Cool technique - emboss the card, leave in embossing folder and use crayon to cover all embossed spots with crayon, then use ink(s) to add color to rest of card. Crayon will not take up ink. Search for Crayon Embossing will take you to the page.
cover the entire cutting surface of the die with wide packing tape and leave it on permanently. Run your die sandwich through your die cutting machine. NO pieces of cardstock stick in the die - saving you time picking out all the little "left behinds.