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DIY Cards: Embossing Technique

Card making is one of my favorite crafts…and embossing cards takes the whole look to a professional level. Read on for how to step up your card making.

Embossed card using Cricut Cuttlebug

It’s no secret that my true crafting passion lies in paper crafts and card making…it’s really been my wheelhouse from the beginning. Making a DIY card truly shows your recipient that you care, as actually making a card takes much more time and effort than simply picking one up at the store. I hope that many of my cards are held onto for years after they are given!

Today I am going to show you how I made a simple thank you card, and embossed it to create a professional and elegant look. What is embossing, you ask? Most cardstock is sold with a smooth finish, or has a rough lined look. Embossing creates a raised design on the paper that feels bumpy when you run your fingers over it. Embossing folders come in many designs, and you can choose whether to emboss the entire card or just a section of it.

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What you need…

  • A die cutting/embossing machine (I used Cricut’s Cuttlebug, but there are many available on the market. My first die cutting machine was a Sizzix Big Shot…wow!)
  • Embossing folder (creates the design)
  • Cardstock for your card base (I made mine approx 5×7″)
  • Gold foil cardstock
  • Flower or ribbon or other embellishment
  • Gluestick or glue tape dispenser
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What to do…

  • Decide on your design. My card was a given as a thank you and I needed the look to be elegant. I chose a script thank you sentiment die from the Anna Griffin for Cricut collection (a bunch of dies actually came with the Cuttlebug bundle that I ordered!) and an Anna Griffin lace die. Choose dies that make the most sense for the purpose and design of your card.
  • My embossing folder is an inexpensive scallop design that I picked up at AC Moore.
  • Prepare your die cutting machine to emboss your card. The manual of your machine will tell you the order to lay out the pieces of your machine; just follow it exactly. If you wanted to make your design more dramatic, you could add embossing powder to your folder to add an inked look.
  • For the Cuttlebug machine, have the A plate as your base, followed by the B plated, followed by your embossing folder with the cardstock you want to emboss on the inside, and lastly another B plate on top. Then roll it through the machine!
  • Next, follow your machine’s directions to die cut your other designs for the card. I used the thank you sentiment and the lace design. I carefully weeded out the die cut design from the die.
  • Finally, I arranged all of my pieces how I wanted them on the card. I attached a vertical strip of plain white cardstock for depth, and wrapped the lace die cut design around it (glueing in the back). I then glued on the thank you sentiment and the flower. When using glue for cards, I highly recommend a dispenser of glue tape, or photo splits to attach larger pieces. It helps to keep them smooth and in place. I used a glue stick for the smaller pieces – craft quality gluesticks work best.

I just love seeing how a card comes together! I can’t wait to show you a few other designs that I have done recently, with some pop-up techniques and added elements of dimension. Once they have been given out, I can share them. Stay tuned!

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