Handmade Note Cards – Embossed (Part 1)

Handmade Note Cards – Embossed!


It’s Note Card Week! Today I’m sharing one of my all-time favorites: Embossed Note Cards. This is the first of five card projects that are perfect for those little notes of ‘Thanks’ and ‘Thinking of You’ we send to our friends and family. {They also make awesome gift sets!}.

Handmade Note Cards – Embossed!

Are you ready? You only need 3 things to make these: Big Shot Machine, favorite Embossing Folder(s) and either Whisper White or Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes. (The cards featured today are Very Vanilla). Why do I adore these so much? They’re quick and easy to make with a wow factor that will have your friends & family asking in bewilderment “you made this???”



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Embossing Folder Tutorial

Embossing folders are one of my favorite Big Shot accessories. Simply insert your paper inside the plastic folder, roll it through the Big Shot machine… and out comes something magical! They’re inexpensive, so it’s easy to collect them in a variety of different styles (there’s currently 30 to choose from – all $10 & under!). They last forever and can be used over and over to produce amazing texture, quickly and simply. (Come back tomorrow for details on six of my favorite folders and the note cards I made with them).

To emboss note cards:

  • Burnish the center fold of the note card with your Bone Folder before embossing
  • Open the card and insert the portion you want embossed into the Embossing Folder. If it’s the entire card front, insert it up to the fold line, even with the edge of the folder. The same applies for envelope flaps.
  • Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (TIEF) use both cutting plates. Place the Embossing Folder sandwiched between the cutting plates, with the spine going into the machine first.
  • Dynamic TIEF’s are thicker and only use one cutting plate. Insert the same as above, with the cutting plate on top.
  • If you have any problems with your paper cracking, spritz with alcohol or water before embossing. This softens the fibers and helps prevent problems. (I didn’t need to do this with any of the cards I made, but it can occasionally happen).

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Our local Paper Hugs Club met this past weekend and created a variety of the cards you’ll be seeing this week. They had fun and I hope you will, too! Here’s Grace & Lydia (above) picking embossing folders to make today’s project.

For more details on these cards, stop by tomorrow for Part 2! 

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Thanks for visiting today! See you tomorrow with more on these handmade note cards – embossed details for each 🙂

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  1. Did SU discontinue Dazzling Diamonds glitter??

  2. Thank you! Terrific ideas!

  3. Oh, so so pretty! I never emboss my envelopes… I’m going to try that today. Love your simple, elegant cards.

  4. Beautiful. My mom has recently been hospitalized and making some of these for the special nurses will be perfect. They will serve as a great thank you card and a lil “thank you” that won’t cost anything. It will also makes you want yo use your folders.
    Thank you for sharing,

  5. These are stunning and I never think to do this. Thanks for the inspiration! Can’t wait to see which folders are your favorites.

    • Hi Laurie! So glad you found another fun way to use your embossing folders- so quick & easy for such stunning results! Loved your comments 🙂
      Looking forward to seeing if any of my favorite folders are yours, too- see you tomorrow!

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