Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Double Embossing Technique

Hi everyone, it's that time of the month when I share something with you all and also with those over at She's A Sassy Lady.

Today I wanted to share with you a "new to me" technique.  It's called double embossing and there is a fabulous video tutorial on The Cuttlebug Spot.

I needed to make a Mother's Day card for my MIL, who lives in the UK.  The UK Mothers Day is earlier than in Canada/USA and is on the 10th March, so I thought I would be organised this year.

It also needed to be postage friendly, but I still wanted to make it look pretty, so when I saw this technique I had to give it a go.

Here is my finished card.

I will try and explain the technique as best I can, however if you click on the link above, for The Cuttlebug Spot, it will take you to the video tutorial.

Firstly, for my chipboard pieces I just used a Quakers Porridge Oats box!  I cut two pieces 5.5" by 4.25" and then ran both of these through my Cuttlebug with a Nestabilities labels 8 die.  You will then have one cut piece and the second is slightly embossed.

You can see the slight embossing on the one piece, this helps you position the die so that you cut in the same place.  So position your die and then run through the single piece to die cut.

You then have two die cut pieces and two windows.

Now stick these pieces together so that you have a double thickness window and double thickness inner.

I first stamped my image on to a piece of card stock.  The stamps are from a See D's stamp set called Springtime Swirls.

For the first pass through the Cuttlebug, I placed the stamped piece inside the embossing folder - this is called Baby's Breath and this folder is placed on the A Plate.  Then I positioned the chipboard window on top of the embossing folder and over the stamped image.  I found doing it like this, I was able to position it better.

Next you place the C Plate on top and then run this sandwich through the Cuttlebug.  When you take your piece of card stock out, you will have a smooth place over the stamped image and just embossing around the edge.

Now to dress this up a bit and to make that centre area pop, you need to do the following.  Take your A plate, then a B plate, then one of the tan embossing mats, then your embossed paper and your Nestabilities die with the groves down to the paper.

Next, use your two spare pieces from the chipboard to place over the die - this will help with the embossing.  

Finally comes your B plate and then pass this through the Cuttlebug.

When you remove your card stock, you will see that it has now embossed the edge of the die around your stamped image.  It will not cut through because of the tan embossing mat.

I then trimmed my piece and inked the edges and placed this on my card.

I added a little ribbon to add a little more detail, but as you can see it is still quite flat - so good for overseas posting.

For the inside I used the same papers and just the little rose for the corners.

I hope you will give this technique a go - it has so many possibilities.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

Inky Chicks - Challenge #4: Mothers Day or Birthday (closes 3 March)

Hiding in my Craftroom - Challenge #85: Embossing (closes 23 Feb)

Joyful Stamper: Inspire Me Fridays #96: Anything Goes (closes 21 Feb)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.


  1. Such a cool technique Karon!! Beautiful finished card!! Thanks for sharing and have a GREAT Tuesday!

  2. Elegant and beautiful. MIL will be thrilled. Luckily I don't have to think about Mother's day until May! phew!
    xxx Asha

  3. Karon, what a great card! I love the tutorial! Have a great week! Smiles, Jill

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous, Karon!! The colors and papers are so beautiful!! I've been meaning to try that technique and haven't yet...you have inspired me!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Beautiful Mother's Day card! I love the purple colors and that technique! I haven't tried it yet so may check back later to follow your steps and watch the video you linked.
    visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

  6. Awesome tip on the embossing Karon!
    Beautiful card - will have to try this technique..
    Enjoy your wonderful day~

  7. What a cool technique, a must try. Thanks for sharing. The card is stunning. Love the colors and papers. I know she will love it.

    Hugs Nana
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  8. That's a great technique, TFS! Beautiful card, she's gonna love it :D Have a wonderful day!!

  9. Beautiful card!! Great technique tutorial!

    Thanks for sharing!!


  10. This is stunning, my dear friend! I love that technique but have never tried it myself.. you've shown us just how gorgeous it is. (And you used my favorite Baby's Breath folder! That made my heart extra happy.) Your tutorial is perfect and the result is absolutely exquisite. The cheery papers to go along with it are so beautiful. She is going to love and adore this card, Karon! Fantastic work! :o) I hope you're having a wonderful day!

    Hugs and blessings!

  11. Your MIL will love this card Karon, Beautiful colours and your tutorial made the embossing clear to understand. Love your extra details. Hugs Polly x

  12. A beautiful & Stunning card!Great tutorial!TFS
    Have a wonderful day,

  13. Love your card!!!! TFS.
    This a new to me technique also.
    I'll have to give it a try.
    dmcardmaker (at AOL)

  14. Beautiful card, Karon. Great tutorial.

  15. Such a pretty card. I love the double embossing :)

  16. Wow!!! Karen you are always getting ahead and I can certainly learn that from you, lol Beautiful card , your mom will love it , that is the cutest little bow!!!.. I followed your tutorial very carefully but am stuck at the part where you positioned the chipboard window on top of the embossing folder and over the stamped image. My head is not on right this morning because I can't get it for the life of me... my question would be how does it make the sentiment part flat if you are using the negative? Trust me it is not your tutorial that is confusing, it is me!!! I will also check out the video when I have more time, Thank you, fabulous job!!!! Big hugs

  17. So stinkin' cute, Karon! I've been seeing a lot of the double embossing online. I don't have the Cuttlebug or the Grand Calibur, so my tools are limited, but I am trying to think of a way to do this anyway. You've once again inspired me! Nice card that I'm sure your recipient will love.

  18. Thanks so much everyone - hugs to you all:-)

  19. Beautiful card and what a fun technique. Have to give it a try

  20. Beautiful card.love the embossing pic tut.Have to try it out.

  21. very cool technique, thanks so much for sharing!
    your creativity always results in such a beautiful project!!
    hugs & blessings

  22. Gorgeous card! I love that technique and will have to try it! Thank you for playing along at Hiding in My Craft Room!

  23. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! Thank you so much for the tip, this is just brilliant!


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