Initially we looked at how we emboss by hand using embossing tools and stencils. Here you push the card gently through the stencil with ball tools, starting with the biggest and being careful not to go through the card.
You can use brass/metal stencils or plastic ones. We even had a go using the embossing folders (which are essentially for use in a die cutting/embossing machine) and they worked a treat.
We looked at folders which come with specific dies and most recently you can get folders which cut and emboss at the same time. e.g the butterflies. We also looked at how you can colour your images using chalks and/or inks.
Finally we saw how to emboss a frame using special cut-out plates in your machine. The plates I used are Tim Holtz Diffusers but you can also get some called Easy Frames by Darice.
Here's a great blog post showing the double embossing technique using the Tim Holtz Diffuser Plates.