In The Craft Room 10th May 2014 – Embossing folders, inks and more

Week two of our craft group member’s choice month.

This week is Jackie’s choice – using embossing folders.


My  “ever growing” collection of embossing folders, which include collections from Embossalicious (Crafters Companion), Sheena Douglass, Couture Creations, Spellbinder, Tim Holtz to name but a few, are what we are going to be using this afternoon . I think that they can  just add that something extra to a card even just using them in their plain form. But there is so much more you can do, using inks, gilding wax, embossing powders, mica powders, gelatos, alcohol inks, the list goes on, you can change the look of the card in so many ways.

You can use the embossed card as a background, a focal point, or a border, you can add texture to you die cuts- use embossed card for making flowers, just play.

Over the years I have used several different types of card stock for embossing and found that the best weight card (personal preference) to be 240-250gsm.

  From basic white card stock [which I buy in bulk from It is a lovely smooth card ideal  for all  basic craft techniques and can be purchased in a variety of gsms (from 200-350) and sizes (A4, A3 and oversized A3)] to more specialised card stock including pearlised (Centura Pearl form Crafters Companion takes some beating) Mirri card, Core’dinations all work really well. also try embossing your patterned/printed card stock for a different look.

We are playing with inks this afternoon so plain white is all we need. and here is a quick step by step to what we will be doing.

Take a piece of plain white card (or as per Sheena Douglass, use can also use the matt side of Centura Pearl) slightly larger than your embossing folder, place in folder and run through your machine. I have heard that if you do not have an embossing machine that you can use a rolling pin. Not tried it yet though. If anybody has and it works please let me know.


Take a permanent ink pad like Stayzon or Archival, preferably an old dry one (if using a newish one which is quite wet just be extra gentle) and very lightly just rub (in a circular motion) of the top of the embossed areas


Using water based inks like Distress or Adirondack with a blending tool, sponge,brush blend into the background, remembering to go around the edges with a darker colour


This gives you your basic background to which you can add gilding waxes, stickles, glitters etc.

Now, we had a new lady, Irene,  join the group today and I am not sure whether the rest of the group were trying to make her feel at home by all acting as newbies too or whether it was the gilding wax fumes going to their heads, but what an afternoon, Not only did I need eyes in the back of my head (as normal) but sides as well. I won”t go into details except to say that is was a glass of  Gin that was needed not a glass of wine when they had all gone, lol.

So how did they actually get on this afternoon? surprising well considering,

Irene our “newbie” hadn’t done any crafting before and was really thrown in at the deep end. she was lovely though, listened (and more importantly remembered) and learned about using embossing machines (correctly) inks, layering etc and went home with two lovely pieces cards.



Not bad at all for someone who has not crafted before.

You may  notice that the “Tonic” Happy birthday die is rather popular with the group. I made the mistake of using it on a sample  card and of course being such a lovely die  it was noticed straight away.


Jackie, who chose this week’s theme,  managed to complete two cards. In fact, and I have never known this happen before, but the last cup cake on the plate this week was hers as she was “to busy working” . They were one of her favourites too, Cherry and Almond (recipe on my recipe page)



The first one is embellished with a “Tattered Lace” die which is all that was needed to finish the card, like how she has carried the embossed background into her sentiment too,  and the second one ( black and white always looks good)is still under debate, A flower and some leaves embellishment in the corner too?

Diane too has managed to complete two cards


Is there a colour theme going on here ? pink seems to be a rather popular colour and really pops on the black and white card.

Lisa too was in the zone this afternoon, quietly? getting on with her practice pieces and her card project.


Different colours, different effects. Just cut some A6 pieces of card and play with different colour combinations


Tonic dies and a Sheena Douglass embossing folder(from Taste of India range) and finshed off with some gilding wax (Pebeo renaissance gold) love it.

There was so much more that they did not get time to play with from just embossing with mirri card

IMAG0822Sorry not the best picture, and than dabbing with alcohol inks


Where did that pink come from? Cut to size and just matt and layer with the sample from the step by step, add a couple of embelishments and a happy birthday


This really is a quick and easy way to make cards.

This next sample which we did not get time to try is based on one from Sheena Douglass’s Taste of India DVD


Layer 1 – Craft card cut to size  embossed and inked around the edges with a black ink pad(no point doing the middle as will be covered), any will do. A bit of gilding wax on the edges and matted onto black card.

Layer 2 – Black card cut to size embossed and rubbed with gilding waxes around the edges (again no point wasting wax on the middle as wont be seen) first with gold then silver) and matted onto black card.

Layer 3 – Using  Sheena’s technique of using glycerine instead of Versamark, and brayer onto de-boss side of embossing folder. Using craft card cut to size  in folder emboss then cover with gold embossing powder, shake off excess and heat with heat gun. gilding wax around the edges, matt onto black card.

Some die cut embellishments, Yes that Tonic Happy birthday again and  the dragonfly is a new one from spellbinder with gilding wax.  I will try and discuss gilding waxes a bit more next week as they are so very useful to have in your stash, but you need to have the right ones.


Thats all for this week, time for that Gin I think

I need to find out how others manage workshops with 10 and more, I only have 5/6 and thats more than enough  for me lol. (love it really honest, bout there are times……………)

Back with more next week – “F’leathering” again – Lisa’s choice

Thank you for reading


















  1. Lisa

    Lol that was a very entertaining read, thoroughly enjoyed playing with the embossing folders and gilding wax 🙂

  2. Julie Rose

    Beautiful projects xx

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