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Samples with Embossing Folders and Frames

Tutorial: Altered Textured Impressions Folder!! You are going to love it!

Strap on your seatbelt and helmet... let's go for a ride.. you are GOING TO LOVE THIS!!

Read all the way to the end for a CUSTOMER INCENTIVE and BLOG CANDY!

Do you know how to get this lovely blank oval area using the Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Embossing Folders???

Emb folder oval tree

Normally when you use one of the Impressions Folders you get an all over textured impression like this:


But I got a cool swap at Convention from Betty Kincannon who learned this technique from this blog here and here.  I wanted to try this with our Stampin' Up! Impressions folders, and I knew you'd want to see a tutorial, so I modified the instructions to use my Stampin' Up! products and I eliminated a few of her steps to suit my needs.... HERE YOU GO...

Step 1

Step 2

(wood template info at bottom of post)

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7

Then you get THIS!!

Emb folder after


Emb folder supplies

I used these frames from a national craft store chain.

Emb folder wood frame

UPDATE.... so I'm thinking this morning.... Why not make my own template/frame?!? I think we could use our Stampin' Up! Chipboard sheets, and any Big Shot die, and cut an opening in a rectangular piece of chipboard and make our own frame... need to give it a try when I get home this afternoon!!  Let me know if you try it!

This will work beautifully with the following Textured Impressions Embossing Folders:

  • Petals A Plenty, mini catalog pg 21, #116824, $7.95
  • Finial Press, catalog pg 195, #115963, $7.95


I will send a FREE WOOD FRAME TEMPLATE to the first 5 customers who place an ON LINE ORDER through my website (HERE) of $50 or more and include at least ONE Impressions Embossing Folder!


I will send a FREE wood frame template to 3 randomly drawn comments on this post, deadline: Friday, Sept. 11, 6pm CA time.   Comment must include full name and email address in your comment.

OK>> now back to my 125 Swaps using this technique for my upcoming Founders Circle Trip next week!!

Emb folder FC prep

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off to the craft store! Cool!


I love learning new ways to use tools I already have. This is great and once again the look/shape can be centered. Thanks!


How awesome is this idea? I cannot wait to try it out. I love how versatile our embossing folders are, and how the Big Shot makes it all possible!!!
Blessings, Mary

Cheryl M

Patty you always, always share wonderful tips and this one is no exception. I have a swap to work on and I for sure will try your idea. Thanks
Cheryl Miller

Wow! I love that you have come up with a new way to use our product and get a new look. Very creative. Thanks for sharing.

Sherri Power


This is just too darn cool. I can't wait to give it a whirl. You're the BEST!

Mary Butterfield

Ellie M.

TFS such a unique technique with us! I really like this :)

Cheryl Wilcox

Wow, Patty, that is really cool! Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us. I love how great it turned out with the oval, and I'm going to have to try this soon!

Cheryl Wilcox

Leslie Jones

Ooooo!!! This is such a great idea! I have got to try this with chipboard!! Imagine the could put a chipboard BIRD in the center of your card to make a BIRD shaped frame if you wanted! I am so excited to try this. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me win!!! LOL

Lisa Starbuck

This technique is awesome! How fun! I'd love to win a wood template to try this myself. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge


Great technique! I can't wait to see the finished swaps :)


You are so talented and so clever!! I love your site! I learn so much from you! Thanks for sharing!

Leonie Schroder

Oh Patty what a great idea and thanks so much for sharing it with us! I just wish I could get those embossing folders here :(

Bev Mantle

How fantastic, can you please tell me how thick are the wood frames that you used. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea.


I would love to win your blog candy! Thanks for being so generous!
Missy Smith

Joyce Persenaire

That is the *greatest* tip! Thanks for sharing! I love checking out your creations each day! Thank YOU :)

Gail S.

Wow Patty! This is such a great idea - you are Sooooooo smart :) Thanks for sharing this cool trick.

Mary Ross

Pure genius!!! I love when somebody thinks outside of the box and comes up with these ideas. I wish I could sit right down and do it NOW...giggle.


Mary B

Patty, this is awesome and so clever! Beautiful card.
-Mary B

Myra S

I think this is one of the best techniques I've seen in awhile. I can't imagine doing 125 of them! Good luck!
Myra Shaw

Carol Carriveau

This is a fabulous technique...can't wait to try it - thanks so much for sharing!

carolyn s

Patty, this is definitely awesome. I hope the chipboard works, if not I'm off to the craft store to find one of these frames. thanks so much for sharing.
carolyn s
ceashark at aol dot com

Marisol Gutierrez

WOW~Does your brain ever rest? Thanks for sharing this technique...Hope you have a FANTASTIC time at Founder's Circle. Looking forward to seeing the swaps you receive. Thanks for the opportunity to win some YUMMY blog candy.
Marisol Gutierrez

Sandy Fleming

What a GREAT idea! It is such a beautiful look! 125 swaps? How do you do that? Seems like a lot of work! This card is beautiful. Thank you for sharing how to do it!

Sandy Fleming

Karen Kurz

What a cool idea...thanks so much for sharing.

Melissa Erickson

Hi Patty!
I love this idea and I am so glad that you share so much information with everyone.

Mary B

YES!!! Patty, your idea of using chipboard WORKS beautifully! I made a frame by cutting 3 pieces of thin chipboard to 4 1/4" X 5 1/2". I centered then cut an oval opening in each piece of chipboard, one at a time, using an oval die (from a set of 'thin dies' that came nested; the thin dies will cut only 1 layer of thin chipboard at a time). Glue the 3 layers of chipboard together with the windows fully aligned after cutting the windows out of each piece. Two layers of chipboard still had some 'ghosting' of the embossing folder. Three layers of chipboard produced an excellent image and no 'ghosting' in the window. I had to modify my 'sandwich' to move it through the Big Shot. From the bottom up, here's my sandwich: Multi-purpose platform using ALL tabs; 1 piece of chipboard that's larger than the embossing folder (acting as a shim and protecting the multi-purpose platform's surface); embossing folder loaded with piece of cardstock; your customized 3-layer chipboard template/frame; 1 cutting pad ... and it's ready to crank through. I was not able to find a combination of plates, tabs, and shims when using TWO cutting pads (the normal procedure).
Thanks Patty for sharing this great idea. You are marvelous!
Mary B

Lorraine Guild, 560 Sinda Circle, Moab UT 84532

Dear Patty,
Each evening after a tiring day with kindergarten and first graders, I look forward to visiting you (your site) for innovative ideas. Tonight's tutorial with the flat center using the new petals-a-plenty folder is an awesome idea. This looks very sophisticated and elegant. I can hardly wait for an evening when I can work on making a frame template to figure out a variety of center finishes. All your work is greatly appreciated even though we may not have time to thank you.
Lorraine Guild
560 Sinda Circle
Moab UT 84532

Sheryl Wight

Simple, gorgeous, tasteful. Thank you for sharing your talents and creativity with the rest of the world!


How nice of you to share this with everyone. I'll try making the frame first to see if it works with chip board. Love your card with the Thoughts & Prayer set. I can picture the Upsy Daisy set in the oval and many more.

Elizabeth Ruegemer

Wow what a great idea, very original. You always have such neat ideas on your site.

Elizabeth Ruegemer

sherrill graff

#232 wow, you have really made my day! Our friends will LOVE this idea! Thank you for all you do.
Stampin Up is such a great company because of demonstrators like you! If you are ever in Las Vegas, come over and stamp with me. Sherrill Graff


Cool technique! Thanks for sharing. I would love to try it.


Wow, this is amazing! I will definitely be trying this technique. Please exclude me from the blog candy.


wow - that is pretty neat - thanks for sharing!

Kathy T

I said I couldn't wait to try, I didn't! Ran to M's grabbed the frame and flew home. It works like a charm and has really made me think of lots of ways to use this technique. Thanks so much for sharing.

Anne Brignall

How cool! I dont have a bigshot so must see if I can work out how to do this with a cb. :)
Thank you for showing us how this is done.. it looks great.

mary jo

What a cool technique! Will have to try it with the chipboard and one of the SU dies; how are a genious! Thanks for sharing. Mary Jo

SherryBee in AZ

What a GREAT idea! It turned out awesome!
thanks for sharing!
And, WOW! 125 of those babies!!!
Do you impress each one individually?
Have fun with the Circle!
Sherry Bee in AZ


I saw something similar in the net, but like always I forgot to save it. So thank you very much for remember me.
Your crads are wonderful, always.


Whitney Richardson

I love this what an awesome WOW!! poject.
Whitney Richardson


Great technique. I would like to forward your blog letter to a friend. Can you tell me how to do this?

Anne P

Hi Patti,
I love your card very much - that's a beautiful tree stamp, isn't it, and the embossing folder is great too. Thank you for the tutorial - that's an excellent technique.

Sheila Myers

Patty, you are such an inspiration to so many of us. As my emails come in I watch for your name knowing it's going to be another great idea. What a wonderful idea and I can see such great ways of using it with cards and scrapbooking projects. Thanks again for sharing with us. Love your blog. Sheila

Sheila Myers

Just saw that you wanted full name and address for the drawing got to excited about the technique and forgot to include it.
Sheila Myers
100 Cinnabar Trl
Cibolo, TX 78108


debbie spencer

Absolutely ingenious! Can't wait to give this a try. As always, thanks for the inspiration! :)

Susan Carlson

What a fabulous idea!!! I can't wait to find myself one of those frames and try out this technique : )

Oil City, PA

Betsy Rouw

That is so cool! You have such great ideas and thanks for sharing them. Now to see if I can find those wood templates.


Betsy Rouw

Ooops, forgot to include my email address.

Ilene B.

What a cool look, will have to give this a try! Thank you so much for sharing! Can't wait to see what you do for the Founders Circle card!

Tara Kieninger

Lovely technique! Tara Kieninger,

Linda Plett

Wow! Love this technique. You know I'd love to get my hands on one of those frames! lgplettatgmaildotcom.

Linda Plett


Patty, this is a great technique! I first found it on youtube;
this video uses cardstock rather than wood frames, I found it works very well. Thanks for all you share, I love your blog, as a new blogger I have learned so much.
Sharri Coates


Sorry I meant chip board, not cardstock, this has worked well for me. SharriC

Gloria Dojlido

Very cool...thanks for sharing.


Lauri Coons

I absolutely love it! It is so feminine looking and could be dressed up with anything in the middle. I can see a Build a Bear Girl in the middle for a sweet birthday card.

Lauri Coons

Carolyn Lomeo

What a great technique, thanks for sharing.
Carolyn Lomeo

Janet Smith

Oh WOW! This is cool - can't wait to try it!
Thanks, as usual, for sharing your great ideas; and especially for making them look so easy peasy...
Janet Smith


You never cease to amaze me!!! What a totally cook idea! off to Hobby Lobby to see if they carry the wood frames!

Jamie Hurley

This is the most ingenious, most wonderful thing I have seen in a long time! I am going to try this, oh wait, I don't have the wooden frame.....(yet)hehe! Thanks for posting this Patty!
Jamie Hurley

Heather Wnek

I saw the card idea somewhere else and had no idea how they did that. Thanks for sharing your great tutorial!

Gwen P.

What a FABULOUS technique Patty!! I will definitely be trying it...

Thanks for the blog candy too :-)

St. John's,NL


What a cool idea. Need to take a trip to my local craft store. I also love the embossing folder

Barbara Parker

You are SSSSOOOO creative. Thanks for sharing your talents. Another new idea to try...can't wait.
Barbara Parker, Ohio

Donna Bagwell


This is awesome - thanks for sharing this great idea. My customers are going to LOVE it.

Donna Bagwell

Mary Sarah

What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing and for the blog candy!
Mary Brady

Barbara V

What an amazing technique...can't wait to get home and try it! Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Trisha Hugulet

Thank you so much for sharing this idea! This is so cool! But then...everything you post is some kinda cool idea!


AMAZING! I love this, and can't wait to try it - thanks so much for all your wonderful inspiration Patty!


WOWSERS!!! That's a great technique!!! I'm glad I visit your site and get your blog.

Marilyn R Buffum

I want to share with the group the absolutely wonderful thing that happened to me yesterday and has renewed my Faith in my fellow Demos. I placed a small order with Patty and because I had made an error changin my e-mail in Pay Pal it was bounced back to her when she tried to send it to me. So what did she do --She CALLED me and straighted it out. That is customer service and you know that this is the kind of service her customers get. Thank-you!

MaryBeth Pellerin

Patty -
What a great technique using the Stampin Up embossing folders - thank you so much for sharing!
MaryBeth Pellerin

Malinda Blevins

What a great idea. I had to try it last night and it worked like a charm. It is such a big WOW. Thanks Malinda

Kay Sha

OMG!!! Patty, this is a great technique to be treasured for long time!!! Thank you for finding and sharing this techique!!!! AWESOME!!!

Sharon Williams

Just when you think that is all there is, someone comes up with another poppin' great idea like this one.

Anita Holden

That is so totally awesome! Can't wait to try it!! Thank you so much!

Anita Holden

Susan Hughes

What a great idea...I love it! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the chance to win.

Susan Hughes

Gina f

beautiful idea!!!...gina f

Donna Rinckel

Very cool and what a lovely look it gives to the card. I really have to try this one. Thanks for the inspiration. I always look forward to reading your blog every day!
Donna Rinckel

Sue Mac Donald

CONGRATS!! on the Founders Circle; such an excellent group to belong to. Another great inspiration from you~~~thanks for sharing.


WOW Patty! I didn't really care for the embossing folders, but with this technique, I may just have to place an order for them. Where did you get the wood templates?

Lori A.

Oh my goodness!! That is so cool! Thanks for sharing!
Lori Atwood
ljatwood at gmail dot com

Jo-Ann Unrau

Wow! Love it! Would it work with the SU wood sheets?

Sue R

I definitely have to give this a try!! Thanks so much for sharing Patty...hugs

Debbie Porter

I just love this super cool technique. I enjoy seeing all of the new ideas shown on your blog. You continue to be an inspiration to me.


Darlene Castor

Very cool....I'm so bummed to be reading this at work, now the afternoon is going to drag on and on, while I'm being anxious to get home to try this!!!

Carol Bush

WOW!!! Is this ever cool!!! Yes, I want to enter. I am in Ronda Wade's Rubber Queens and my name is Carol Bush, e-mail is

What a great idea. I'll have to try this later today.

Barbara-Ann Conway-Myers

This is great. I have to try it. The possibilities are endless.

Barbara Welch

Wow Patty, another amazing tutorial. I love seeing all the ideas you create and share with us. Have a great time at Founder's Circle!
Barbara Welch;

Lori Watson

I love the look of this texture how it gives you a finished touch. Hugs and happy stamping Lori Watson

Shendy Farber

What a great idea! I just recently purchased the Big Shot and I am in love with it. I will definately be trying this idea. Thank you for sharing!


Wow! What a great tutorial and great cards! I am such a visual learner and the step-by-step pics are terrific!
I tried posting early this morning at 5:30 am, before I left to go to work, but my computer was so slow it was going to make me late. I was anxious to get back on here after my day at work and take a better look!
Thanks for sharing the instructions.

Julie Beckert

Patty, What a fantastic card. Great job on the tutorial. I have not been able to find the templates. Would love to win one.

Julie Beckert

karen gibson

Love it! Karen Gibson 3360 concord dr brunswick oh 44212

Lisa Stout

Such a great idea. I'd be thrilled with one of those swaps.
Lisa Stout

Chris McKnight

Patty-do you think our Wood Sheets would make a frame using one of our sizzix dies for the opening?

Jessica Ying

wow...really impressive. Thanks for sharing

Linda Willman

Brilliant as usual Patty! I hope I win this cool template but I'm going to try making one tonight.
Thanks for the great inspiration.

Cheryl Sanders

Patty, I so want to be you one day-creative, willing to share and just an all around nice person. I check your blog every day. I am really new to making cards so I learn so much from your site. I just got the big shot and haven't ordered any embossing folders yet. I didn't think I needed one. Now I can't wait to get some and start playing. Thanks for being you!

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