I may be late to the party but I recently discovered embossing folders. They are quickly becoming one of my "go-to" tools when I am stumped on a layout and need something new.

To get started you will need:
4x6 or smaller piece of cardstock
embossing folder
diecutting or embossing machine
water bottle mister (optional)

Note: You can find many different embossing folder options from Cuttlebug, Sizzix and Quickutz. I have folders from all three companies and find that they all work equally. Some folders emboss shapes while others emboss textures. I tend to gravitate towards the texture folders. Machines vary as well. The folders can be used in a Cuttlebug, Epic 6, Revolution, Sizzix Texture Boutique and Big Shot. I use the Big Shot because after researching I found that it was the most versatile die cutting machine on the market at the time. You may have to adjust my directions depending on which machine you use.

Start by placing a single sheet of cardstock into the folder. I like to lightly "mist" my paper with water. It gives the embossing an extra deep impression.

On the BigShot, you will place the closed folder sandwiched between the two cutting mats. Place the mats onto the universal platform set to Tab 1.

Crank the handle and run the plates through the machine.

Remove the plates and now your cardstock went from plain jane to fancy nancy.

Another fun trick for embossed paper? Take an ink pad and rub over the embossed surface of your paper. I used a dye ink pad here to create an animal skin look. Chalk ink like cats eye pads look softer and give an equally cool effect.

If you emboss a white core cardstock (like DieCutsWithaView) or color core cardstock (like Coordinations) you can rub a sanding block over the surface to bring out the texture.

I like to punch shapes out of my embossed paper to make embellishments for my layouts. You could also diecut shapes after embossing as well.

That's it! Now you know the basic steps needed to emboss your paper.

Here are some examples of layouts I have recently made using embossed cardstock and punched pieces of embossed cardstock. There have been many times when I would be working on a layout and just couldn't find that one little piece of paper that went with the page. I would run out of a certain pattern or needed something more subtle but not plain cardstock. Embossing plates to the rescue!

The red circle behind the Owl and the teal circle behind the star is embossed.

The green paper under the stripe is embossed.

The teal paper behind the flower is embossed.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my ideas and pages!

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Love this tutorial. I have a cuttlebug, but have not used it much. I love your ideas. I'm getting my cuttlebug out!!!
Great ideas! Love your layouts!
Great idea. I love the folders for cards but really hadn't thought about using them in scrapbooking. Thanks for the idea.
Awesome tutorial!! I will have to dig out my cuttlebug and embossing folder and try this out!!
thank you so much. this is so neat!
Great ideas and wonderful samples, thanks for sharing!
I'm late to embossing too!!! Thanks for bringing the idea to the forefront!
I like the idea of spraying water on the paper first, must try that. I also started embossing the flaps of the envelopes before sendig my cards. Its pretty neat.
Oh, very very cute ideas, Laina! You have made me want to dig out all of my old embossing stuff! And even the embossed papers I have purchased but rarely use! Great pages you have made here, also. Thanks for the wonderful tips!
Great, I'm loving this!
These are great ideas!
Fantastic tutorial, thanks for sharing. I keep meaning to get more embossing folders but I don't use mine enough but will be doing more with them now!!


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