Direct to Paper with Embossing Folders

This technique leaves a stunning background to any card. I love this technique because of the colored raised images you get and all you must do is add a sentiment. The method is so easy and somewhat messy, so have something to wipe your finger off so you don’t smear on anything. This will give any embossing folder a beautiful look!

Supplies you will need:

Embossing Folder

White pigment ink (you can also use SU classic ink)


Cut & Emboss Machine

Heating tool

Clean scratch paper


Let’s Get Started


Þ Take a piece of card stock of your choice and run it through the Cut & Emboss Machine with your favorite Embossing Folder


Þ Craft Ink and new scratch paper – this is the messy part. (You can also wear gloves but have something to wipe your fingers off with)

Þ Gently slide/brag your White Craft Pad over the top of the embossed card front

o Best to practice this sliding/dragging on a scrap piece of paper

o Hold the ink pad by the sides

o Keep it level and try to only ink the raised area

o Slide/drag from top to bottom (you can ink a small area or the full length of the card)

o Some ink may get on the cardstock as well as the embossed images

o Keep sliding the ink over the embossed cardstock until you are satisfied with the result

Þ Heat set your ink. Craft ink is wet, so you want to dry the ink

Þ Assemble your card 


• Add a Wink of Stella glitter pen to raised pattern areas for extra shimmer. (I added Wink of Stella on my shells).

• Apply pastel chalks to the raised pattern to add extra color and dimension.

• Add a layer of ink directly to one side of the embossing folder to create a different effect.

• Use Versa mark Ink for the second direct-to-paper (DTP) layer of ink then emboss with powder.

• Use White Craft Ink as a second direct-to-paper (DTP) layer of ink to add a bright highlight like snow.

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