This is a technique which often gets overlooked. We often stamp or emboss but rarely combine the two. I was inspired to revisit this technique by Ann Craig, a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator who posted an image of a beautiful card on her Facebook page (@ann.craig.stampinup).
I wondered how different the results would be depending on whether you stamped and then embossed or vice versa. So I created a simplified version of Ann’s card to test it out!
Stamp then emboss…
I have used Sahara Sand and Early Espresso cardstock and Early Espresso ink. The layers are created using the Stitched Rectangle dies and I have used the Subtle 3D embossing folder to give a textured, almost linen look. For the first card I stamped the image before embossing.
Emboss then stamp…
For the second card I have simply embossed the cardstock before stamping the image but everything else is the same as the first example. This gives a more distressed look as the ink doesn’t meet the cardstock in the debossed areas. I used an Aqua Painter to add some shading to the image in this case. I’m really pleased with both versions of this card and can’t wait to step it up with more water-colouring of the image and some ribbon to embellish.
Get more from your embossing folders!
Have you got embossing folders in your stash that you could try this technique with? Or perhaps you could emboss some Designer Series Paper rather than a stamped image for another different look? Don’t forget you can also use the letterpress technique by inking up your embossing folders. Let me know if you’d like me to cover this in a future post. They really are such versatile products, make sure you are making the most of yours!
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The will also be a video tutorial for these cards on my You Tube channel soon!
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