Sunday, February 12, 2012

Tutorial: Make your own embossing folder by Abby!

Hi TPV friends! Abby here and I'm going to share an easy way to make your own custom made embossing folder :)

Items you'll need are:
Cuttlebug (or other press machine)
Cricut (or other diecut machine)
Scrap Cardstock
Core'dinations Cardstock
Sanding block
Glue or tape

Step 1: Choose your cricut design or image you'd like to have embossed and cut the same image 3 or 4 times with scrap cardstock. I've chosen these starfish from the Life's A Beach cricut cart. Be sure to cut them the same size. (You could use any flat item, really.. chipboard shapes, chipboard alphas etc.)

(So sorry if this green hurts your eyes. I was trying to use up old scraps lol)

Step 2: Glue or tape each piece right on top of each other.

For my project, I used 3 pieces of cut cardstock, but you may need to use 4. You might have to experiment a little. Try to glue the stack as close to even as you can.

Choose the cardstock you wish to be embossed. I suggest Core'dinations Color Core & sanding block. I feel it works best, but any cardstock will do. 

Step 3: Create your sandwich for the Cuttlebug.

Stacking from the bottom, you will need...
A Plate
B Plate
Your already made cardstock diecut
Your Core'dinations cardstock (face up)
Rubber embossing mat
B Plate

After you crank it through, your cardstock should look something like this..

If your imprint isn't raised enough, you'll want to add a 4th diecut piece to achieve your desired imprint.

Step 4: Sand the embossed area of your cardstock. Or you can choose to skip this step if you just want to imprint but not sand.

Then just create your card or project and you're done! :)

Depending on how many dies or Cricut carts you have, you can have a lot of fun with this technique! The possibilities are endless! :)


  1. Gorgeous. This is so clever.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing. A fantastic idea and will be giving this a try soon.
    Hugs, Fliss x

  3. Great Job Abby! I love that Core paper too. I actually have a post today with a project using this paper...looks just like denim. Holly :-)

  4. Genius, did not know you could do this, and my favorite cartridge wiht Cricut is Life's a Beach, so could do this one. Thanks Abby. Debbiexx

  5. Awesome tutorial Abby! Glad to see you using Life's A Beach!

  6. that is an awesome idea...I will most certainly give this a try. just need that rubber matt...

  7. Wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing the step by step instructions.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  8. That is a SUPER idea---can't wait to try it!

  9. This is so clever!!! You're a genius Abby, thanks for sharing!!

  10. Great tutorial! I can't wait to try it!

  11. Cool tutorial! I think I should try this one instead of buying to many embossing materials. My folders would definitely look great with some unique styles.


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