Make a Card With Embossing – Photo Tutorial

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I’m The Emboss

To emboss paper means to give it a raised design. For this project, we’ll learn how to make a card with two different embossing techniques.

You can emboss by pressing paper into a mold, or by using heat with special powders.

As you can see above, our background features the layered leaves pattern. We achieve this look with an embossing folder and the big shot.

Our punched out flowers are heat embossed. For those we will pour embossing powder (much in the same way you would use glitter) over our stamped design, then use a heat tool. The tool will make it solidify and give that raised design.

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How To Make A Card With These Embossed Features

In this tutorial we will cover step-by-step how to make this card. Remember, you can use the tips you learn here to make your very own unique designs and styles.

We’ll call this one, “I’m the Emboss”.

Below you will see a screenshot photo of the inspiration I got for this card by “Stampinstilletos” on Youtube. You can take any of the colors, embossing folders, or embellishments that you have and make this card in your own way time and again.

how to make a card - inspiration


Cuts of Paper:

As mentioned above, you can use whatever colors and designs you like. I chose these colors mentioned with the cuts:

  • 8 x 5 ” cardstock base – I used “Crumbcake”
  • 3.5 x 4.5 ” piece of “Very Vanilla” Cardstock
  • 3.5 x .5″ strip of DSP – mine is from the “Eastern Palace” designer series paper pack
  • 3 x .5″ strip of DSP (Also from Eastern Palace)
  • 2.5 x .5″ strip of DSP (Also from Eastern Palace)
  • Fussy-cut shape from one of the pieces of Eastern Palace (shown below)
  • Scrap pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock to stamp on

You might want to cut an extra piece of 3.5″ x 4.5″ Very Vaniila to go on the inside. I didn’t do that for this demonstration, but it’s often helpful for writing the message inside.

For my strips, I used both sides of one Eastern Palace paper, by simply flipping one over. Then, I used the blue from another sheet.

I fussy-cut a shape from that same Eastern Palace paper for the sentiment. Below You can see the paper I fussy-cut my embellishment from. (As seen in the middle strip of accent paper.)

Normally you would cut a piece of the basic cardstock color and then the very vanilla again for this embellishment. You can see the example of this on the “Stampinstillettos” version above.

Finally, I grabbed some extra scraps of “Very vanilla” to stamp my flowers on. These were approximately 2 x 3″ and 2.5 x 4″.

Step 1: Fold Your Card base

how to make a card fold cardstock
The lighting makes it look gray here, but it’s the crumbcake.

For the first step in how to make a card, simply fold your card base in half to where it opens like a book. If you find it helpful, you can score it at 4″ before folding.

Step 2: Emboss Your Background

how to make a card - emboss your background

I am in love with the layered leaves embossing folder. I almost hate to add anything to it, it’s so amazingly gorgeous on it’s own.

For this step, you take your 3.5 x 4.5″ piece of background paper, and run it through your Big Shot inside an embossing folder.

Important tip: This layered leaves folder is really, really thick. I stacked my Big Shot platform, then the folder (with the Very Vanilla paper inside), then only one plate on top to run it through the Big Shot.

Normally, you’ll stack your “sandwich” different for the Big Shot. If you aren’t using the layered leaves folder, refer to the manual and picture tutorials on your machine to stack it correctly.

Also, I recommend that you spritz the paper lightly with water before you close the folder. It helps soften the paper to get a really good mold.

Step 3: Trim Your Strips

how to make a card - trim your strips

Now, we’re ready to work with our three strips of accent paper. You’re going to take your paper snips, and cut at an angle as shown above.

how to make a card - all accents trimmed

Once all your strips are trimmed using the method shown above, they’ll look like this.

Step 4: Assemble What You Have So Far

how to make a card - assemble pieces

Now would be a good time to go ahead and assemble what you have done thus far. It should look like the photo above.

I used fast fuse adhesive on all of these because of the bumpy texture of the embossed background.

Step 5: Stamp Your Flowers

how to make a card - emboss buddy

We are now ready to make our embossed flowers for our “how to make a card” project. Before we stamp our images, we need to run the embossing buddy over our paper.

The embossing buddy is powdery/sandy. It will leave a layer of film that helps the excess embossing powder come off of the places it isn’t suppose to stick.

how to make a card - versamark

When you are going to heat emboss, you must use the Versamark ink pad to stamp you images.  You’ll have to enlarge the photo to see them stamped images, as they go on clear.

Step 6: Pour Your Embossing Powder

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Next, you’ll generously pour your embossing powder over the stamped images.

Notice that I used a piece of regular copy paper underneath my stamped paper before pouring the embossing powder. This makes it easy to get the excess powder back into the jar.

how to make a card- tap off excess powder

Once you tap the paper to get off the excess, you will see your beautiful image now covered with the powder. You can fold up the piece of copy paper and put the rest back in the jar as noted above.

Step 7: Heat Your Powder

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Next, turn your heat tool on high and hold it over the powdered stamped image. After a few seconds you will start to see it get shiny and raise up.

Of course, you only leave the heat on the image until the powder has turned. Once your embossing has appeared, take the heat away.

Step 8: Punch Out Your Flowers

how to make a card- punch your flowers

I love that Stampin Up pairs many of the stamp sets with punches or framelits. For this stamp set, you can use the Pansy Punch on any of the stamps to easily cut out your image.

Maybe you are using daisies with the new daisy punch instead. Perhaps you decided to do butterflies. You can make your embellishments with any shape you like.

how to make a card- finished flowers

Stamp 9: Stamp Your Sentiment

how to make a card - sentiment

Next, I used the same color ink as appears already on my fussy-cut out shape. I used a “thanks” stamp from a retired stamp set. You can use any stamp you have that fits.

Stamp 10: Affix Your Embellishments

how to make a card - finished look

The last step in how to make a card with these embellishments is to put it all together. I used the multi-liquid glue to attach the final embellishments.

As I mentioned before, you might want to put an extra piece of very vanilla inside to write your inside message on. I didn’t do that, but you certainly can.

All Done!

Finally, our tutorial on how to make a card with two different embossing features, “I’m the Emboss”, is all done. What did you think? Will you try it?


Get your paper craft supplies to make your own card with embossed features at my Stampin Up demonstrator website.

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Laura enjoys a variety of crafts including paper crafting, crocheting, sewing, making vinyl tee shirts, and cross-stitching. She tries to balance her time and enjoy the simpler things in life.

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