Embossing adds a beautiful touch to your projects, but if you’re unfamiliar with this technique it can be a little confusing. I hope to clear some things. First, the two main technique terms you will hear are heat embossing and dry embossing. On this post I’ll be talking about dry embossing. Dry embossing puts a raised design onto your paper. You need an embossing folder and a Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine® (or something similar. ) There are two kinds of embossing folders. The first is a regular one which will simply be called an Embossing Folder and the other is called a 3D Embossing Folder. So what’s the difference?
A regular embossing folder raises the design at only one level. The example shows the Checks and Dots Embossing Folders.
A 3D embossing folder raises the level at various heights making the finished papermore detailed and interesting. Cardstock is usually the best paper to use. The sample shows the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder.
All embossing folders need a Stampin Cut and Emboss Machine. There are 2 sizes. The smaller one is good for travel, but you are limited to which folders you can use. The larger one is perfect for background pieces.
The regular embossing folder and the 3D embossing folder each uses two different “sandwich methods”. This term simply means how you layer the plates, folder and paper before you roll it through the machine. I will add pictures to demonstrate both later. (Please forgive me. I’m on vacation and the pictures I took aren’t focused enough.)
Here are some of my favorite embossing folders.