What Is an Embossing Folder?

by Richelle NaegleCricut Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Have you ventured out and tried paper embossing yet? If you haven’t you’re not alone, the biggest reason I hear for people not wanting to start embossing is they feel intimated about it, not sure how it works, or thinks that it will add so much time extra time. Today we are going to tell you what embossing is and show you how easy it is.

Paper embossing is the process of creating a raised image or design on your paper, cardstock or other materials. This is process is easily accomplished by placing your paper, cardstock or other media inside an embossing folder and rolling it through an embossing machine. Your paper will have the embossed “raised” image on one side and the debossed “depressed” image on the other.

What Do You Need to Emboss?

Embossing folders

What is an embossing folders? Embossing folders are made of hard plastic, which has a front and a back side, with some sort of design on the inside. One side of the folder has the design raised and the other side is depressed, so that when pressed together, the designs fit in to each other, thus leaving the design on your paper. We carry a large selection of embossing folders including some from your favorite designers such as Teresa Collins eBosser edition folders, and Anna Griffin embossing folders.

 Embossing Machine

Cricut Cuttlebug A PlateThere are a few different embossing machines on the market today, such as the Cricut Cuttlebug, the Cut’N’Boss from Craftwell, and the Big Shot by Sizzix. For paper embossing you will accomplish the same results no matter which machine you use. The biggest difference in the machines is the size they can emboss as well as some are manual hand crank machine like the Cuttlebug or an automated system like the eBosser.  So when choosing which embossing machine is for you need to decide what feature is most important to you.

How Do You Use the Cricut Cuttlebug to Emboss?

Each embossing machine will come with everything you need to get started, but if you’re like me you will defiantly want additional embossing folders. So to get started you will have various plates. With the Cuttlebug you will receive one “A” plate, this plate is thick and white, it gives the bulk to your Cuttlebug “sandwich”

 Cricut Cuttlebug B PlatesThen you get two “B” plates these are thinner and clear these plates go around your embossing folder allowing your paper to hold securely in place, and then of course your embossing folder.

A Cuttlebug “sandwich” as it is referred to because embossing is as simple as building a sandwich. If you are using a Cuttlebug embossing folder the “sandwich” is

A plate

B plate

Embossing folder (with paper or cardstock inside)

B Plate

Cricut Cuttlebug SandwichThen simply run the “sandwich” through your Cuttlebug and when you take your paper out you have a beautifully embossed paper.

That’s it in as quickly and easily as it is to build a sandwich you can give your paper dimension and pizzazz! Here at CraftDirect.com we offer a full line of embossing folders at great prices. You are sure to find an embossing folder or 3 that you will have to have as well as a few that you really want.