It’s September!!! Time to celebrate STAMPtember®! Tons of exclusive products have been released by SimonSaysStamp and we are sharing inspiration on how to use them through a blog hop with lots of giveaways!

You should have arrived here from Amanda Korotkova’s blog.

If you want to start the blog hop from the beginning please visit the SimonSaysStamp blog here.

Empossing texture plate

One of the new products that just have been released is the gorgeous embossing texture plate. This is an etched metal plate that adds a subtle texture on your paper. I love the design and it’s the perfect background for clean and simple cards.

To help the design pop even more I did some inking with my distress inks. A great tip if you want a great blending result but not too vibrant is to use the Nuvo dual tipped brushes for applying your ink.

I made 3 cards in no time using this technique and look how gorgeous they all look. Just use your favorite color combination and then add your sentiment.

Since you can’t stamp the sentiment on the embossed background a great alternative is to use strips of paper with stamped sentiments or die cut words. I combined both of these ideas and I just love the final result. I also did die cut the words twice from white and black cardstock so that I can create a shadow.

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel


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Leave a comment below for a chance to win a $50 coupon to SimonSaysStamp! Winners will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Tuesday.

SimonSaysStamp is also giving away a $50 coupon to every stop on the hop so make sure to visit everyone and give them some love!

Next stop:

The next stop on the hop is Jessica Frost-Ballas.

Happy STAMPtember!!!!



  1. What simply lovely cards! I love all your videos, they give me such inspiration to create! I always find some new technique to create. Thank you so very much for sharing.
    ~Gin K.~

  2. It’s amazing to see how creative you can get! I hope to win a giveaway especially this…cause in my country this stuff is really expensive. And my parents won’t allow me spending that much money for a hobby.

  3. The embossing plate is really gorgeous and in a little time you can create a beautiful card!
    Thanks as always for your inspiring videos.

  4. Such a pretty design on the texture plate. I don’t know if it’s the brushes or the colors you’ve used but the oxide inks have a really soft look to them. Do they generally give a softer look that the original Distress Inks? The colors you used on the “star” card are so pretty together. Thank you, Vicky.

  5. Beautiful cards! It’s great to learn how to use these plates, and I think they would make a lovely gift if you made a set of these for someone.

  6. WONDERFUL!!!! I’ll DEFINATELY HAVE TO get those brushes! 😉 I LOOOOVE the embossing plate!!! I’ll HAVE TO GET THAT TOO!!! LOL JUST BEAUTIFUL!!! FABULOUS JOB, Vicki!!! 😉

  7. Thanks for sharing how to use the embossing plate and to add sentiments to an embossed card. Love the shadow for the words. Beautiful and inspirational cards!

  8. Wow, these are beautiful! I love the colour combinations you chose. Your blending technique is flawless.

  9. I love dry embossing, but have never using anything other than the plastic embossing folders. I really want to try the metal texture plates – I just love the look it gave you with these cards. I’ve just recently tried applying ink with brushes rather than foam applicators an love the softness and blending they provide. I MUST have these double ended ones!!!

    Thanks so much Vicky for the inspiration.

  10. Just love the colors on the backgrounds, I have never thought to use my brushes with the oxide inks. Thanks so much for posting and the embossing plate is just awesome.

  11. Beautiful cards using one of my favorite techniques, ink blending with brushes and oxide inks. That impression plate is stunning. Thanks Vicki!

  12. Vicki, you are amazing! I love the fact that you did ink blending over an embossed background and find myself wondering why I didn’t think of that! Thank you for sharing your talents!

  13. Wow the embossed texture plate is amazing! Works so brilliantly with the ink blending. Thankyou for sharing, your cards are stunning!

  14. The Embossing Texture Plate is lovely! Thank you showing how to use it! I love the ink blending you did on the embossed cardstock. Beautiful cards.

  15. I’m so very excited with the new witch’s hat and die set. I just ordered them and a few other stamps. Can’t wait to get them.

  16. I love this texture plate! Just thinking of all the possibilities makes me dizzy and, of course, I get all my inspiration from you, Vicky! Very anxious to order the blender brush now that I’ve seen you use it with the Distress Inks. So glad you were part of this blog hop! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Just beautiful cards. I absolutely love ink bkending and think it is so pretty. I have some Nuvo brushed and they seem to produce scratchy results but yours is lovely. Guess I need to practice!

  18. I love the texture plate and stamps too. Vicky, you have made such beautiful cards…simplicity at its best, thanks for sharing. Thanks for the opportunity to win….I have my fingers crossed. Good luck to everyone x

  19. Gergeous as always and truly inspiring. I so enjoy watching all your YouTube posts. You are so talented and inspiring!

  20. Hi Vicky! You make the most beautiful cards! I am new to card making and looking for information on what to buy to start making cards. Do you have any tips or ideas?

  21. The embossing plate makes great backgrounds. I like how you finished the cards with large dies and embossed sentiments. Beautiful cards, Vicky.

  22. I have never seen a embossing plate before. It really it a different look than a folder. Love the way you used oxide inks to bring the design out.

  23. I was unsure of the Texture plates , but after seeing this I will put them on my need list. I also want the brushes. TFS.

  24. These are beautiful. Great description of what the plates do differently from folders….. but now I want it! Lol

  25. The embossing plate is so cool!!! I think I need to get one of those.
    Your cards are so amazing. You give me great inspiration.
    Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.

  26. I love your videos! Just getting started with embossing plates. This will be the first year I attempt to make my own Christmas cards.

  27. Wow! The subtle detail that metal plate gives is wonderful & the colours you blended on top are so very pretty. Those Tonic brushes look like a good investment & it’s a great idea having them double ended. Thanks for your inspiring video. Much appreciated.

  28. I love the texture plate! The inking brushes look so cool used on the embossed panels. Now I need them! Thanks for sharing!

  29. I’m a huge fan…love your videos! The texture plate is really a cool addition for crafters. I really love your finished cards…the subtle texture enhanced with the distress blending. The background with an added sentiment makes the perfect final project. Beautiful. Thanks so much.

  30. Gorgeous! I really am fasinated with the metal plate/embossing plate and your cards were simple, but elegant!

  31. As always, you made fantastic cards! I really like the use of this plate and of course the sentiments you used!

  32. I have just become “addicted” to embossing folders, plates! These cards are great inspiration for someone like me who is new to cardmaking. LOVE your videos!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  33. Hi Vicky, excellent way to use the new products, I feel I’m falling in love with the embossing plates, I loved your cards.

  34. The embossing plates are definitely my favorite in this release !! Thank you for the inspiration ! I
    Wish I will be the lucky one!

  35. I’ve never seen a embossing plate. Will order it on my next order for sure. Thanks for sharing your lovely card.

  36. Hi, Vicky. Beautiful cards and inspiration, as always. I’m really loving that texture plate. Another item from this release that i have to add to my wish list. hopping on and then will check out your video. 🙂

  37. Loving your use of Distress Oxides! Keep sharing your lovely work with us all Vicky! It’s fantastic!

  38. Thank you for showing the Embossing Plates. I have not seen those before and I would love to try them out. Your cards using the plates are outstanding; their colours beautiful.

  39. These cards are beautiful. I have enjoyed your videos on YouTube – and look forward to many more! Thank you for all of your beautiful inspiration!

  40. Oh, how those embossing plates have captured my heart! Thank you for the array of gorgeous showcases! So many possibilities with these…

  41. I have never used an embossing plate so this will be a great new product to try out.
    I love how fast and easy it is to get a gorgeous result. Thanks for sharing Vicki

  42. Vicky love that you focused on the background. Simple but very elegant! Those brushes really make the blending more smooth looking. ?

  43. Absolutely stunning cards – love the contrast of the embossing and the ink, it’s just gorgeous! And the bold black and white sentiments are perfect – thanks so much for sharing!

  44. Thank you so much for showing the embossing plate technique. I’ve never used one, but this is gorgeous. I love these cards.

  45. Very beautiful cards! I also use brushes to blend as I had a hard time with the round blending tools. Thank you for sharing!

  46. Beautiful cards! I have the background stamp that matches this embossing plate. I love ink blending as a coloring medium! Thanks for the video! Fantastic blog hop for Stamptember! Loving all the talent and inspiration here! Thanks for sharing yours!

  47. Love your cards. They are beautiful! I love using the brushes to create colorful backgrounds! The texture plate is a really pretty design and I love your color choices.

  48. Always love everything you do. I would have thought you needed to blend the color on the card stock first and then emboss. Learned something new!

  49. Beautiful cards. Thanks for showing the embossing plate. I recently ordered the Nuvo brushes after seeing them on one of your posts (for embellishment mousse). Will try them with my Distress inks. If I win, I want to order some oxide inks.

  50. I’m away from home and internet doesn’t support watching videos. I can’t wait to get home so I can watch this–your cards look amazing. Hooray for Stamptember!

  51. Thank you Vicky for sharing your stunning cards. The brushes and metal plate will be great additions to my card making supplies.

  52. How did I miss this embossing plate when I first looked at the release? Thanks for showcasing it and your beautiful colour combinations. 🙂

  53. Thank you for showing how the embossing plate works. It is beautiful for the backgrounds. I also love those blending brushes!! I don’t know how I’ve missed seeing them in use before but I really love them!

  54. You’re right, sometimes CAS cards are beautiful because they are simple. It makes the technique stand out even more I think.

  55. I think I will try the brushes; it looks like a much easier way to get a successful blend with the Distress ink.

  56. Thank you for the recommendation about that blending brush. I loved how your cards look when finished. Also liked how you backed your words with black card stock for a shadow look!

  57. These cards are beautiful. I have never seen the blender brushes used so that was good to see. Thanks for the video.

  58. Those are so beautiful! You always make beautiful look so easy! I’m loving those Nuvo brushes, and that texture plate is a must have! (Although I also need the sissix foldaway, that sadly, isn’t available in the US…yet. Thank you for sharing.

  59. The design, color choices, and sentiments are all wonderful. I really like the technique of using the brushes in place of the sponge applicators. It is a much softer look and the blending seems so much easier. Thank you for sharing this idea and for the inspiration of ” simple is beautiful.”

  60. I love the soft blending you achieved with the brushes! The new texture plate is a beautiful pattern–very versatile for many occasions. Thank you for sharing with us!

  61. Lovely cards you created with the embossing texture plate and gorgeous colours brushed on. Such an easy way to create beautiful cards in a quick way. Such fun!

  62. Thank you for explaining the difference between those embossing plates and the folders. I have been wondering about that. Your cards are so lovely.

  63. Wow, a quick and easy 3 cards with the neat embossing plate which are so pretty, and different inks,—– as usual you made it look ever so easy–thanks for showing and sharing.

  64. After watching your video the texture plate is on my wish list. I liked your color combinations and the cards turned out lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  65. Wow – I always love following your videos, but I especially enjoyed this one. Of all the products shown in the release video, I thought I DIDN’T need the embossing plate. Boy, was I wrong! What a quick and easy way to make GORGEOUS cards! Thanks for sharing!

  66. Hello, I don’t have any stamps or ink and would love to start with simon says stamp! I want to start learning how to stamp,

  67. I was wondering if anyone was going to use the texture embossing plate and am so glad you did. Your colors are so vibrant. Love how beautiful your cards turned out too.

  68. Great cards as usual Vicky! I just received some brushes so I’m anxious to try them using this technique. I’m a big fan of your YouTube channel & love your art journal pages! Thanks for the inspiration!

  69. Love your cards and the technique. I’m not good doing water so this is a way better way for me to color backgrounds.

  70. I love how the backgrounds give such a new look just by changing the colors i enjoyed the process and the color combos many blessings

  71. I always love everything you make, Vicky, but these cards are STUNNING! I love the inking you did as well as the new SSS products! The embossing plate is simply beautiful!

  72. I’ve not seen an embossing plate. Has to be the fastest way to make a card. That one was really pretty. Nor have I seen those brushes. Great way to spread color. Thank you

  73. So bummed that I missed these embossing plates when I placed my order! These cards are so gorgeous and are right up my ally. I wish there was a plate with more of a wintry design or snowflake design. I’d be able to crank out so many cards for the card drive! Thanks so much for sharing.

  74. What beautiful colors on the cards! Your blending technique with the brushes is the same one I use, in fact, it’s the only way I can get a good blend. Your colors and the texture plate makes each card a beauty.

  75. I think these new plates will really take off. I like to texture they create and all the colors you used are just fantastic

  76. This plate made such a pretty card. I love how you blended the oxide inks. So colorful. You always make such beautiful cards. TFS.

  77. I really like what you can do with those embossing plates. Your cards are beautiful and the colors are so pretty. Thank you so much for your inspiration!

  78. All the cards you make are so pretty. Love your creativity and the way you explain everything step by step. Makes it seem super easy.

  79. I’ve not ever used an embossing plate, can’t wait to get my hands on one. Your cards are really lovely, thanks for sharing your creativity!

  80. Thanks for showing us the textured embossing plate. This is the first one of these I’ve seen. Looks very interesting to me.

  81. I have never used an embossing plate before. Your video gives me the impetus to try. Your cards are colorful and beautiful!

  82. Thank you Vicky! What lovely cards. That metal embossing plate looks fantastic, the new thing I suppose? I hope we see more of these plates, they give such a nice crisp emboss.

  83. I LOVE the embossing plate! It’s so cool! It’s subtle and elegant! I also really want to find those brushes! They are terrific! It looks so much quicker! Beautiful cards and I can totally DO THIS!!! Thanks for sharing!

  84. What a cool look and effect, Vicki! I love the colors you used and now I think I must add an embossing plate to my order. 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration today!

  85. These are beautiful. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen embossing plates, instead of folders. Thanks so much for sharing. ???

  86. Wow! These are so simple and so beautiful. I’m loving that metal embossing plate and those brushes, too. Thank you so much for sharing.

  87. I’m so conflicted, I don’t know what to purchase! It’s all so wonderful! This embossing folder is so versitle that I think it’s going to be on the top of my list! Well done!

  88. Your use of the embossing plate is fabulous! I love the colors and the finished look of it. Then there are those brushes. I gotta get some. Sometimes I feel like I waste so much of my ink when applying the ink in other ways. Thanks for sharing! They’re beautiful.

  89. Vicky, your cards are beautiful, as always! I also love that you had a video to show all your steps. SSS always has a great release, don’t they?!

  90. These cards are absolutely gorgeous! I love the color combinations and ink blending you did! Thank you for sharing!

  91. Vicky, these cards are CRAZY GORGEOUS! Thanks for the tip on using the brushes for a more subtle effect with blending the oxide inks.

  92. Am in love with your skills at showing us yet another way to use these new releases!! Am now wanting that texture plate and those Nuvo brushes! Unfortunately they are out of stock right now!! Loved your beautiful cards with such fabulous sentiments!

  93. Wow – those cards are beautiful. The backgrounds are so lovely and colourful. The sentiment die cuts stand out so wonderfully, in the bright white and black shadow. Gorgeous!

  94. Lovely Colour Blending on your cards. I have some of those brushes which I bought to use with Tonic mousse – I’ve never thought to use them with ink!
    You Got This is my favourite stamp set from this release

  95. Wow! That embossing plate looks incredible! You make it look so effortless to create something so eye-catching and special. Love your vidoes, they are a must-watch.

  96. Stunning cards. The color blending is fantastic. Thanks for showing how to accomplish this with the Nuvo brushes.

  97. Amazing detail and incredibly beautiful for what is technically a very simple card. Thanks for the inspiration!

  98. Hi Vicky, Lovely and beautiful cards with the embossing plate, that is such a lovely design and very nice in print on the card stock, TFS, Cheers Anna.

  99. Hi Vicky,
    I am looking forward to trying this new technique. You have given me much inspiration, and I am especially grateful that these cards are so clean and elegant. I also love the shadow you created with the words, I am going to try this out on my next card.
    Take care

  100. These are beautiful cards! That background is lovely and your colors are wonderful. Thanks for your awesome video!!

  101. Vicky, I love your different cards. It’s amazing how much color can change the looks of a card. Thanks for your tip on using the brush for blending.

  102. I love this. I’m so happy I took time to watch your video, I had no idea how easy this could be! I’m now fascinated and must buy a brush for my Distress Oxides! Beautiful cards, thanks for the inspiration!

  103. Love your cards they are simple yet elegant . I have never used a embossing texture plate but now you have got me very interested in them. thanks for the inspiration.

  104. Thanks for this wonderful inspiration!! I ordered this embossing plate and now I cannot wait to get it and start using it!!!

  105. Such wonderful colors in the backgrounds and the embossing folder is so gorgeous. So fun to watch you create those cards.

  106. Gorgeous! And thanks for the tip on the Nuvo brushes, I had been wanting some that I could use for ink but the Clarity set is out of my price range.

  107. I love the soft shading you got using the oxide inks – that embossing plate is really AMAZING! Beautiful cards, Vicky!

  108. Absolutely stunning. You said the cards are simple in your videos – I agree they are simple to make, but they are beautiful. Totally wow!!

  109. Vicky I have been following you for a while now and just love how you can make such stunning cards by keeping things clean and simple I wait eagerly for your posts every week to see what you have been up to and am always blown away ! Can’t wait to try these cards out for myself !

  110. I love your cards. The color combo’s are gorgeous and the texture plate really adds to the card. I love the die cut greeting with the pop of black for the sentiment.

  111. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Such lovely cards and the oxide colors are beautiful! I cannot wait to get the new colors!

  112. I really wasn’t sure about this cover plate… and then I saw your cards! They really are gorgeous, I love all three colour combinations! So beautiful and they really make the cover plate shine. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

  113. Thank you Vicky,
    Another super video tutorial. The cards are beautiful and you can never go wrong with rainbow colours.

  114. I’ve never been one to add a lot of texture to my cards. It makes them difficult and expensive to mail so the subtle texture is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing.

  115. I absolutely love your softly blended cards. Beautiful background. Thanks for showing us how to use a textured plate. I’ve never used one and this one is beautiful.

  116. I loved watching your video to see several items I’ve never seen or used before. The thin metal plate looks like a wonderful investment and something I’d enjoy trying. Also those brushes leave such a nice soft finish. Great cards – thank so much for sharing.

  117. Gorgeous cards! I’m so glad you showed how to use the embossing plate. I don’t think I would have given it a second glance but now I can’t wait to try it out! It does such a beautiful job!

  118. Vicky, I love the cards, texture plates, stamps and dies too, they all go so well. The cards are simple and very beautiful. You are such an inspiration, thanks a lot for sharing.

  119. Beautiful cards! I love the softness of your colors from using the brushes. Thank you for showing how easy it is to use the plate.

  120. I was wondering what the embossing plate was, so thank you for the demonstration! The colors you chose blend beautifully together, and the brushes did the trick. I guess I’m going to order some of those! Thank you for the great video!

  121. These are so gorgeous! I, too, would have passed the embossing plate right by. Now that I’ve seen one in action, I think I will be purchasing them in the future!

  122. This embossing plate is on my wish list, but didn’t make the first order. I’m sort of sad about that after seeing what you’ve created using it! Oh, well, there’s always tomorrow (literally, since the first exclusive partnership set will be introduced). Thanks a bunch!

  123. These cards are beautiful, Vicky! I love the color combinations with the white sentiment and a pop of black – so striking! Thanks for showing us the embossing plate – it makes a beautiful and quick bg.

  124. I just love your work. You always come up with some innovative ideas inspiring me to “push the boat out” and get out of my comfort zone. Thanks for these latest ideas. Just love the cards, and so straightforward to make.

  125. Great cards, with a beautiful background and a great focal point with the bold words and the sentiment.
    Greetings from Belgium.

  126. Love these subtle looks.
    Have to get me some of those amazing brushes.
    Thanks for sharing such adorable cards.
    T xx

  127. Love these Vicky! So beautiful and different. I need those brushes because I do have a problem with circle marks. Thanks for the solution and inspiration.

  128. Great cards Vicky! I love the light blending with the brushes. I definitely have the circular marks with the blending tool, so these brushes are definitely a must try for me.

  129. I love the embossing plate and how beautiful your cards turned out. I’m certainly going to give this a try at home. Thanks for sharing!

  130. Stunning cards!! Love all the color and the design is so elegant. The white sentiments really pop off the background.