Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

March 31, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Embossing with Dies

Hi Everybody,

I like to add texture to my cards and the background piece is the one that makes the card pop if embossed

This technique can be done with dies ... large or small ... that you have in your collection and give you a really pretty look

For this card I am using just the inner part of   Grate Effect  

I have also used Classic Hearts   and the matching Scalloped Classic Hearts

My flowers are from Bitty Blossoms  and I have another tutorial on my website showing how to get the best from Spellbinders Blossoms

Create your base card in your chosen color and I like to make mine to the Hinged Card Style

My base card is white and I have chosen a patterned card for the next layer which is slightly smaller

I have cut another piece of white card that is the same size as the Grate Effect die and layered it up to pass through the Grand Calibur

You will need to check your machine for the correct sandwich to EMBOSS

The correct sandwich for embossing  with the GC is ...

Grey Base plate ... die template facing up

Cover it with the lightly spritzed  card 

Cover with the TAN embossing mat 

Cover with the Pink Embossing Plate

And once you have run it through this is the effect you will have in your card

It will be embossed and not cut and once trimmed to fit the front of your card will create a beautiful layer for you

From both sets of Hearts I have used the #6 (#1 is always the smallest) and cut one in white and the other from some patterned card

The white heart I have then embossed with a folder

From the Bitty Blossoms cut the flowers that you need to add to your design and glue a small pearl to the centre of each flower

And I have used some leaves from Spellbinders  Foliage  and tucked them under the blooms
This close up shows you the quilted effect that the embossing will give to your cards

I have used small pearls from Want2Scrap to accentuate each cross section

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


  1. A beautiful Card Christina, thank you for the tips on embossing the card with the die, so helpful. Hugs, Linda.

  2. A stunning card Christina.

  3. Hi Christna, another stunning card today, truly beautiful.
    Kind regards
    Anne Owens

  4. WOW ! Christina your card is just beautiful .
    Elaine H X

  5. Good morning Christina,
    Love, love, love your stunning card, absolutely beautiful.
    Thank you for the clear and precise Tutorial.
    Have a good day
    Patricia x

  6. Hi Christina beautiful card and love the embossed part ,
    will give that a go .
    Marion H

  7. Hi Christina
    Another stunning card. Thanks for reminding us that we can also emboss with dies.

  8. Good morning Christina
    I love your card today. I think the embossing looks so good, it just shows you don't need lots of embellishments to achieve a good looking card.

  9. Great - have just bought bitty blossoms - waiting for ball tool to arrive so that I can make them easier than the couple I've made already. Blowing a gale here (NE) so I guess Blackpool will also be chilly.Stay warm xx

  10. very very beautiful card christina. nice techniques.

  11. Hello Christina, I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and research you put into all of your demonstrations. I have been sleeping better so haven't been looking through many of your video's in the long nights.However today I needed to look something up, and boy have you been busy, catagoizing cards into abilities, tutorials, the list is endless, so I can now decide what card I would like to make and just look it up, then progress to my next level. Thank you so much for all you have taught me. Now I can craft so much longer as I treated myself to a Cut N Boss for my birthday last week. X Ros

  12. Good Morning Christina, I'm early today for a change. A very lovely card indeed, thank you. I never thought of just embossing it! my brain is just fuzzy these days.
    I just love it.Dorothy Cattanach. xxx

  13. Hi Christina,the comment I just sent through to you should have been on your Facebook page and the one following this is for today's card. I might be sleeping better but can still have scrambled eggs for brains on some days. X Ros

  14. Good morning Christina, I really like this die design, I don't have it but I was fortunate to win a card you had made on Create and Craft with it. I hadn't really thought about using dies to emboss with but it does look really nice and effective. A very pretty card overall. X Ros

  15. Good Morning Christina :) Did somebody take your beautiful bow off this gorgeous card without your knowledge? Cause it's gone…. A beautiful card, still the same. But Christinaaaaaa….. I'm missing the bowwwwwww. A wonderful tutorial on how to make a gorgeous card….. without a bow. Enjoy a lovely day Dear Lady.

  16. Lovely idea Christina, thank you for sharing with us....lovely card made with the idea...luv Ursula xx

  17. Hi A lovely, simple card. Margaret xxx

  18. Beautiful card Christina! I have never just used a die to emboss, but I will now! Thank you!

  19. Hi Christina
    Thanks for the tutorial which just comes in very handy because I was just going to start experimenting on embossing with dies so now I know what to do. Beautiful card also
    Love & best wishes
    Jenny C xxx

  20. Simple but really pretty, but somehow it doesn't seem like a Christina card without the beautiful ribbon bow or pin.

  21. Such a pretty and delicate color card....
    This turned out so nice
    Well done Christina

  22. Beautiful, thanks for the tutorial, they are always such a help. Dianne

  23. Hi Christina. Lovely card it looks stunning especially with the pearls. Mavis

  24. This is so elegant Christina!

  25. I just love getting double duty out of our dies, the pearls added are a pretty touch!

  26. Hi Christina,
    What a stunning card and so easy to make as well! Thanks for sharing the method with us. x

  27. Great tutorial and a lovely card Christina !

  28. What a lovely card! LOVE the embossed background! TFS!

  29. Thanks for the great tutorial, another lovely card.

  30. What a lovely card. Coincidentally, I embossed using a die last night. I love the look it gives and extra use of a die, (see, I have learned from you)
    Janice W

  31. So pretty, and a terrific way to have more use out of our dies! Thank you for showing this to us.

  32. Hi Christina,
    Gorgeous card! Thank you for showing us other ways to use our dies
    Maria x

  33. Hi Christina, this is a lovely effect, I am not sure why I have not tried this technique of embossing with a die, thank you Christina for all your help with your Tuesday Tutorials x x x


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