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I am amazed at how many ways you can us an embossing folder. With that in mind, I thought I would show you some of my favorite ways to make embossing folder fun. My goal is that by the end of this blog, you can emboss like a pro too. 

I was planning to do a video but Mother Nature and her frequent thunderstorms, lights out and internet down had other ideas. But we got this!!

1- Not all embossing folders are created equal. And making your sandwich correctly is important too. 

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Stampin Up has more than one kind of embossing folder. This chart give you information on both.

Embossing like a pro, means making your impression work without killing your arms. If you are having a tough time getting it to run through the Big Shot….. Stop! It is a tight fit but should not be really hard to turn.  With a standard textured impressions embossing folder you will use 2 cutting pads, one on each side of the folder. But when you are working with 3D dynamic textured impressions embossing folder you only need one. 3d is a thicker embossing folder and creates a deeper impressions. 

Standard and 3D offer two sizes. One will fit a 6×6 card while the other fits a standard A4 (5 1/2 x 4 1/4). It will be necessary to make sure all to the material are inside the widest part of the Big Shot Platform. Otherwise, you will damage the sides of your embossing folder. 

2- Emboss like a pro when you double emboss. (computer still running on battery) woo hoo

Recently I made this double embossed card using a technique I learned when I was experimenting with embossing with framelits or die cuts. I used the oval framelits and the stitched shaped framelits. View all Framelits/Die Cuts here

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Double embossing can be done with 2 embossing folders, but I enjoy using die cuts and framelits to emboss.

Here is what it looked like when laid together. 

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To make this easier, be sure to use the Big Shot Embossing Mats.

The Big Shot Embossing Mats Order Embossing Mats Now  makes double embossing possible, and is a must when embossing with framelits or die cuts. This sandwich is made by using the standard platform, the framelits or die cuts with the cut facing up, your cards stock, the gray mat followed by the water plate that comes with the Big Shot Embossing Mats.  (I know the first several time I made this sandwich, I was sure it was going to cut my gray mat. I am thrilled to say it does wonderful.) Let’s take a look at what you should do next!

Using the oval layered die cuts, cut out 3 ovals from 3 pieces of chipped board. I have used the boards that come in Stampin UP designer series paper. I cut the boards to the same size of my card and cut the oval out in the same area I want the embossed area to be in. Here is what it looks like:

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In this picture notice that the card board protects the previously embossed area done by the framelits.

Once you have your card board cut, keep it to use again in the future. As a final step, this is placed inside the Tufted embossing folder. Tufted is a 3D embossing folder would only use 1 cutting plate, once you have added this thick card board to the inside a second embossing plate will not run through the Big Shot. I used the replacement platform and the adapter, putting the embossing folder and card board in the center. Works like a charm. 

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Pictured here is the embossing folder with the card stock and card board inside.

Allow me to point out one more great feature of this embossing folder. Placing the card stock straight is often an issue. Not any longer as Stampin’ Up has placed a line at the bottom of the folder. Simple line up your card stock with the black line. 

4- Embossing like a pro using foils:

Get ready for some great embossing fun with the holiday catalog launches on September 5th. First Stampin’ Up is going to add a new Black Foil Sheets (147898) and the other item coming is Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder (147906). I have put them together to give you a peak at just a little of the awesome new products coming September 5th. Request Your Holiday Catalog Now

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The new Country Home and Tin Tile Dynamic textured impression embossing folder

The Country Home stamp set is one of those sets you are going to love. Notice the black foil sheets have been embossed, then sanded with an emory board.  Enjoy the shine. 

I hope you have enjoyed this Wacky Wednesday. If you have questions or do not understand what I have done, please comment. I promise if you are having trouble, someone else it too. 

Come Join us on Sunday Sept 9th

You can see more of the Holiday Catalog products. We will have a BOGO sale. For every dollar of retired products (see our red and white table) you purchase, you will get equal amount FREE from a current catalog. FREE Yep FREE.

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Come Join the Open House for Stampin Up new Holiday catalog. 2018 Holidays are going to be awesome. Pick up your catalog and enjoy the big sales.

To emboss like a pro you are going to need the newest embossing folders. The 2018 Holiday Catalog has some awesome embossing folders. Spectacular stamps sets. Gorgeous designer series paper and Christmas for all ages. Have you requested your Holiday Catalog? Click Here

I love teach paper crafts and hold classes in my craft room in Raleigh NC. I would love to have you come and enjoy some of the classes during the holiday as we make Christmas Gifts. Here is a list of my upcoming classes.

Class Schedule:

Raleigh Scrapbook Enthusiast Retreat is Full and closed. Check us out for Feb 2019. 

September 6th Play with the Team. 

(For Demonstrator future and present)

Country Inn & Suites

210 Airgate Dr Morrisville, NC

Raleigh,  NC 

Play with the team is a chance for you to see what Paper Craft Team is all about. We are all Stampin’ Up demonstrators and get together to learn more about how to get the most out of our stamping passion. Some are hobbyist and others are growing their business. 

At some Play with the Team we do a little crafting but always see what others are doing in their craft room. Come check us out, you will be glad you did. Just tell the hostess you are there to see Elaine. 

September 11th, Card Class in Fuquay Varina

100 Dickens Rd, Fuquay Varina, NC

 Bagel Plus 

 100 Dickens Road

  Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526


It has been awhile since we have had a stamping class in the Fuquay Varina area. With so many new stamps set, new colors and great sales I would like to offer you a FREE one time class. RSVP by text to 252-414-8704 or email elaine@PaperCraftsbyElaine.com

Next class will be on Thursday, Sept 11th, at 6:30 pm 8:30 pm. 

No monthly obligation. 

First Class is Free, all other classes will be $25 or a $25 Stampin Up order. 

Sept 17th 6:30 pm Start those Christmas Projects

Are you one of those that kills yourself to finish your handmade Christmas projects the week of Christmas? Well let me help you get a jump on those projects. Starting August 21st, we are going to make a project a month. This first class is going to be a photo album. Bring pictures of your topic, family members, grandchildren, birthdays, or even last years Christmas pictures. The best part is all your supplies will be cut and ready for you to make your album. For best results, have your pictures pre-sized to 3”x 4”. Designer series paper will be universal so your embellishment will dictate the topic.   Please bring basic scrapbooking items: adhesive, trimmer, pop dots/dimensional, embellishment for your special topic. 

Album will be pre-made and ready to decorate.  Class fee is $35.

RSVP is a must by Sept 8th. 

September 21st 6:30 pm Elaine Craft room

It’s our monthly card class. Remember this class repeats on the 3rd Saturday. Please bring your basic paper tools; trimmer, adhesives, and your smile. RSVP today


September 22nd 1 pm Elaine Craft room

It’s our monthly card class. Remember this class repeats on the 3rd Saturday. Please bring your basic paper tools; trimmer, adhesives, and your smile. RSVP today.

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