Technique | Debossing & Inking

Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed a new byline on this post! This post marks the debut of a new contributing writer for Scrapbook Update, Tammy Dailor. Tammy’s style is very clean and simple and she has a great way of breaking down her creative process and writing short and clear technique tutorials that appeal to scrapbookers of all styles. We hope you will welcome her contributions at Scrapbook Update, and if you want to see more of her, you can visit her website, Your Memory Connection. — Nancy

Today I wanted to share a fun and easy technique using embossing folders. The photo for this layout is of my youngest nephew taken during a Christmas shopping excursion. Because the colors in the photo are blues and grays, I thought a wintry spin would set the right tone. For the main design element on my layout, I used a snowflake embossing folder and two coordinating distress inks.

First, emboss the snowflake pattern on a piece of smooth cardstock. If you do this technique with textured cardstock, you might want to make sure that the embossing goes on the textured side so that it will be smooth on the debossed side that you want to work with. Once you have your embossed piece, turn the sheet over so that the debossed or smooth side is up (i.e.the side with the bumpy texture of the design is face down on the table).

Apply two coordinating colors of distress ink with an ink blending tool to color the background. I used Broken China and Iced Spruce. Because the debossed side is up, the ink glides over the surface leaving the embossed design showing through. Be sure to use light pressure. If you press too hard, you might press the color into the pattern.

I wanted to add some snowflakes to create a border on my page, but there wasn’t enough contrast between white snowflake punches and the distressed background paper. I ended up applying the same distress ink colors to scraps of white cardstock and then punched my shapes. Not only is there contrast between the snowflakes and the background, but the colors perfectly match my embossed piece.

Finishing touches: I stapled some twine across the page to emphasize the border, added gems to the snowflake centers on the embossed piece and sprinkled iridescent sequins from left to right for diagonal flow.


Additional Supplies: My Mind’s Eye Remember Twine from Lime Twist collection, Darice Sequins, Recollections Bling. What is your favorite technique to use with your embossing folders?

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10 Responses to Technique | Debossing & Inking

  1. Diane Standish December 6, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    thank you for the tutorial and great idea! And congratulations on your position here! I love Scrapbook Update!

  2. Tamara Voss December 6, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    I really enjoyed reading your tutorial. Will try it today.
    Thank you so much.

  3. Janet December 6, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    I enjoyed this tutorial too. Great job Tammy. Hope to see more from you in 2013. Now over to enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Becky December 6, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Great tutorial Tammy and I love the layout! Congratulations, again 🙂

  5. Laura December 6, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Awesome post Tammy. Yay!

  6. soapHOUSEmama December 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Love seeing Tammy here! YAY!!!!!

  7. Sue Althouse December 7, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Great tutorial, and a nice reminder that the technique is not just for cards! Congrats on being here, Tammy!

  8. Deb December 9, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Love the technique and the colors!

  9. Gab December 13, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    Thanks for this – love the idea!

  10. Ruby C December 20, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    I saw Tammy’s snowflakes on the Ranger blog and had to check you out. Fantastic page. The way the colors work together with the pattern paper showcase the photo and capture the season. I love the journaling. I agree with Kyle. Christmas shopping can be stressful indeed!

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