So I can’t remember where I got the idea from, but I thought I might try using some of embossing folders with clear ink and embossing powders.
I used a clear ink pad and just pressed it all over the inside of the folder. I then pressed card or paper down onto that part of the folder with the folder still open. I found that the best way to get a clear impression. I then used white embossing powder and heated it. Once it was cool I used Brushos over the top. You get different versions of the pattern depending on which side you use.
I’ve also just seen them on craft TV using the same technique, but rollering on the ink and putting the whole lot through the embossing machine! I quite like the distressed look from my technique.
I am working on a Fathers Day card with this background:
I hope it inspires you to try it out!!