Sunday 24 October 2021

More Inspiration for Challenge #13 - Double Emboss

 Hello Squashettes!  Gail here today with some more inspiration for the current Double Emboss challenge here at Let's Squash It! 

We want you to use an embossing folder and also another embossing technique together.  So emboss the same piece of card with two different folders, or use heat embossing in some manner with your embossing folder.  The two types of embossing must be together, so an embossed background and then a panel with an embossed sentiment does not count!!
I was really pleased with the effect I got using two embossing folders on top of each other so I found a couple more I thought would work together........
A favourite of mine, Darice Retro Circle, with some very pale lilac card

Then Crafts-Too Bamboo on top.  Ooh pretty!!!

A little Pink Petunia chalk ink to highlight the bamboo.

A pink pearlescent card base, and since it's got a feminine oriental feel I went with PaperBabes Mary Dee Kimono stamp.

I am so pleased to see some makes in the linky gallery using this double folder technique.  It can give some super awesome backgrounds.  I hope you get time to play along.  Dig out your folders and get squashing.  Linky is open until the end of the month so you have another week to join in. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Sunday 17 October 2021

Inspiration for Challenge #13 - Double Emboss


It's the 17th of the month and it's Jo here with a little more inspiration for Challenge #13

This month is all about the art of Double Embossing. If you missed it, please check out Gail's fab Technique Time post where she gives a fabulous masterclass on this fab technique and shows you how to str-e-tch those embossing folders even further. 

I was very interested to try some embossing using clear powder as a resist and so broke out this beautiful folder from Altenew

Just look at that fabulous 3-D image. 

I ran this EF through my ancient Cuttlebug and then very carefully swiped the raised parts of the card with Versamark Ink. Quite a lot of powder stuck to the rest of the watercolour card, so I brushed and blew it away. 

A quick 'do' with my heat gun and I was ready to smooch the card with a selection of Distress Inks. 

This looks much nicer IRL, but hopefully you can see how the embossing powder worked as a resist on the flowers and leaves. 

There's still plenty of time to play along with our current challenge as it runs until October 31st. Gail and I hope to see you in the gallery!

Sunday 10 October 2021

Let's Squash It! Challenge #13 - Double Emboss.

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the thirteenth challenge here at 

Let's Squash It! 

Let's Squash It! is The Embossing Folder Challenge.  We are gonna help you explore the world of the not so humble embossing folder and encourage you to dig 'em out, knock the dust off and find old, new and fun ways to make your projects pop. 

We have an awesome team to keep you entertained and awesome challenge themes to stretch your creativity and get you using all those long forgotten and neglected embossing folders. 
For those of you who are just tuning in you can check the previous posts for the story behind the genesis of the challenge and the technique posts for awesome tips and techniques to help you make the most of your supplies and folders.

Challenges start on the 10th of the month and run to the last day at 23.59 GMT.  We will be picking top picks and a winner, who will have a chance to be our guest designer for a future challenge.  There is a little prize on offer for a randomly selected winner and these will all be announced on the 5th of next month.   

So, Challenge #13
And this month's theme is

Double Emboss

We want you to use an embossing folder and also another embossing technique together.  So emboss the same piece of card with two different folders, or use heat embossing in some manner with your embossing folder.  The two types of embossing must be together, so an embossed background and then a panel with an embossed sentiment does not count!!  Please check the Technique Time post for some extra ideas and tips. 

Please make sure you include both parts of the challenge on your card and also check da roolz to ensure your entry will be eligible for the random prize draw!

And here's some inspiration from the team......
Gail's Card uses 
Lisa Horton Embossing Folder - Plaid
with embossing powder

Jo's Card uses 
Couture Creations Embossing Folder - Fudge
with embossing powder

Please do check da roolz to make sure you will be in the running for da prizes.  

This months randomly selected winner will be able to choose a prize from the
Now it your turn!
Grab your embossing folders and dies or scissors and join the fun.
We are looking forward to seeing your cards.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Friday 8 October 2021

Technique Time October - Double Emboss

Hello Squashettes!  Gail here today with another Technique Time.   


We hope these posts will help you find some fun new ways to stretch your embossing folders, or maybe just remind you of some techniques you haven't used for a while, so grab a cuppa and take a look. 

 Today I am investigating the effect of double embossing.  There are a number of ways to combine embossing folders and other embossing techniques.


Probably he first one that springs to mind is emboss your card with your folder, swipe the texture with sticky ink, sprinkle embossing powder and heat.  Here I used DoCrafts A5 Honeycomb embossing folder, yellow card and bronze embossing powder.  So pretty!!

You can also swipe the embossing folder with the ink, emboss and then do the heat embossing.  This will allow you to heat emboss your debossed areas.   I used a plaid embossing folder that came with Lisa Horton Inspired to Create issue 68 magazine.  OK, I admit I bought the magazine for this folder!!!  The flower die cuts were cute as well, and the enamel dots, but really, this folder!!  I inked the flatter side of the folder, embossed my off white card and sprinkled with Vintage Photo distress powder.  Not sure the distress powder was the best choice, but I am already seeing ideas for this experiment.....

Embossing powder doesn't mind going through an embossing folder.

I cut these blue baubles using Sizzix bigz die and white embossed some christmas sentiments using Rubber Dance stamps.

Then I embossed the baubles with the matching embossing folder and swiped them with some blue ink to highlight the texture.  Just wipe the ink off the white embossing to make it pop again.

You can also use embossing powder to 'enamel' a die cut or piece of card and then emboss it

Yet another UFO in progress LOL.  There is a veritable UFO convention on my desk at the moment!!!  I cut Sizzix mini old jalopy from a scrap of card and applied layers of black embossing powder until it got quite thick and glossy.   A bit uneven, but grunge is OK for this project.  

Then I embossed the word Voyage using Sizzix Journey Background texture fades folder.  If your embossing powder goes a bit dull a quick blast with the heat gun can liven it up again.  Do go careful with your pressures if you are embossing a thick embellishment like this..........

Something else I have done before, but not seen other people do, is to use two different embossing folders over the top of each other.  

This is the same Plaid folder I used already.  Totally different look here with the emboss rather than deboss side!  I inked it with Spun Sugar distress ink for some subtle colour.

Then I ran it through my bigshot again, this time using DoCrafts A5 Cherry Blossom Stripe folder.  Gosh, isn't that pretty!!!!  So pretty I had to make a card........

Sorry for the crazy changing tones.  Light levels are beginning to get low here in Norway and my camera did not approve of my subtle effects.  But Camera did like when I added this bright pink Unity girl and a pre-printed sentiment strip which says 'Good friends are precious as gold'

I hope you have enjoyed my embossing on embossing ideas. If you have any other ideas do share if you are experimenting.  We will be back on the 10th with another challenging challenge.
Maybe you can guess the theme???? 

See you there.



Tuesday 5 October 2021

Winners and Top Picks for Challenge #12


Hello Squashettes!  Gail here today to announce the results of Challenge #12.  There were so many beautiful cards and it was quite tricky picking our favourites, but we finally whittled it down......

Thanks to everyone for joining us and sharing your gorgeous cards.

And a big thank you to Alice for joining us as our guest and sharing her lovely cards.

But you are here for the winner and top picks aren't you?  So let's get to it......

Our two runners up, impressing us with their fabulous squashing are:

Beautiful embossed background and a gorgeous design



Lovely embossed background and that llama!!

Congrats ladies,
We h
ope you'll wear your badge with pride!

Our top pick and winner of our Empress of Squash award,
(with a chance to guest design for a future challenge) goes to:


Loved the colours, the owl and lovely emboss on background and the frame

Here's your badge and well done on being our Empress of Squash.

We also have our random draw prize to award!  
Mr Random says the lucky winner is......

Congrats Joanne!  Please email me at with your address details, and also let me know which folder you want from the prize vault.

Thanks again to Alice for joining Jo and me for this challenge, and a very big thank you to everyone who joined the fun. Our next challenge is due to start on 10th October, and don't forget to check out the Technique Time teaser on the 8th. Hope to see you there!  Hugz