Print and Emboss Cards

January 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm 39 comments

Its been over 3 years since I first tried matching print files to embossing folders and it was such a pain that I left it alone after that. But now that Darice is publishing nice black and white previews of their embossing folders, I decided to brave it again. Each of these is a lot of work up front, but once the template is done, you can crank out a lovely, customized card in minutes.

The Banner folder from Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby house brand) is so versatile, and I love using it with this technique. Graphics are from the Bicycle Craze collection by Lettering Delights.

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Print and Emboss Cards
Here are a few more I made with the same folder while I was experimenting


You can make a simple template just for positioning text between embossed areas, as I’ve done here with the Darice Grass folder and still get a stunning look.


Or you can go all out and print the entire embossed area like this. The photo just does not do this one justice, but even so don’t expect 100% perfect results because the paper deforms as it goes through the embossing process.


Changing colors only take a few clicks.


Once you have a template, you can pick out just one key element to print if you like, as I’ve done here with the Darice Butterfly on Flower folder.


I used the same idea here, with the Darice Bird on Branch folder except that I used the sketch tool in Silhouette Studio to give the bird a hand drawn look.


And I think this card I made with the Darice Boot Tracks folder is my favorite. This is an unusual, inverted folder so the boot prints are indented instead of raised. Wouldn’t this be great for Operation Write Home?

Print and Emboss Card

I will be my sharing templates soon, but wanted to go ahead and get this posted, so please check back. And if you can help me spread the word with a pin, tweet or FaceBook post, that’d be most appreciated.

Update: tutorials are here!

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39 Comments Add your own

  • 1. carolyn  |  January 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    You really are a genius!

  • 2. forrestwife  |  January 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    wow! amazingly informative and inspiring post. thank you so much!

    • 3. forrestwife  |  January 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      and I’ll be sure to share as well!
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  • 4. Candi  |  January 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I’d love if you shared your templates, I thought of doing this awhile ago (when seeing the Hero Arts stamp/embossing combos actually) but wasn’t sure I’d have the patience to get it right… I think I’ll definitely try again I have a ton of Darice folders :) As always, thanks for your genius!

  • 5. Rebecca S.  |  January 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Kay, thank you! I have learned so much from you. Your instructions are always so clear and easy to understand. You are so creative.

  • 6. Patty  |  January 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Kay, you are such an awesome teacher!!! Thank you for what you have done and are continuing to do for the Silhouette community. I have learned so much from you and a few others over the years. I look forward to learning even more. hugs, Patty
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  • 7. Carol W  |  January 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    This is just staggering. I own so many embossing folders (various brands) and my wheels are already spinning with what some of them could look like when used in this treatment.
    If you would consider a how-to demo of this as a subject for a future tutorial, I would be over the moon.
    Thank you for all you have taught and continue to teach the crafting community!

    • 8. Kay  |  January 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Yes, Carol, already working on a tutorial.

  • 9. Kathy  |  January 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I’m not sure just yet about what you are doing here but it is lovely and I will be interested in finding out what you are doing. Thanks for your generosity.

  • 10. Sally  |  January 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks so much for generously sharing your expertise with us!

  • 11. Karla Capo  |  January 18, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Kay, you’ve done it again, inspiring me to try something else. Thank you for trying this again and succeeding and sharing the results and info for the rest of the crafting community. Karla

  • 12. trishreddick  |  January 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Kay, I am looking forward to this tutorial! I am trying to figure out how to scan the image into my Silhouette ( with my existing folders) for the trace. Sure wish I had saved all that packaging, especially the Darice ones. This is a great idea for new purchases!

    • 13. Kay  |  January 18, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Do a Google Image search for the Darice ones. Their marketing images are nice crisp black and whites for the newer ones. Makes this a whole lot easier.

  • 14. Cath  |  January 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Wow!!! You are so talented. Thank you so much for sharing this information

  • 15. Barb lindsey  |  January 18, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Love them Kay, I have 2 shoe box’s full of embossing folders can’t wait for the tut. Thanks

  • 16. Tamara Voss  |  January 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I would totally pin this if I knew how. If there were a pin button, I could push it, but otherwise I do not know what to do.

  • 17. Lenoria  |  January 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I love the idea and would love to share but unfortunately I am in the same boat as Tamara above, I have no idea how to pin it without the button being there. I can’t wait to see the tutorial.

  • 18. Jan Castle  |  January 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Can’t imagine how wonderful these samples look in person! Will definitely be watching for your ‘How To’!

  • 19. Donna B  |  January 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Your cards are amazing, Kay. I look forward to your tutorial. I can not begin to tell you how much I have learned so much from your videos. Thank you for all you share.

  • 20. Chelsea  |  January 19, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Wow! This is so exciting! What a great idea for putting our embossing folders to better use. You are my Silhouette Guru, and I always look forward to your fabulous ideas. I’ll certainly be watching for your next post! Thanks a million!!

  • 21. Barbara (bdjeepers)  |  January 19, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I am looking forward to seeing your techniques very much! I love embossing as much as I love my Cameo!

  • 22. Paper Yoga  |  January 19, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Great idea. I’ve got a few embossing folders and will give this a try. Thanks!

  • 23. Michelle V. Alkerton  |  January 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Wonderful ideas! Thanks.

  • 24. Christine Simmonds  |  January 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Such a fab idea and can’t wait to try it myself x

  • 25. Dania Boise  |  January 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    This is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  • 26. sstehman  |  January 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I just pinned, but don’t get the process at all. Are you embossing then coloring? And then printing another image? Guess I’ll need to watch the tutorial too.

    • 27. Kay  |  January 19, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      It’s much simpler than that. I use graphics software to design and print the card to coordinate with the embossing folder, then emboss the printout with that matching folder and I am done. There is no stamping or additional coloring involved. Hopefully the tutorial to come will clear things up for you.

  • 28. lisalovestosew  |  January 21, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Thank you for this! I don’t fully understand the process, but I certainly appreciate the lovely projects you’ve created.

  • 29. Tracey  |  January 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Fabulous cards!! But I’m also a bit confused.

    “Kay:: January 19, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    It’s much simpler than that. I use graphics software to design and print the card to coordinate with the embossing folder, then emboss the printout with that matching folder and I am done. There is no stamping or additional coloring involved. Hopefully the tutorial to come will clear things up for you.”

    I think I understand this part:: I use MakeTheCut to trace the black and white image which I then recolor or highlight or sketch and then print that item. But then I’m confused…what’s an embossing folder? How do they get on my computer and in a box? When does it get cut by the Cameo?

    Eagerly looking forward to the tutorial!! :)

    • 30. Kay  |  January 23, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Tracey,
      The Cameo is not used in these cards. The embossing folders are storebought, made of plastic (pictured in first photo) and used with an embossing machine (Cuttlebug, Big Shot, etc.) to texturize the paper. Here’s a general tutorial on folder embossing that may help you

      • 31. Tracey  |  January 26, 2014 at 2:41 am

        Thanks for the reply! I think I got confused when I read “MTC” and then assumed “Cameo”. But you just used it to trace and print. :) THANKS!

  • 32. Pauline Purdum  |  January 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I can’t wait for the tutorial as well. I just invested in a bunch of Darice EF’s including the woodland one, I am just wondering how you get the embossing folder image into silhouette to trace then print. Then, of course is the measurement which will place the embossing exactly under the printed version to pop up the colored bits. Anxiously awaiting more on this Kay, you are a genius.

  • 33. Jeannie Clark Horton  |  February 5, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    This is one of the greatest ideas since sliced bread! I have been playing with the one Darice folder that I own. It is a lot of work, but so very cool when done. Am still having issues with the exact size of the embossed area. Can’t wait for your tut. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing!

  • 34. Jeanine  |  July 5, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Ok, for the past few days I’ve gone back and forth reading and rereading on how to do this. I would live to see a video on this. This looks fabulous and can’t wait to try. Thank you for your site I can’t tell you how much you’ve helped me.

  • 35. Richelle Marley  |  August 14, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I just got my first bunch of Darice folders. I’ve been trying to do this, but, I can’t seem to get the size of the print very close to what the embossing folder is. I hope that you’re still planning to do a tutorial.

    • 36. paulinepdm  |  August 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks Kay–Yes I have been following your efforts on this—I think I had left a comment some time back but not finding any usable image for the one I did was a challenge. I have several Darice folders with saved images so that should be a lot easier now esp with pix scan mat.

    • 37. Kay  |  August 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      You’ll be disappointed to know that I do the sizing from the Darice images by trial and error. If you use an actual folder, its easier to size but harder to trace. A scan of the actual folder impression (inked or by rubbing with pencil) saved as jpg or imported via the scan function will already be the right size or very close. I don’t really see where PixScan is going to work any better for this, though I have been looking forward to trying it for cutting out a embossed image from the page.

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