My biggest problem was making the homemade embossing diffuser. If I could have gotten that right, these cards may have turned out better! I used two pieces of chipboard and still got a little bit of embossing where it was supposed to be omitted. Then I tried a third piece of chipboard but then my embossing was not crisp and clean. Hmmmmm...at least I tried, right?!
This was my first attempt, but you can't even see the embossing in the photo!
This was my second attempt. After going back and looking at the sample card again, I realized that it was done on white card stock and then inked to make the embossing stand out more.
embossing folder - Cuttlebug swiss dots
stamp - Hero Arts Essential Messages
red ink - Tim Holtz Distress Inks fired brick
ribbon on both cards - Really Reasonable Ribbon