thanks guys for the helpful hints... i don't have a brayer (sp) so might have to go and buy one and try that. in the meantime, i'll try running the ink pad over the dry embossing whilst still in the folder and also using the anti static pillow thingy (lol) before dry embossing.
seems everyone swears by the versamark inkpad...so will pick up one of those too if i can find a supplier in sydney. i did notice that my ranger inkpad was extremely "wet" to the point it leaked in the bag on the way home?? are they meant to be that wet??
again, thanks for your help and advice xx