Create a beautiful embossed background for your cards!

Posted by on October 5, 2014 in Featured, Flowers, Greeting Cards, Tutorial, video | 8 comments

You can create a beautiful embossed background using Sponge Daubers and inks!  The Lovely Lace Embossing Folder from Stampin’ Up! is perfect for this technique.


sponge an embossed background

This card would work for a variety of greetings but I chose the one from Thoughts & Prayers.  I also stamped the greeting a little more to the left to leave room for the butterfly .  Here’s the list of supplies with measurements:

  • Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers, Papillon Potpourri
  • Inks:  Pistachio Pudding, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Strawberry Slush
  • Paper:  Pistachio Pudding (8-12″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″), Whisper White (embossed layer 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, 2nd layer and inside layer 4″ x 5-1/4″)
  • Accessories:  Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Label Card Thinlits, Labels Collection Framelits (next size up from the smallest), Bitty Butterfly Punch, White Organza Ribbon, Dimensionals, Rhinestones, Sponge Daubers

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The first step in creating this beautiful embossed background is to emboss the Whisper White cardstock (3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″) with the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder and Big Shot (on tab 1).  You’ll then use Sponge Daubers to add ink to the raised embossed images.  The daubers fit perfectly on your fingertip and you just pat or rub across the ink pad to pick up some of the ink.  Be sure to go in a soft, circular motion when adding the ink.  It’s better to start with too little ink because you can always add more but if you start with too much ink, you can’t remove it.

I added the White Organza ribbon around the embossed and sponged cardstock and tied a knot in the front before layering it to Whisper White cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and then to the front of the folded Pistachio Pudding cardstock.


Lovely Lace Embossing Folder

Here’s another picture of the Embossed Envelope.  You could also add ink to the embossed images on the envelope but I like it left all white.  Don’t you love how the framelit from the Label Card Thinlits layers perfectly with the Labels Collection Framelits?


lovely lace inside 2

I decorated the inside with a few of the sponged embossed images by trimming around the edges and adding to the inside with adhesive.  You can also watch a video tutorial for this card at my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel:

If you’d like to purchase the products used to create this beautiful embossed background,  you can contact me or click the “shop online” link to the right if you prefer to place your order at my online store 🙂


  1. Beautiful card-love the soft colors.

    • Thank you Bea 🙂

  2. This is just the card I’ve been looking for! Thanks for sharing your creatively outstanding talent with us, Brenda.
    I try never to miss your videos because your ideas are so innovative

    • Thank you Lynne! I’m celebrating 13 years with Stampin’ Up! this month and your sweet comment made my day 🙂

  3. Gorgeous soft feminine card

    • Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment! Hope you find some other projects you like 🙂

  4. This cards is beautiful. The colors are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your techniques.

    • Thank you Brenda! Sponging is probably one of my favorite techniques 🙂

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