Graphite Transfer Paper Deboss

by Lydia Fiedler

Don't want to get your hands inky? Color the background of embossing folders with graphite transfer paper.


  • Graphite Transfer Paper

  • Cardstock or Watercolor Paper

  • Embossing Folder

  • Die Cutting Machine


  1. Step 1

    Cut a card front sized piece of graphite transfer paper.

  2. Step 2

    Place the paper over a card front, with the transfer side of the graphite paper facing the cardstock.

  3. Step 3

    Place the graphite paper and cardstock into an embossing folder. In my sample, I wanted the background to be graphite, so I positioned my cardstock accordingly. To see an example of how to choose which side of the embossing will end up with the color, please see this tutorial. So, imagine that the graphite paper is ink and place it on the side of the embossing folder where you would apply ink for the look you're trying to achieve.

  4. Step 4

    Run the folder through your die-cutting machine and remove the graphite paper.

  5. Step 5

    Variation: Graphite resists watercolor, so use any water media to color the white portions of your image, or color with another medium.

  6. Step 6

    Variation: Orient the graphite paper the opposite way using the same folder for a different look.

  7. Step 7

    Variation: Use this technique on colored cardstock.

  8. Step 8

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Graphite Transfer Paper Deboss. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Very cool look. Does it come off into your hands of the envelope?
Angela  |  Wed May 8, 2019 at 4:40 AM
Wow! Is this the next generation of "carbon paper?" What a fun project
Prissequito  |  Wed May 8, 2019 at 5:41 AM
Beautiful! I was going to ask the same thing, is this the old "carbon paper"?
Dawn  |  Wed May 8, 2019 at 6:02 AM
I have the same question as the first person. Graphite usually is terrible to rub off and smear. Shouldn't the card be sealed with fixative?
Nancy S  |  Wed May 8, 2019 at 7:33 AM
This is incredible! Thanks for sharing!
Julie Heyer  |  Wed May 8, 2019 at 7:36 AM
What a fun and unique idea! I am dying to try it!
Marti Crapo  |  Wed May 8, 2019 at 8:16 AM
I'll jump in, and hopefully Lydia will comment too. The graphite paper I use is waxed, and it does not tend to smear like the old carbon paper does. Because of the wax, mine actually stuck quite nicely to the paper and isn't rubbing off. This is the one I use.
dina  |  Wed May 8, 2019 at 8:27 AM
What is graphite paper and where would you find it? Interesting video. Would like to try it out. Thanks
Miss Kitty  |  Wed May 8, 2019 at 9:49 AM
I added a bunch to this technique's file but do not see them there; only in my own file.. does it take some time to get added into the technique's file, as I loaded them there. Somebody in the Netheralands : want some graphite paper to try this technique? I have some to sell as I bought a lot a while ago!
You can see some of the projects I did on my blog :
ellieknol  |  Thu May 9, 2019 at 2:51 PM
Dina, I tried the link you gave, and it looks like that graphite paper has maybe been discontinued? It's listed as unavailable at any rate. Any other suggestions/recommendations? smile
Andrea La Vigne  |  Thu May 16, 2019 at 5:08 PM
I contacted the company and they're trying to get it back in stock as soon as possible. They do have larger size sheets in stock.
dina  |  Thu May 16, 2019 at 6:53 PM
The paper is back in stock -
dina  |  Tue May 28, 2019 at 10:42 AM

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