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Tutorial Tuesday: Debossed Inking

I never was much of a fan of embossing folders, but I have become much more fond of them over the years.  They add dimension, texture, and you can do some really neat things with them!

Have you used embossing folders much?  If not, let me just run you through (no pun intended!) some basics about them.  An embossing folder can be used two ways.  To emboss a texture/design into paper (make the texture/design raised on the paper) or deboss a texture/design into paper (make the texture/design sink into the paper).

Today, I'll show you a technqiue called "debossed inking".  This takes your embossing folder to a whole new level!  Take a look at this image:



This is what a debossed image that has been inked looks like!  Super cool, right?!  It provides a little extra oomph, by giving it a distressed, vintage-y feel.  And it's so easy to do!

Here's what you need:
To start, take a look at the embossing folder.  There is a debossed (with recessed areas) side and a raised side.  The raised side fits into the debossed side and makes the impression into your cardstock.  For this technique, you want to ink the raised side.  This impresses the ink into the image, giving it the classic debossed look, but with color!


I merely ran my Classic Stampin' Pad across the raised side of the Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, but you may also use a Sponge Brayer #141714, to make the inking process a bit easier.  Here is what your inked folder looks like:


My lighting isn't the best, but you can see a light wash of color on the raised side of the folder.

Place your cardstock inside of the folder and make the "sandwich" as directed by the Big Shot.  Once you've run it through, you'll end up with the beautiful inked, debossed impression in your cardstock!  Ok, here it is, one last time...! :)


Beautiful!!!

Here are some examples of some cards I've made using the debossed inking technique:



The added color to the texture really give these cards a little more pop and pizzazz!  Give this technique a try---especially if you're not a huge fan of embossing folders!  I think it may help you change your mind!  It's kind of my newest obsession...oops!

Have fun!

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