25 min video. It would help me to know that you’re editing 2 hours? 3 hours? of work down to the short video. I’d be less discouraged! Thank you for your inspiration.

  8. These cards are stunning! What great ideas – thank you for taking the time to create a video for us and share your techniques.

  9. I have just been thinking about I need to use my embossing folders again soon. 🙂 Can’t wait for my laundry to dry so I can watch the video!

  10. These are absolutely gorgeous. Love the idea of creating the frames. Can’t wait to try this.

  11. Thank you so much for all of these ideas. I get new folders and emboss some card stock and then don’t know what to do with them. All of your ideas help so much! I can’t wait to get embossing and creating new designs. Thank you thank you! One of my favorite of your videos, helps so much!

  12. Beautiful cards, love these techniques. Looks like I need to get some 3D embossing folders. Thanks for the great tips.

  13. Beautiful examples and such lovely cards. You always inspire me and introduce new products and techniques. Thank you, Jennifer, for everything you do and share. My name was picked for a giveaway from your blog. Thank you so very much, I was thrilled.

  14. Beautiful cards, and fun technique. I do have one questions for you, however. What fixative do you use after the perfect pearls? Thanks

  15. I have a lot of emboss folders I do not use very often. I am going to try some of you techniques.
    Your cards are always so beautiful.
    Have a sparkling day!

  16. Wow! So many great ideas, Jennifer, and well presented! I feel myself emerging from my card-making slump. Thanks!

  17. Thank you Jennifer for all the terrific videos. ?… It seems as tho you jump around using different die cutting/ embossing machines. Do you find one is better for some things than another? Or you just making sure to give them equal time?

  18. Great ideas just keep coming through from you. I had two cards, partially complete, on my desk, and couldn’t decide how to finish. After seeing this, I have several ideas. SO, thanks again! All the cards were beautiful in great Jennifer style!

  19. These are all so beautiful Jennifer. Your ideas are always fun and I love that you sometimes revisit older techniques that we can ramp up with the new products. You are an absolute inspiration to me!

  20. Super cool techniques, Jennifer! I have lots of embossing folders & forget to use them. Thanks so much for the awesome inspiration!

  21. Absolutely beautiful. Can’t wait to give it a try!! BTW – What do you use for the perfect pearls fixative? I have tried to find such a product, but no luck. Thanks for all your inspiration and wonderful ideas/technique demos.

  22. Jennifer, your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Yes, this video was well worth sitting through. The cards are gorgeous and I love that I now know how to extend the use of all my embossing folders. I’m looking forward to giving these techniques a try. Thanks for inspiring me yet again!

  23. Jennifer, I have a ton of embossing folders I hardly ever use – thank you so much for the fantastic ideas!!

  24. Oh wow Jennifer! Beautiful,stunning,gorgeous cards!Thanks so much for all the inspiration,you are such a blessing.xx

  25. Hi Jennifer,
    I raely leave comments however after watching todays video I am compelled leave one! YOU ROCKED IT OUT OF THE BALLPARK!!!!! Love, love , love your video’s and style. The level of your creativity simply amazes me! My first love is handmaking books and mixed media/needle felting. Making cards has always been very very difficult for me. Never fails they always look like a second grader made them. Which isn’t a bad thing if you are a kid because cards/art from children is so special! But when all your friends know you are “crafty” it looks like I didn’t care about what I was giving them. Ive been watching your video’s for a pretty long time. You have given me the skills and confidence to make very nice cards. Can’t thank you enough for that!
    You also impress me with your commitment to non bullying campaigns and generosity.
    Thank you again for sharing your talents with us!

  26. I hardly ever use my embossing folders, although, I have a bunch of them. This got me very excited about making things with them. I just bought the SSS monthly kit and that Tim Holtz embossing folder was in there. Wow! You created some awesome cards with it. Here I come embossing folders.

  27. Framing embossed paper is great, never thought about doing that.different ways of embossing is such a great idea, thank you so much , I have so many embossing folders.

  28. love, love, love your cards!! absolutely gorgeous!!! love your videos! keep them coming, lol

  29. Wow, Jennifer, what a fabulous video! I have already taken notes, added lots of the products into the cart and project list, and I’m going to go back and watch it again! Most of my embossing folders are an all-over design so I’m going to NEED a whole lot of new embossing folders!!! Enabler!!

  30. It is always nice to come to your blog and see the close up of these beautiful cards.

    well done and tfs

  31. This technique is great. The tone on tone florals are so elegant. I am anxious to try this tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend.

  32. I am blown away! What potential I have in my embossing folders! Thank you for showing all these examples! I am inspired!

  33. Thank you so much for your technique videos. You give us new inspiration all of the time. You are amazing.

  34. Awesome cards all of them, I am hoping to see some 3D folders at the Dulth expo in a few weeks.

  35. Jennifer, you could put out a video that lasted hours and I’d sit glued to my chair watching it!! it is ALWAYS worth it!!! Thanks so much for sharing I loved every moment! 🙂

  36. WOW! The ideas are bouncing around in my head since watching your video. I want you to know that all the work you put in to making your videos is appreciated. Thank you!

  37. It is definitely always worth it. These cards are absolutely beautiful!!! I really like the soft ink colors, too. It makes it look so elegant! Thanks for your inspiration!!!

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