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Simon Says Stamp - 3D Embossing Folders 3 Ways

I love Embossing Folders and for a while I was worried that they may have outstayed their welcome, but then came 3D and embossing folders are definitely a thing again!

In June, Simon Says Stamp released 4 new 3D embossing folders and I am using 3 of them today to showcase 3 ways to use them that I have not tried before.

2 of these techniques will work on any embossing folder, 1 requires a folder with a large defined focal image.

In addition to the above folders you will need:

Key Supplies

Metallic Embossing Powder

Sanding Block

Distress Inks/Oxides

Craft Knife

So let me share a few tips on how I had fun with embossing folders!


BEST DAY EVER CARD - Ink-blending, Double-Embossing with Metallic Embossing Powder

Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"


I discovered this technique in Nina Marie Trapani's YouTube Video and could not wait to give it a try. Please check out her video for a full walkthrough, I will highlight a few notes here on the path I took

Key Steps:

  1. Use an embossing buddy to dust the surface of an A2-sized (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") piece of 110lb Neenah Cardstock

  2. Emboss the Neenah Cardstock with the Vine Canopy 3D Embossing Folder. This is the 1st embossing

  3. Lightly run the Clear Ink pad over the raised part of the embossed cardstock

  4. Dust Glitter Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder over the embossed cardstock. Some of the powder will stick to the debossed (non-raised) parts of the cardstock, use a small dry paintbrush to dust some of it away in those sections

  5. Heat emboss the remaining embossing powder. This is the 2nd embossing

  6. Blend inks onto the double-embossed cardstock and then spritz with water to leave splotches. Trim to 4 x 5 1/2".

  7. Embellish with Best Day Ever layered diecut and Reverse Sentiment Strip

  8. Use foam tape to mount embossed layer to A2 card base to finish

I can't wait to do this again!

My wet-embossing here is messy and that makes it beautiful to me.


SO HAPPY CARD - Fussy cutting embossed image with a craft knife, layered on embossed card front

Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"


Key Steps:

  1. Emboss an A2-sized (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") piece of Simon Holographic Cardstock with the Leaf Bundle 3D Embossing Folder

  2. Use a craft knife to cut out the embossed leaf bundle pattern

  3. Emboss a 4" x 5 1/4" sheet of 110lb Neenah Solar White Cardstock with the Lumen 3D Embossing Folder. This will be the card front.

  4. Adhere the fussy-cut embossed leaf bundle pattern to the embossed card front. Add foam mounted Wedding Reverse Sentiment Strip and adhere

  5. Tie a bow with the twine around a leaf stem under the Sentiment Strip

  6. Adhere pearls and with Bearly Craft Glue to the card front and use foam tape to mount to A2 card base to finish.

All pretty and sparkly!

All done!


YOU ARE ENOUGH CARD - Ink-Blending Distress Oxides

Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"


I got this idea from one of the amazing Jennifer Mcguire's videos on using embossing folders linked here.

Key Steps:

  1. Emboss an A2-sized (4" x 5 1/4") piece of 110lb Neenah Solar White Cardstock with the Roseville Bouquet 3D Embossing Folder

  2. Ink-blend the 3 Distress Oxide colors onto the embossed cardstock

  3. Speed up drying with a heat tool if you prefer

  4. Sand embossed (raised) parts of the cardstock with sanding block to remove the first colored layer of the cardstock and reveal the white. Trim to 3 3/4" x 5"

  5. Prepare the You Are Enough diecut using vellum and white cardstock and vellum and adhere to the card front

  6. Adhere pearls with Bearly Craft Glue to card front

  7. Use foam tape to mount to A2 card base to finish.

Steps 5 and 6:

Let me know in the comments which card is your favorite today.

Full supply list below for your shopping convenience.

See you soon Lovelies!



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I love embossing folders, I actually use them way too little but I don't think one of them is a 3D folder. What a stunning cards did you make with these gorgeous folders, love that used different techniques. Thank you so much for this great inspiration, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

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