Inked Embossed Backgrounds

June 6, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today!  I’ve got a couple of backgrounds to share with you today, and later this week, I’ll show you what I did with them.


I’m using embossing folders today, and you can use whatever you have.  I’ve also got paper that I’ve trimmed to the right size, and that’s important, first because it needs to be the right size to fit in the folder, but also because the embossing process weakens the fibers of the paper, and it tears more easily.  And I’m using pigment ink today.  Pigment ink doesn’t bead up as much on the plastic, and I like the look of it, but use whatever ink you have on hand.


I dragged the ink pad down the embossing folder, leaving streaks.  You can pat it gently to get a more even color, but I’m going for a more rustic look today.  I put the paper inside, and held it carefully so it didn’t shift.  Then I ran it through my Big Kick.  There are lots of other embossing machines out there, and each one is a little different.  Follow the directions on your machine for embossing.

Here’s the finished piece.  Isn’t it cute?  I think the streaks make it look like denim.  Let’s do some more!


I did a second one with this coffee folder (but I can’t find it), but the word “cafe” came out reversed.  No problem, I’ll cover that up later.  We just want a textured background!


On this folder, I did both sides, to show the different looks you can get. The blue one is embossed, and the pink one is debossed.  I used white ink on the pink paper, and blue ink on the white paper.  You could make several of these in different colors to have on hand whenever you need a background.


Well, that’s all I’ve got to share with you today, but I’ll be back later this week to show you how I turned these into cards.  Hope I see you then!