5 Embossing Folder Tips

Below are 5 tips to ensure you get the most out of your Stampin’ Up! embossing folders

#1 WHICH EMBOSSING FOLDER TYPE AM I USING? 
There are 3 types of folders that have been offered by Stampin’ Up!  It is helpful to know what type of folder you have so you know what type of sandwich you will need. 

  • TYPE 1 3D Embossing Folders (Current)
    Approximately 1/8″ Total Thickness
  • TYPE 2 Standard Embossing Folders (Current)
    Approximately 1/16″ Total Thickness
  • TYPE 3 Dynamic Embossing Folders (Retired, June 2019)
    Approximately 3/16″ Total Thickness (*Sizzix Branded THICK Folder)

#2 BUILDING THE PROPER SANDWICH
Each type of embossing folder requires a different sandwich when passing through a die-cutting and embossing machine.   

  • TYPE 1 3D Embossing Folders
    Top – 3D Embossing Folder Plate 
    Middle – 3D Embossing Folder 1/8″ Thick
    Bottom – Standard Platform
    –OR–
    Top – Standard Cutting Plate
    Middle – Shim of Cardstock or Similar Approx 1/16″ Thick
    Middle – 3D Embossing Folder 1/8″ Thick
    Bottom – Standard Platform
  • TYPE 2 Standard Embossing Folders
    Top – Standard Cutting Plate
    Middle – Standard Embossing Folder 1/16″ Thick
    Middle – Standard Cutting Plate
    Bottom – Standard Platform
  • TYPE 3 Dynamic Embossing Folders 
    Top – Standard Cutting Plate
    Middle – Dynamic Embossing Folder 3/16″ Thick
    Bottom – Standard Platform


#3 THE 3D PLATE MAKES IT EASY

The new 3D Embossing Folder Plate (Item 149658) makes up the difference in measurement between our old-style Dynamic Folders (Type 3 Above) & our new-style 3D Folders in 21 mm gap machines (similar to the machine we used to offer).

The 3D Embossing Folder Plate replaces the Standard Cutting Pads in your 3D embossing folder sandwich for continued high-quality emboss results.

The 3D Embossing Folder Plate is sturdy like your platform base.  It doesn’t show wear and will rarely, if ever, need to be replaced. Definitely worth the investment!

#4 REPLACEMENT CUTTING PLATES ARE AVAILABLE
I dedicate a plate just for embossing.  This keeps them flat longer & no “cut” line transfers like you typically get on plates used for dies.

The Cutting Plates have beveled edges so they’re easier to feed into the machine & are made of high-quality polycarbonate.

#5 LIGHTLY SPRITZ YOUR CARDSTOCK WITH WATER
Give your card stock a little spritz of water prior to running it through a die-cutting & embossing machine tucked inside an embossing folder.  This helps soften the card stock fibers & allows the embossing folder to do its job even better.  

The Stampin’ Spritzers come in a pack of 2. Keep one on hand for water & use the other to add colour to your projects.

Below is a current list of 3D Embossing Folders that Stampin’ Up! has released. 
It would be most beneficial to pair up with the 3D Embossing Folder Plate prior to zipping them through your embossing machine.  

NOTE– Some of these embossing folders were previously released as a Dynamic Folder.  You can measure the thickness or check for the Sizzix logo to determine which embossing folder type you have. 

  • Absolutely Argyle 3D Embossing Folder – 151590 
  • Basket Weave 3D Embossing Folder – 151797 (NOTE: Was also available as a Dynamic Folder) 
  • Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder – 149643   
  • Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder – 151503 
  • Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder – 151811 (NOTE: Was also available as a Dynamic Folder) 
  • Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder – 151823 (NOTE: Was also available as a Dynamic Folder) 
  • Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder – 150646 
  • Heirloom Frames Dies And 3D Embossing Folder – 152325 
  • High Seas 3D Embossing Folder – 149577 
  • Lace 3D Embossing Folder – 151815 (NOTE: Was also available as a Dynamic Folder) 
  • Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder – 152321 (NOTE: Was also available as a Dynamic Folder) 
  • Magnolia 3D Embossing Folder – 149579 
  • Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder – 149575 
  • Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder – 151474 
  • Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder – 152320 (NOTE: Was also available as a Dynamic Folder) 
  • Scripty 3D Embossing Folder – 149634 
  • Seasonal Wreath 3D Embossing Folder – 151796 (NOTE: Was also available as a Dynamic Folder) 
  • Subtle 3D Embossing Folder – 151775 (NOTE: Was also available as a Dynamic Folder) 
  • Tin Tile 3D Embossing Folder – 151801 (NOTE: Was also available as a Dynamic Folder) 
  • Tufted 3D Embossing Folder – 151785 (NOTE: Was also available as a Dynamic Folder) 
  • Winter Knit 3D Embossing Folder – 150645 (Retired)

About SimpleStamping

My name is Jill Loveland & I have been an independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the Seattle area since 2010. I joined in 2010 during Sale-a-bration & have been hooked since. I love how the Stampin' Up! products coordinate from ink, paper to dies & embellishments. The quality of Stampin' Up! is the best in the paper crafting industry. I love to share my joy for card making & paper crafts with others. I hope you enjoy my blog & will visit often.
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