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Color Embossing

Hi!  Jen Matott here for a fun Technique Tuesday.  I have a Cuttlebug from Provocraft and LOTS of texture embossing folders.  I love the look of added textures to papers just by adding designs that pop out.  I thought it might be fun to add a bit of color to the textures.  Gelatos are the perfect media to add to the embossing folders.

If you have a Cuttlebug or any of the press die cutters, this will work.  If you don't, you can still try it out using a rolling pin over a texture plate.

Here I rubbed some of the blues over the raised side of the folder. 

Spritz the paper lightly before putting into the folder.

TT6:705 Run through the machine.


The colors are intense and distressed!  I love the look! 
TT6:708 The Gelatos are easy to clean off the plate but before I do that, I took a "ghost" image by running it through with a couple more pieces of paper.  Each time it was lighter but still cool!

To clean off the plate, I spray with water and wipe with a course rag.  If any residue is left, soak in soapy water and use an old toothbrush to remove any color stuck in the corners.


Here's my journal page that I used the color embossed paper on.  I added color to the collaged background with Gelatos and my colored glazes that I shared a few posts ago.  I colored gel medium with Gelatos to create a translucent color.

I hope you were inspired to use your embossing tools a little differently and add color to the textures!


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colleen mcginty

Love this Jen ! Thanks : )

Nicole Maki

Love this idea and I'm going to try it out tonight. Thanks!

Carol B

Very cool idea!

Carol B

Audrey Joy Rollins

I love this technique!


Great idea, just received all the Gelatos so can't wait to try this. Love your finished page, awesome textures.

Trish Alger

Great idea!!

Jill Foster

Love the look! Awesome finished page, too!

Marilyn Rollo

Wonderful to find tutorials like this! Thanks for the inspiration!

Marilyn Rollo

Its always nice to see something to get inspired by...this definitely did it for me, thanks for sharing!!!

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