22 November 2023

VIDEO | Reverse Embossing

Hello there, today I have a tag to share using a technique that I learnt from my amazing Altenew teamie Erum Tasneem. It is reverse embossing - so using the back or the debossed side of an embossing folder, rather than the front or embossed side. 

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I started off by die cutting an Altenew Terrific Tags Die from Classic Crest 110lb Solar White Cardstock. I took the Altenew Whimsy Motif 3D Embossing Folder, turned it over so that the reverse side was facing upwards and placed my tag inside. I then ran it through my die cutting machine. 

With the debossed side facing upwards, I adhered the tag to an Altenew Sticky Mat to hold it in place while I added ink blending. I blended Altenew Sweet Dreams Fresh Dye Inks on top, focussing the darker colour towards the base of the flower and the base of the leaves. I then added the two lightest green shades from the Altenew Green Valley Crisp Dye Inks to the tips of the leaves. 

I took the Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink and going direct to paper, I swiped the ink onto the tag. Where the areas are raised the black ink covers, where the areas are debossed, the ink blending shows. How much pressure you use on the ink pad does depend on the finished look. Erum shows how to do this with an ink blending tool which is a little less scary than going direct to paper! I like the coverage of direct to paper though. 

I cut another tag from black cardstock and adhered it to the back of the tag with Altenew Glue Tape. I threaded twine through the top of the tag and tied in a bow. I then stamped a sentiment onto black cardstock from the Altenew Sincere Sentiments Stamp Set using Altenew Embossing Ink. I applied Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. It was cut into a strip and adhered to the tag with Altenew Instant Dimension Foam Tape


Here is the video sharing how I made the tag:

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You really do need to see the technique in action to appreciate how cool it is! Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day! 


  1. Wow, that tag is just so gorgeous! Thank you for the video on this amazing technique, too.

  2. This is an absolutely stunning tag Michelle! Such a great technique which I really must try. It's very striking with the black against those blues and greens. Amazing!


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