Splitcoaststamper’s Clean and Simple Challenge today was to use “Red, Black and White” on a card or project.  Since I’m still trying to get a little head start on some Christmas cards, this is what I created.

Dry embossing is one of my favorite ways to add some unique and fun interest to a card.

On this card I embossed the cardstock twice using two different embossing folders.  The orientation of the two embossed designs is reversed.  The “Snowflakes” pattern shows the “positive” or “out” embossing and the “Tall Pines” pattern shows the “negative” or “in” embossing.

This was so much fun that I wanted to try using a single embossing folder with both the “in” and the “out” embossing on a single design.  Here is what the “Tall Pines” folder looks like with an “In and Out” combination.

This is one of the embossing folders from the “Pop Culture” collection.

This is from the “Just My Type” collection.

Here is Sissix’s “Branch Tree”.

Here is another pattern from the “Pop Culture” collection.

This one may be my favorite.  It uses the “Seeing Spots” embossing folder.

Isn’t that.. 

And finally, here is the popular “Swiss Dots” embossing folder.

I had such a blast experimenting with some of my folders.
Thanks for dropping by today.  Happy Crafting!


Stamps: SU ‘A Cardinal Christmas’

Papers: Papertrey Ink Select White, Scarlet Jewel and True Black

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen

Accessories: Cuttlebug and Sissix Embossing Folders; Nestabilities Lacey Circles; Snowflake Brad; Organdy Ribbon


38 Responses to “In and Out Embossing”

  1. 🙂 I love how the one looks like tennis balls! Very fun! That Christmas card is so pretty!

  2. Susan,
    This technique is just beyond cool!!! Boy do you have my imagination running now! Thank you! The card is also very lovely!

  3. Oh my gosh, these samples look amazing. How cool! I am loving your card… It’s gorgeous! Can’t wait to give this technique a try!

  4. This card is amazing! I love it! Then, all your samples just amazed me all the more! I gotta unobx my Big Shot and get some embossing folders and play. Thanks for the inspiration. Love your blog!

  5. Susan this is really amazing! I emailed Holly at Splitcoast to see if this has been done for a technique challenge.

  6. Susan – This is an amazing technique! I can’t wait to give it a try. I think I would call this “My Tuxedo Christmas card” ! Also I want to thank you so very much for visiting my blog & posting a comment! You absolutely – made my day!

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  8. This is fabulous, Susan! Love the embossed and debossed mixed together 🙂 Very classy Christmas card. Going to have to experiment with this myself.

  9. WOW! This technique is amazing. I look forward to trying it. Thanks for sharing your work so freely. Kindest regards kendell

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  11. Your new discoveries are always amaze me! Love the embossed impression! Gorgeous card! 🙂

  12. What a fabulous card, and thanks for making me take another look at all the wonderful embossing folders I have! You’ve opened up a whole new book of ideas in my head – thanks!!!

  13. This is a clever technique, thanks for doing the research and inspiring us all! Your black, red and white card is crisp and bright and lovely.

  14. such a pretty card and love your embossings, what a neat technique and idea, neat effects!

  15. So glad I stopped by your blog! I can’t wait to try this out! Your samples are fantastic, especially using the border embossing folders. Very clever, thanks so much for sharing this idea!

  16. This is so clean, Susan…and I love your embossing!! What great texture with all of your folders too!! ♥

  17. Very interesting! The effect is fabulous! My, you have been having fun, and what a lovely Christmas card you made!

  18. So pretty! Love the embossed BG!

  19. Hi there Susan! We finally made the move and have started to settle in! Your tutorial is awesome I just may have to experiment a bit with what I have! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Oh COOL idea! I wouldn’t have thought to do that. Love the look of the seeing spots and the swiss dots…..gonna HAVE to remember to try it! 🙂

  21. OH, Susan! This is verrrry cool! I ♥ it!

  22. FABULOUS card, Susan! I love the technique you used with the embossing folders. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Susan, can you tell me where you found the embossing folder with the random snowy dots (with the trees)? I’ve been searching for that one.

  24. Oh so COOL! The swiss dots of my favorite and I have to try this… Very cool Susan.

  25. What embossing fo
    lder did you use for the snowflakes? I don’t recognize it. Thank you

  26. This is brilliant Susan and had me thinking….’now why didn’t I think of that!!” You are so clever and your christmas card is beautiful!!

  27. Hello Susan,

    I’ve never thought about using the folders both ways. I thought this would flatten out the first imprint…
    I definitely want to try this, seeing your results! Thanks for sharing!

    Greetings from belgium

  28. What a great technique. TFS

  29. […] saw this cool “in and out” embossing technique on Susan Roberts blog (thanks so much Connie T for pinning it!!) and I had to give it a try.  It’s really […]

  30. Lovely card. your ideas are super thank you for sharing 🙂

  31. Lovely card and thank you for sharing 🙂

  32. hi . wonderfull card. i was wondering how you made just a few dots on the card? what did you use to make that impression? because with the embossing folder the dots are very very close. thanks and thank you for sharing your nice work.

  33. I too was concerned about flattening out the first imprint and afraid that happened…..is there a hint to this?

  34. Where did you find the bare branch tree embossing folder? I have been searching for one.

    • Hi Deanna, That embossing folder is called “Branch Tree” and it is a Sizzix Jim Holtz Alterations folder. Looks like a lot of places sell it for example scrapbook.com. Hope that helps.

  35. Fabulous. Worked like a dream with other revered lattice work “whole background” embossing folders as well. Thank you for stimulating the idea.

  36. Do u have a tutorial to follow so I can see how u line it up I’m just a beginner I love the cards. Thank u

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