The blue paper is embossed with the dots and then embossed with the leaves and bird. For this technique you will need to choose two embossing folders. One should be a background folder (full coverage) and the other folder will need to be less busy because this will be your focal point.
You can see the two different images on the close up. A quick summary of the technique goes like this. You start by running your focal folder through your Sizzix and heat emboss the image using clear embossing powder. Once you've completed that you select your background folder and run your image back through your Sizzix (make sure you get the right side up). You'll end up with a double embossed focal point. Pretty cool eh? I thought it was pretty neat so I tried it myself. I'll add the complete step-by-step tutorial to my tutorial list located under the tutorial tab along with a video within the next couple of days.
This next card I did just because I needed to try out my new die I got from Happy Scrappy, who had a going out of business sale. She had all her merchandise prices at 45% below her original price. Deals like this are hard to pass up, so I had to add a few to my inventory (whether I needed it or not). I'm a mini-hoarder you see and at the moment I am really not worried that I might grow into a full hoarder (he he).
The die I used for this card has all these intricate flourishes with the word "Peace" spelled out in the center. You would think this was difficult to cut but using the metal adapter made it a cinch. I absolutely love that cuddle-hug metal adapter. If you don't have one (they are hard to find) I highly recommend you pick one up. Your most intricate dies will cut cleanly the first time.