Stamp School: Stamping on Embossing Folders & Giveaway!

Hi friends, this lesson will make your stamps and embossing folders way more useful! I am a bit of an embossing folder collector, I shudder to think at the amount of folders I have on my desk but these are tools we invest in and can use over and over. I mean, heck, why pay $1 for a pre embossed sheet of cardstock when we can buy an embossing folder for $4 and emboss until our hearts are content.  Oh! Before I forget be sure to leave a comment if you want a chance to win the rubber stamps I used from Art Neko, I will pick a winner in a week and this giveaway is open worldwide:)

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Sometimes though, we want more than just a textured paper and many of these designs are pretty enough on their own to be the focal point if a card and that is what we will do today. We will make a card by stamping on top of an embossed image! Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:
Embossing Folder (Birch trees from Darice)
Dye ink in navy and green
Colored pencils
Leaf or branch dye cuts
White and green cardstock (green can be glittery!)
Christmas tree stamp
Season’s Greetings stamp

Directions:
1. Emboss paper then tape to secure it in the open embossing folder.
2. Stamp on paper while still in folder.
3. Ink paper to color the background, use a sponge blender if you don’t have a spongy inkpad.
4. Accent with colored pencils.
5. Remove paper from folder and use this beautiful image on a card!

I really love this technique and I hope you give it a try! You can use this with any embossing folder, just make sure you stamp on the debossed side (the side with the most flat area) and it will work. Remember that generic patterns will give you more of a designer paper look while folder with a defined motif (like the birch trees) will give you more of a finished scene. It literally adds more dimension to your stamp art! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the stamps I used and til next time happy crafting!

169 Responses

  1. Such a fun technique. I would love these stamps. It’s way harder than I thought to find a decent evergreen tree stamp! I would also love to see this with other folder/stamp combos sometime. I am having a hard time picturing it! Thanks so much.

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  2. I like the embossing plates love the new way to use them would love to win.

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  3. I wish my brain worked as creatively as yours! Lol. I want to make Christmas card for some family members who have helped my kids and me over the years but my stamp collection is just sad. I only started about w yes ago anyways lol. Would love some great art neko stanps!😉

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    • Sorry for the bad spelling using my phone! Lol it auto corrects my correct spelling! (2 yrs I been experimenting with stamping)

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  4. I have embossing folders and now I know what to do with them. Thank you….I enjoy using my art supplies for more than one purpose. It would be great to win. God bless.

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  5. This opens so many design possibilities, it’s almost mind blowing! I would also like to see you do this technique again with more of the designer paper look you mentioned. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  6. I love embossing plates. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful videos I’ve learned so much from you!

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  7. How very imaginative! I have been following your watercolor advice for a while and you have turned me on to the expertise of others such as the Spin doctor and Cinnamon. I’m learning a lot about products and technique. I have just started my card making hobby. Thanks for all that you do!

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  8. Awesome card! I’ve never tried this before – what a great technique! I have tons of embossing folders! Definitely trying this!

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  9. love your ideas. would love to win some.

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  10. I would love to see the tutorial for this and win the stars, Lindsay. Thank you

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  11. Love this. One of the best stamping techniques I’ve seen — creative and different! Can’t wait to try a version of this. Thanks Lindsay — as always, you’re the best.

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  12. I love this idea. I’ve not seen it before and yes I had tons of folders. So exciting thanks Lindsey. God bless

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  13. The card turned out beautiful. I love how the birch trees look so real.

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  14. What great techniques. I was in awe watch the birch trees come alive as you worked. Now to go through my stash of embossing folders and find that one

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  15. I have always wondered what to do with those tree stamps. That’s a lovely idea. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. I love this card and the techniques from the video

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  17. You are so talented! Plus, you sound just like my sister in law! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Perfect card for this time of year. Love it! Thanks, Lindsay!

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  19. Hi Just wanted to say thank you and really liked this idea and tips! Keep it up! Happy Thanksgiving too!

    Niki Akbik Sent from my IPad

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  20. You have great ideas! Thanks for sharing. You have awesome talents.:)

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  21. I love your card! And I definitely have an embossing folder addiction! I’m afraid to count how many I actually do own! LOL! But, I very seldom make a card without embossing. It just makes such elegant cards! Thanks for sharing a great technique for using EFs! And thanks for the chance to win your giveaway!

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  22. Oh my gosh, I love trees and I love this idea! I have an embossing folder of one large tree; and would love to have this one. I would also love to experiment and try to put some deer in between those trees. That would make a fun card for some of the men in my life!

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  23. Nice technique, love how you stretch the way we can use our tools.

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  24. This turned out nice. I like your way of finding alternative uses for our craft items. Thanks.

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  25. Such a wonderful card! I need to look at my embossing folders in a new light!! Who knows what I could do!

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  26. What a neat idea. I have to try it. It certainly opens many more possibilities. Thanks for all your ideas. I love them and look forward to them each day.

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  27. I just love this technique! Now I’m going to go through all my folders & stamps to see what combinations I can make. Thanks so much.

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  28. I love the birch tree embossing folder and how you demonstrated getting the shading and shadows to make it look more 3d. You give the best tips in your tutorials.

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  29. Thanks for a new technique! I never would have thought of this. Birch trees are my favorite trees can’t wait to find an embossing folder to try.

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  30. Awesome tutorial. I would love to win the stamps too.

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  31. So, Lindsay, you were working on the de-bossed side, right?

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  32. This was clever, useful, and artistic all in one. Love it!

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  33. Great idea. I have to try this. Thanks for sharing

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  34. Beautiful design, Lindsey! Thanks for sharing this great technique!

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  35. As usual, your card is spectacular! OMGoodness, I have so many embossing folders and I use them every day so I love this idea. I’m always looking for new ways to get more mileage out of my supplies…and this one rocks!! Thank you for the opportunity to win these cool stamps too. Happy Thanksgiving!! ♥

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  36. Stunning! Someone commented that it is hard to find a good tree, and they are right!! And your method surprised me. I thought you were going to stamp on the folder and then “transfer” the ink to the folder. I much prefer your method!! (what a V8 moment & inspiration)

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  37. What a creative idea to use stamps over an embossing folder and so easy to do!

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  38. I love this technique. Your card looks gorgeous.

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  39. What a clever idea. Any way we can get other uses for our supplies is terrific.

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  40. I don’t have one embossing folder lol I’ve never heard of it. Just started making Christmas cards & got excited when I saw your post on fb. Thank you! Hope I win🙂

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  41. This is a awesome technique! I am going to give it story. Thank you for sharing this awesome technique with me.

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  42. Wonderful idea, Lindsay. I love birch trees and am learning to emboss. Would be great to win.

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  43. Well, I think this is a fantastic idea. How in the world did you think of this? The card turned out great and would not have figured out how you did this if I hadn’t watched you. Thanks kiddo.

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  44. Loved this tutorial, I always get ideas from what you do to utilise what I have at hand to incorporate into making lovely cards . Thankyou

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  45. So pretty! You give me such inspiration.

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  46. OH no I just started organizing my stamps, stamping all of them in a book so I can reference what I have. My memory is so awful I’m surprised I haven’t doubled up yet. Now I’ll have a spot to remind me of what is in my collection and come up with combinations I didn’t see before.
    After watching this I’ll be going through the embossing folders with a new eye too. This is wonderful I love using my supplies in different ways. I’ve made a few notes in my stamp book already about trying paints on some, or, I know there’s a term for it but I’m calling it reinking, using a texture stamp on another stamp. Things I believe I’ve see you do.
    Thanks for all the great ideas!

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  47. So awesome! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  48. Wonderful idea and so versatile. It could be used for a male birthday card, or father’s day card…endless possibilities

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  49. Would love to win the stamps. Really liked your stamping on embossed paper. I really like embossing, but I never thought of stamping on the embossed image, can’t wait to try it. Great idea, Lindsay.

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  50. Great technique for stretching your supplies. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. I really like this technique ! And really need that birch tree folder!

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  52. So unique! You are always giving me new ideas!! Thank you!

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  53. it is so nice to get ideas on using what we have. I hope I win the evergreen stamp. they are really wonderful

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  54. What a clever girl you are! You have made a rather stunning piece of art from some supplies that in my house would just sit in a drawer! I loved watching your process as you worked on this piece. I would love to see you do something like this with other embossing folders and stamps. Thank you for a creative experience! I may even try this!

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  55. Interesting!

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  56. After watching one of your stamping videos I went to micheals and got a couple of stamps and inks. They are a fun type of art to experiment with. I would love to win another stamp to add to my collection. Thank you.

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  57. Great video and what a wonderful way to use embossing folders. I can’t wait to try it.

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  58. I liked seeing the colors you used in the tree trunks. Thanks for the chance to win stamps.

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  59. I loved how you used the embossing folder in a different way then it was intended for. The way you used it made my creative wheel turn and turn! I don’t have even one embossing folder in my possession, but now the collection will begin! Hahaha! Thank you sharing!

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  60. Love the idea of using the embossing folder with the stamping…great look and great style of card. Thank you for sharing!

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  61. I love this look!

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  62. How lovely! I would never have thought of this, thanks for the inspiration.

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  63. What a cool technique. The card is beautiful.
    I will definitely be using a lot more of my embossing folders. Thank for showing us another wonderful way to use what we already have and create something great🙂

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  64. Great idea. I am going hunting for embossing folders to use!

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  65. I have never used embossing folders. I love the texture of the card. Love to use stamps.

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  66. Love the card and the inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  67. Beautiful! Love your work. Embossing folders are great fun!

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  68. Really love the birch trees and the stamps. You make crafting fun!

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  69. Nice touch. Think I’ll try it and hope it turns out like yours did. Thanks for the idea. Edna

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  70. This looks like a really cool technique. Can’t wait to give it a try

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  71. What a great card and I love the technique you use here. Thanks for showing us and for the GiveAway XX

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  72. Cool look Lindsay…always enjoy your videos!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  73. I love all your videos. Can’t wait to try out today’s technique for myself.

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  74. I really like this design. I know have more uses for my embossing folders. Thank you.

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  75. I love your greeting card. I just started making cards and have so much to learn.

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  76. I love embossing folders. They are a bit of creative magic. I send out 10 or more cards a week .I use embossing folders for many of those cards. I learned new ways to use them from you today. Thanks for your creative view of the world.

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  77. What a great way to look at your embossing folders. I will try it myself now!

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  78. great technique! Thanks!

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  79. love stamp school!!!!! I have seen and tried inking the folders then rolling in machine. that was cool but your trees are most amazing. Thank you!!! Can hardly wait to try…..

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  80. Off to watch this beautiful card get made. This may be my favorite as it reminds me of the birches in Vermont where I was born. Love that beautiful papery bark! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  81. Love this idea!~~thanks for the give-away!

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  82. Thank you forsa neat idea.I b ad never thought of uusingmy eembossing folders and stamps in conjunctionllikethis. WWhata tterrificway to sstretchour ssupplie .

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  83. Wow, you found a folder that I don’t have. Truly, I didn’t think it was possible. Thanks for your great video, it is a beautiful way to make a really beautiful card. I will be on the look out for more folders that lend themselves to your awesome technique . Bet you will never guess what I will be doing this afternoon!!! Thanks again!!

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  84. It is fun to combine old supplies in new ways. Thanks for helping use the craft stash creatively.

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  85. Wow!This is the coolest build up I’ve ever seen using an embossing folder.I’m DEFINATELY doing this.Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family .

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  86. So beautifully creative, Lindsay!

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  87. I LOVE this idea!!! Thanx Lindsey! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  88. Fabulous technique Lindsay…I would of never figured it out if you didn’t do a video, Thanks! Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

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  89. I love embossing, it adds so much texture! Thanks for your videos and a chance to win!

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  90. I just discovered your site. I will be coming back for more fun ideas!
    Thanks for the lesson. I always love to find new ways to use things I have. Have a blessed holiday season!

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  91. Thanks for another chance to win in a giveaway. I would love to try this.

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  92. What a great idea love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  93. I don’t have a big shot or any such machine so do not have many embossing folders, but this technique has definitely inspired me to save up and get a machine and more folders. Love the card and tree stamps. Thank you Lindsay

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  94. Hi Lindsay, What a great idea. I have the Big Kick Sizzix machine and I see I don’t use it to its full capacity. Thanks for another great tutorial and idea’s to use our products more than once and in different ways that I wouldn’t have thought of. We are so lucky to have you for inspiration…. Sure would love to win your latest giveaway. Hope your Thanksgiving is extra special……

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  95. I love your creativity, it really keeps me going.

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  96. What an interesting technique, and so doable! Thanks.

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  97. Such a fun technique I have a similar folder and will try this. The stamp is great .

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  98. Another awesome tutorial. Have a blessed and happy holiday.

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  99. great folder like card please enter me in contest

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  100. I love the scene you made using the birch tree embossing folder. I have so many embossing folders that I hardly use. They are one of those things that I buy for a specific project, but don’t know how to make more versatile. Thanks for sharing!!

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  101. Hi Lindsay!! I love everything you do! You make even difficult techniques seem so easy! I don’t have the birch tree embossing folder yet. However, after watching your video, I definitely want it now. This Christmas card would be a wonderful card for those on your list who are rustic or even for the guys. Change the card a little and make it a year around birthday card. Lots of ideas!!! Thank you so much Lindsay for sharing your talents with us and making a difficult technique seem easy!!! Wishing you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!

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  102. Great video and embossing folder are a great item to have in the craft room….tahnsk Lindsay

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  103. I love doing this…and embellishing with cut-outs and other things.

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  104. Love the video! I also Love Art Neco stamps! I have ordered a few from them so it would be great to win this! Love that embossing folder you are using! I still use a lot of embossing folders! Thank you so much for doing another giveaway! Have a Happy Thanksgiving🙂

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  105. Great idea. I have this same embossing folder and will try it soon. Can you do another video with a different embossing folder? Thanks!

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  106. Great card! I really love what you did with the embossing folder! I don’t have anything fancy like that. Heheh, hope to win the stamps though.

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  107. this is one of the coolest one you’ve done

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  108. Thanks so much for your blog. Would love to win🙂

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  109. Great card design! I love how you used the embossing folder, now I’ll have to take a look at my stash and see how I can do this technique. Thanks Lindsay for all your videos and for a chance to win. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  110. Very cool! It’s like magic how it makes the embossed trees look like they’re in front of the stamped ones!

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  111. My embossing folders usually sit in a box. You have opened my eyes. Hope you do some more videos on how to use embossing folders and stamps. Love all your videos- especially the positive thinking.

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  112. I love watching your videos! I always get great ideas. Thanks for all you do…

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  113. Nice technique. You make it so much fun! Love your videos.

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  114. I love watching all your art projects and would love a chance to win the embossing folders. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your talent.

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  115. WOW! This looks like you’re in a forest! Great pairing of embossing folder and stamps. I have most of these supplies. I hope to give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Evelyn
    https://mylittlecraftblog.wordpress.com/

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  116. Love this card. Thanks Lindsay. Would love to be winner.

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  117. I loved the video and I am definitely going to try this method!

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  118. I just love this technique and I just bought a birch tree embossing folder. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  119. Hi Lindsay! I just ordered some embossing folders and I will definitely try this out. Thank you for sharing your techniques.

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  120. Love the technique. I would love to will the stamps. I do not have folders but maybe in the near future. Happy Holidays everyone!!!

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  121. What an awesome technique Lindsay! I will be trying this for sure!! I just love your channel. I’ve been stamping for years, but haven’t run across this yet. I’ve been watching your videos for years and I’m thankful for you today on Thanksgiving!🙂

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  122. I loved this technique. Thank you, Lindsay, for all your great videos! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  123. Wow, I love this project and the idea of using my stamps with the embossing folders. This turned out so pretty. Thank you for sharing this…….Linda E.

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  124. A sun or moon in the background would be something I’d like to try adding to your fantastic card.

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  125. Pretty card and clever idea. I like the idea of keeping the embossed image in the folder when you stamp on it. I will try this when I add color to an embossed image. I do that a lot of this by running the inks across the embossed image. This will help to keep them stiff and not get into the crevices as much.

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  126. This is an awesome giveaway. I have drooled for months over videos just like this one, but the tools just aren’t in my budget. I have to hand – draw all of my art. I love drawing, but these products would open new doors for my arts and crafts. Thanks for the video, and the contest.

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  127. Really pretty card, and a new technique to try out! Thanks, Lindsay!

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  128. I love how this turned out. I need to use my few embossing folders more. Ideas like this help!

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  129. I love this new technique. Thank you for giving me another excuse to buy embossing folders

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  130. did you draw the winner yet? where do you post it. I am still hoping

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  131. WOW! This opens up so many possibilities!!!

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  132. Oh how cool!

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  133. Wow, this puts a whole New SPIN on using Embossing Folders! Thanks Lindsay for another Fabulous video. Happy Holidays Everyone!

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  134. Your work is always beautiful Lindsay! Beautiful tree stamp with so much versatility can be used for so many different card and journal layouts. Love it!

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  135. Stunning card! Thank you so much for this idea… I dont have those stamps or that embossing folder..but going to try this technique using something different. I found your blog after searching google to see if melting those perler beads was safe..!! Thank you for that funny … and informative post also!🙂 Subscribed to your blog today..although I have been watching you on youtube for awhile ..

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  136. Very pretty. For a daring shot, try freehand embossing….. start small though… these tall tree trunks could work. Basically straight lines and a few branches. craft foam for the base to emboss into and a rounded tipped embossing tool. practice on the proper pressure with different papers and find the ones that work best for you. 🙂

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  137. Thanks for the creative idea, Linsay. Perfect for me because I have some embossing folders but haven’t taken the plunge and purchased a machine yet.

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  138. Hello Lindsay, You’ve actually got me ready to start water coloring which always scared me before. I’m giving it a go. Thanks!

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  139. Great technique! You’re so creative! Where do you come up with so many cool ideas? I told my sister to save all her bottle lids for me so I can make stamp sponges with them. I must have at least ten lids now! Now I just need to wait to get back in the states to go to the dollar store to get the makeup sponges! So much cheaper then buying the sponges in the craft stores!

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  140. I really love this card. I enjoyed watching you put it together. You make it look so easy

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  141. Love these..how fun!

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  142. This gave me a whole new perspective on how to expand my use of my embossing folders and my stencils. Thank you

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  143. Thank you for your videos…. I am learning so much… I am using your videos to help me relax.

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  144. Would love to try some stamping. It looks like so much fun.

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  145. I keep looking at that birch tree embossing folder but still haven’t bought one. Now I think it’s going to the top of the wish list.

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  146. Oh, Lindsay, you are so generous to do this. I would love the opportunity to win! Your design ability is amazing.

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  147. Love love love

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  148. Excellent video. I was wondering how to get this effect with the embossing folder. Thank you for the demonstration/tutorial.

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  149. Lindsay, you are SUCH a good teacher! I’d love to win those stamps!!

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  150. Oh my, you are brilliant! I have this woodsy embossing folder on my wish list! The tree stamps are beautiful. The depth of the scene grows right in front of your eyes, looking like a painting! Thank you for sharing this technique. I admire the understated nature of the card for winter time greetings. Best to you!

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  151. Great idea. Can’t wait to try it. Thank you for a chance to win

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  152. I love this!! Cant wait to try it out! 🙂

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  153. Hello, Lindsay. I just love watching your videos! Your presentation manner is always so friendly and upbeat! Not only are your videos educational and inspiring, but they are so full of your lovely cheerful personality.

    I really like the Art Neko stamps, and the embossing folder from Darice that you used in this video. Based on your referral some months ago, I perused the Art Neko website, and I was just amazed at the incredible variety of their gorgeous stamps! Wow! Thank you for the chance to win these Art Neko stamps!

    I really appreciate your efforts in showing us creative methods, new techniques, and interesting ways to make the most use of our supplies. I hope that you had a happy Thanksgiving with your family. Kind regards, Pamela in Ontario, Canada

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  154. Another great technique thank you.

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  155. so pretty!!

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  156. Love this. I will be trying this for sure.

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  157. Love this idea! I want to try it with my own stuff. Thanks so much,

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  158. Birch tress are my absolute favorite….I need this stamp. Thanks for a winning chance.

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  159. I too have a “few” embossing folders!!! This technique opens up a whole new group of opportunities for unique cards. Thank you so much for the great tutorial! I have my Christmas cards for this year done, but I’m already looking to next year. This may be the one!!!

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  160. Loved your method of using the embossing folder. Would love to win this. Thanks!

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  161. I love the cards you made. I need way more practice to make cards.

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  162. I really like how this card turned out. Thank you for a giveaway.

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  163. Lindsay, once again you’ve rocked it! What a great way to use embossing folders and i absolutely love that card!

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  164. Your stamp school has truly inspired me to pursue stamping as a career! Thank you Lindsay!

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