How To Emboss Paper

Welcome to Part 5 of my series introducing you to the Stampin Cut And Emboss Machine. I have been having a wonderful time using this new machine, and I wanted to take the opportunity to teach you all about the two things this machine is great at – die cutting and embossing. Today we will discuss embossing and in my next post I’ll cover die cutting in detail. Embossing is an amazing technique that still delights my heart when I used it on projects, even though I’ve been doing it for years. Let’s get started and talk about how to emboss paper!

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Video Overview

If you want to cut to the chase and learn about embossing using my video tutorial, take a look at this video…

…or keep reading for more info!

What Is Embossing?

Embossing is a beautiful technique often used in papercrafting, which involves raising certain portions of the paper vertically to create texture in a particular design.

Learn how to dry emboss paper! This is part 5 of my introduction to the Stampin Cut And Emboss Machine, an amazing tool from Stampin Up.

To clarify, this procedure is known as dry embossing. Heat embossing is a different technique used for card making that I will discuss in a different post.

Supplies Needed

When discussing how to emboss paper, we need to mention the supplies we will use, which include the Stampin Cut And Emboss Machine, embossing folders, and paper.

Learn how to dry emboss paper! This is part 5 of my introduction to the Stampin Cut And Emboss Machine, an amazing tool from Stampin Up.

Embossing Folders

Embossing folders are plastic ‘folders’ that open up to reveal a textured pattern on the inside. One side of the folder will have a raised pattern, and the other side will have a mirror image of the pattern recessed into the surface, as you can see in the photo below.

Learn how to dry emboss paper! This is part 5 of my introduction to the Stampin Cut And Emboss Machine, an amazing tool from Stampin Up.

By placing a piece of paper into the folder, closing it, and running it through the machine, the pattern will be imprinted into the paper.

Stampin Up offers standard embossing folders as well as 3D folders, which are thicker and give a more dynamic impression.

Learn how to dry emboss paper! This is part 5 of my introduction to the Stampin Cut And Emboss Machine, an amazing tool from Stampin Up.

Instructions

Let’s talk about how to do this beautiful technique! The Stampin Cut And Emboss Machine includes plates that will need to be arranged in a particular order, and then cranked through the machine. The base plate, shown below, includes diagrams to explain how to stack up the correct plates.

Learn how to dry emboss paper! This is part 5 of my introduction to the Stampin Cut And Emboss Machine, an amazing tool from Stampin Up.

Standard Embossing Folders

Build your ‘sandwich’ to run through your machine from the bottom up:

  • Base Plate 1
  • Clear Plate 3
  • Embossing folder with paper inside, laying with the hinge at the top.
  • Clear Plate 3

Align the plates, crank them through the machine, and then remove the paper to see your beautiful results!

3D Folders

Build your ‘sandwich’ to run through your machine from the bottom up:

  • Base Plate 1
  • Embossing folder with paper inside, laying with the hinge at the top.
  • Specialty Plate 4

Learn how to dry emboss paper! This is part 5 of my introduction to the Stampin Cut And Emboss Machine, an amazing tool from Stampin Up.

Align the plates, crank them through the machine, and then remove the paper to see your beautiful results!

Learn how to dry emboss paper! This is part 5 of my introduction to the Stampin Cut And Emboss Machine, an amazing tool from Stampin Up.

Ways To Use On Projects

Embossing can be used on card backgrounds, the card base itself, small portions of the card, or…

Learn how to dry emboss paper! This is part 5 of my introduction to the Stampin Cut And Emboss Machine, an amazing tool from Stampin Up.

…even on the envelope! Make sure to watch the video, because I show how to emboss your card base and the envelope flap!

Learn how to dry emboss paper! This is part 5 of my introduction to the Stampin Cut And Emboss Machine, an amazing tool from Stampin Up.

Thanks for joining in today to discuss how to emboss paper. Stop back for my next post when I’ll be talking all about die cutting!

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