Embossing with Toilet Paper
Hello my sweet paper crafters. It’s Rebecca, aka Cre8tiva, back today with a super easy and oh so fun Mixed Media technique tutorial – Embossing with Toilet Paper! Who knew we could use Toilet Paper as a mixed media tool? Embossing folders have always added wow to any of our junk journals, books, card making, scrapbooking, and every other art and craft that we enjoy here on The Graphics Fairy. The TP looks and feels like a high end fabric… soft and flexible. It reminds me of fine, embroidered Irish linen that has been starched to perfection!
Who Knew Toilet Paper Could be so Pretty?
Embossing with Toilet Paper is one of those magical techniques that you could do for hours and still be delighted! You really must do it to believe how gorgeous these images are. I love the simple look of the plain white toilet paper with an embossed pattern. The toilet paper molds so easily to embossing folders. These little wonders would be so pretty as a background page in a junk journal or on the front of a handmade card. Who knew?
A word about brand of toilet paper. I assume that any brand will work. For this article, I used Cottonelle® with ripples. It is 2-ply. I also tested paper towels and white high-quality napkins as well. They all worked beautifully. I love the Cottonelle because it is thick, super soft, and the results blew me away!! At first, I was concerned that the ripples would be a problem. However, they disappeared and I believe that they actually added an element of texture to the overall look of the embossed toilet paper images. Wait until you see below!!
Step 1 – Prep the Toilet Paper: Tear toilet paper into strips of three squares. You can do any size, but this length fits most of my embossing folders. Use your best judgement for fit.
Step 2 – Layer the TP: I found that three layers of the 2-ply TP was ideal for my projects. You can also use two layers for a nice look as well. The 2 layer image is a little less sturdy, so it may be good for some applications.
Step 3 – Mist the Toilet Paper: I have a fine mister. I found that 3-5 squirts of water on each side was good for moistening the TP. You want it slightly damp, not dripping wet! It can tear if too wet.
Step 4 – Embossing: Lay the damp TP into an embossing folder and close it. Place it between the layers of acetate and run it through your Embossing and Die Cut Machine. There are so many different machines out there today. I have a Sizzix® Big Shot Pro, a CuddleBug®, and Sidekick®. Others are Gemini, Anna Griffin, Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, and Evolution, to name a few. Let the embossed images air dry. It takes 15-30 minutes typically. TIP: As you see below, I used 2 folders at once so I would not waste any of the TP.
Toilet paper embossed like a dream. Here you can see the deboss side on the top section and the embossed side at the bottom. See how lovely the piece is with the ripples in between? SWOON! This look was a happy accident. I was pleasantly surprised and have so many ideas for using this look!
Letters and words emboss beautifully as well.
Allow the embossing folders to dry before putting them away. I stand mine up like this:
Embossing without a Machine
Did you know you could emboss with a rolling pin? Yep! It works almost as well, depending on how strong you are! HA HA I have pretty weak hands and you can see my results at the right!!
When you finish embossing with toilet paper, you can punch it, die cut it, framelit it, and more. The edges can be torn beautifully. TIP: Don’t throw that torn piece away. It can be used to embellish!!
You can also stain, paint, distress (age), and ink them.
I hope that you had fun learning How to Emboss Toilet Paper with me!! When I am not exploring with new and old Techniques for Mixed Media in my Graphics Fairy sandbox, I also create Photoshop Elements tutorials and craft project videos over on The Graphics Fairy Premium Membership site. You can find even more of my books, junk journals, mixed media art, classes, and whimsical shenanigans on Rebecca E Parsons Dot Com.