I love it when you can find another purpose for all those piles of stamping supplies that have accumulated in your crafting space. This technique gives a second life to embossing folders.
Stamping with Embossing Folders: Use embossing folders as a stamp to add an easy background image to your project. Gently apply ink to the raised surface of an embossing folder with the ink pad. Don’t use too much pressure, just lightly tap the ink pad to the embossing folder. Carefully lay your embossing folder onto your cardstock, and lightly rub to transfer the ink to the cardstock. *You may use a paper piercing mat or a piece of craft foam underneath the cardstock to get a better stamped image.
This is really an easy technique and it adds a nice background without adding an addition layer of cardstock or added thickness. I just used the Honeycomb Embossing Folder (p.226) and some Crumb Cake ink to create this great background. I added some images from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set (p.164), some linen thread (p.206), and little punched flowers using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (p.222).
This card also uses the Honeycomb Embossing Folder (p.226), however I just inked up parts of the folder to create a slightly different appearance. I added some feathers from the Four Feathers stamp set (p.49 OC) and cut with the coordinating Feathers Framelits (p.49 OC). I placed the feathers on a circle piece of cardstock which was embossed with an inked Woodgrain Embossing Folder (p.227). I added a little linen thread and a Gold Metallic Button (p.13 OC) as the final embellishments.
This card features the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder (p.227) inked in White ink and stamped on a piece of Black cardstock. I added some Sweet Sadie Washie Tape (p.190) and a flower from the Beautiful Bunch stamp set (p.158) in Calypso Coral.
This Halloween card also was created by stamping with White ink and the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (p.45 OC) on a Black card base. I added some images from the Holiday Home stamp set (retired).
This last sample was created with Crumb Cake ink on a Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder (p.227). I added a few images from the Mosaic Madness stamp set (p.163) with stampin’ dimensionals and some flowers from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (p.222) with pearl embellishments. The sentiment is from the Lots of Thanks stamp set (p.150).
So, I hope you try giving your embossing folders a new purpose by turning them into stamps, and creating some nice background images that will be a nice touch to any card.
Happy Stampin’ !