3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial

Blue Fern Yuletide, Spellbinders Floral Swag 3D Embossing Folder, Reneabouquets, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design Photo 01

3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial with Blue Fern Yuletide Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday is a special request for a 3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial post.  A few weeks ago I shared several projects made with the new Spellbinders Floral Swag 3D Embossing Folder.  Several of you had great questions, and wanted to see the techniques I used to achieve the mixed media effect on my cardstock. You can find those projects HERE.

This time around, I paired the embossing folder up with Blue Fern’s gorgeously vintage Yuletide Paper Collection.  I had a nice little pile of scraps to work with, including this gorgeous watercolor background panel that I altered with the folder, paint, ink and metallic wax. Because the background was so lovely, I didn’t want to cover it up.  So I grouped together some ephemera pieces, flowers, and a Reneabouquets snowflake for the focal image.

Tips and Techniques

No matter how many times I use this embossing folder, I find myself thrilled with the results.  Each panel turns out just a little bit different from the one before, depending on which mixed media supplies I use to enhance the embossed image.

  • First, lightly mist  your paper panel with some water to soften it up and release the starch in the paper.  This helps to prevent cracking, and it also gives you a deeper impression.
  • Heat dry the embossed panel, then dry brush it with paint, if desired.  I demonstrate this in the video tutorial below.
  • Add color to the raised edges of your design by lightly brushing on some Distress Oxide Ink. Speckled Egg was a good option for this paper.
  • You can add another layer of color by rubbing portions of the design with metallic wax.  The brand I use is from Little Birdie crafts.  It appears to be discontinued, but Prima makes metallic wax as well.
A Peek Inside

The inside of the card folio is all about the papers!  I do so love the vintage vibe of this beautiful collection.

Open the flap mechanism to reveal a lovely spot for a blank note card.

The box pocket on the bottom of the card contains one of my signature Tea Party in a Box surprises.  Use bits of your paper scraps to “gift wrap” the goodies you put into your box.

3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to watch the process I used when making the mixed media panel for this card, please enjoy this video over on my You Tube Channel.


You’ll find a linked supply list for the products I used in this project below the post.  If you’d like to see more Yuletide creations from the archives, please click HERE and HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!




7 thoughts on “3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial

  1. Ann

    Kathy, the embossed cover came out beyond gorgeous. Loved those soft blues that seem to melt into the textured florals. Appreciated the embossing hints, especially about wet spraying. A few of mine actually cracked a little, and I believed it was from my placement of the cardstock within my Anna Griffin sandwich. (The instructions that came with my Cuttlebug make little sense to me.) Thanks for sharing. You are always so generous with your tips and knowledge.

  2. Gena Krannig

    OH Kathy, this card is beyond breathtaking. The beautiful soft colors and the vintage images are so nostalgic. I’ve always thought Blue Fern was a cut above with their paper collections. As always your embellishments and mixed media effects are perfection! I absolutely love that 3D embossing folder and ordered one for myself! Thank you for sharing this gorgeous creation! Hugs!

  3. Helen

    Elegant describes this piece Kathy. The lovely texture and vintage elements have made for a beautiful folio, especially the surprises tucked into the pockets. What a wonderful creative gift.

  4. MaryH

    I swooned over that spoon and enjoyed the papers as they are so nostalgic. Kathy this is just so special on so many levels. Exquisite papers, embellishments to die for, and of course your layouts and treatments are always a joy to behold. I really enjoy these Throwback Thursdays. Now the only thing left for me to do is to put on “my big girl pants” and try mixed media. Thanks for another joyful day!

  5. Joni E

    Beautiful card inside and out! Thank you for sharing your embossing and mixed media technique for the background.

  6. Susan Steele

    This is absolutely the most gorgeous card you have created yet!!! Luv every single little detail on this card creation! Ive just ordered those Blue Fern paper collection! Oh thank you so much for sharing your tips on embossing this one! And I adore the inside too! I actually forgot about these papers …lol …I’ll have to order an extra set …just to look at!!!! Thanks Kathy for another gorgeous Throwback Thursday creation! I just don’t know how you can top this one, next week! Can’t wait to see! Big hugs, Suzy Q

  7. soozyb2013

    Beautiful Kathy, just beautiful. Love the papers and the card and of course all the goodies inside. Really lovely!

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