Selective Embossing with Cheery Lynn Designs Embossing Plates

Before I get started with today's post, I just want to remind you that the

Cheery Lynn Designs Butterfly Challenge, ends June 4th

So you still have time to enter our Butterfly Challenge for a chance to win one of two shopping sprees to Cheery Lynn Designs!  We can't wait to see what you create!

Okay, so with that said, a few weeks ago I saw this great tutorial by Erin Lincoln where she selectively embossed part of her card front.  After watching her tutorial, I thought I'd give the technique a try with my Cheery Lynn Designs Dotted Swiss Embossing Plate and one of the small Rectangle Card-Maker Stackers dies.

I started with a 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch top-fold card and slid the top over the embossing plate and laid it down on my die cut machine like shown below (using an emboss stack). I then laid the Card-Makers Stackers Rectangle die down CUT SIDE UP (please, please make sure it is CUT SIDE UP so you don't ruin your embossing plate!!!). Position the second die (CUT SIDE UP) where you want it to show up on your card front.

Then you are simply going to fold down the top of the card like so...

Then lay the embossing pad over that, finish your embossing stack and run it through your machine. After which you'll have a finished card front like this... (p.s., I used a different embossing plate on the one pictured below as it photographed better since the card is white).

Ta-da!  Now you have the perfect place to stamp your sentiment... and add a beautiful Cheery Lynn Designs flower like the one I created here using the newly released Judy's Blooms.

I know I am going to use this technique again and again!  I'd love to hear if you try this on your next project... and if you do, please leave a comment with a link to your project so I can check it out!

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  1. I have also seen this done with a piece of rubber gasket. You can get "rubber gaskets" from any Home Depot type store (they are a pack of rubber sheets) and cut them out as a frame or in the square shape you have, lay it where you want embossing, and then emboss. This way there is NO chance of ruining the embossing plates. It is opposite your idea but it works. Although your idea seems easier, I am too afraid I might slip up. Maybe you might do a tutorial using this idea with your folders!

  2. Like the idea and am going to try it. Thanks. Edna

  3. WHat a super clever tip, Beth!! I would have never thought to do that!! Lovely card, too!

  4. Beth, GENIUS!! How did you ever?? Well I know I am going to try this! That card??? Simply FAB BA LUSS!!

  5. Great tutorial!! Love the idea! Pretty card

  6. Your card is lovely. I didn't know that you could lay a die on top of an embossing plate. I'm a little confused by the picture. It looks like you have a floral embossing plate, but you card shows the polka dots. Great job! Hugs, dj1952

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