Friday, August 13, 2010

Katy's Tutorial: Paint techniques with Cuttlebug Folders

Hi everyone,
My turn to do a tutorial this month on the theme of 'paint'. Grab your Cuttlebug embossing folders, a sponge brush or piece of foam, and acrylic paint for this one - that's all you need. I've kept it simple - like me ;).
Before we start a word of warning - the paint can stain your folders. If you are really concerned about this then skip to the end as there is an alternative to the two main methods I describe here. I figure that Cuttlebug folders are pretty inexpensive and there to be used, so I don't mind giving mine a bit of abuse!

This technique you can see in the sample on the right in the main picture. It creates a two-tone effect when done. This works best with strong contrast - so light coloured paint on dark card or dark coloured paint on light card.

1. Paint acrylic paint onto the side of the folder that creates the negative part of the image - this technique works best with the paint applied to the recesses on the final embossed card rather than the raised areas. You can, however, use either side of the folder - experiment with what you prefer. Keep the brush flat so as not to apply the paint into the recesses on the folder as we want the raised areas to remain the colour of the cardstock. Don't apply the paint too thickly - use an even thin layer.
2. Place a piece of card into the folder and run through your chosen die cutting machine.
3. The end result is a two-tone effect - the paint is applied to the background but not to the raised areas.

TIP! Clean your folder straight away before the residual paint dries. An old toothbrush is ideal for getting the paint out of the more detailed designs.

This second technique can be done even if you don't have a die cutting machine. It kind of turns your Cuttlebug folder into a stamp. This is the technique used on the card on the left.

1. Paint one side of the folder as before, using a thin even layer of acrylic paint. You can use either side depending on the look you want.
2. Place card inside the folder, close it, and firmly roll a brayer over it several times. Be quite firm with the pressure on the brayer.
3. Open the folder and the paint will have created a 'stamped' image on your cardstock.

And finally...

If you don't like the idea of using paint directly on your folders, try this:

1. Run a piece of fun foam through your chosen folder. The foam becomes a temporary 'stamp'.
2. Paint or ink the foam.
3. Lay cardstock over the painted foam and roll a brayer over it - the pattern from the foam will be transfered to the card in a similar way to technique two.

TIP! If you lightly warm the foam with a heat gun before embossing it will retain the pattern better.

Thanks for reading - I hope this has given you another idea for getting more from Cuttlebug folders. If you have a go, do link back as I'd love to see.

Take care,


  1. Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing this tutorial!

  2. Some really great ideas Katy and particularly like that fun foam idea which is fabulous.
    Gorgeous cards you've made too.
    Thanks for sharing with us all.

  3. Katy,

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, can't wait to give this a try. Haven't been doing many cards lately, but definetily want to give this one a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Good tutorial Katy, not sure which technique I will try, maybe directly on the folder. I do have a couple of duplicate folders so it makes sense to try it that way.
    Sandi's Creations!

  5. Great technique Katy!! I think using the fun foam would be interesting just to try it, even though I like to make a mess!! Think I will give one of those options a try!!

  6. This sounds like fun-I'm going to try it. Thanks!

  7. Brilliant tute Katy! TFS!
    Alison x

  8. Gosh, this tutorial makes me want a cuttlebug!!!!
    Beautifully made cards!!!

  9. Katy, Great technique with beautiful results!

  10. Thank you for all the great ideas. I play with paint and embossing folders a lot but haven't tried the foam technique. Your cards are beautiful!

  11. What a fabulous idea, with such a great effect!! Thanks for sharing this - great tutorial, Katy!


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