All About Embossing Folders: Elevating Your Paper Crafting Game

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If you’re a paper crafter, you’re likely familiar with embossing and how it can add texture and dimension to your projects. But have you tried using an embossing folder? This tool can take your paper crafting game to the next level, and in this blog post, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about embossing folders.

What is an Embossing Folder?

An embossing folder is a plastic folder that has a raised design on one side and a flat surface on the other. It’s used to create a raised impression on paper or cardstock when pressure is applied to it. To use an embossing folder, you simply place your paper or cardstock inside the folder and run it through a die-cutting machine. The pressure from the machine pushes the paper into the raised design on the folder, creating a three-dimensional impression.

Types of Embossing Folders

There are two main types of embossing folders: traditional and 3D. Traditional embossing folders create a single-level raised impression on your paper or cardstock. 3D embossing folders, on the other hand, create a more detailed and intricate impression that can add even more texture and dimension to your projects. Some 3D embossing folders even have multiple levels of depth, creating a truly impressive effect.

Tips for Using Embossing Folders

To get the most out of your embossing folders, there are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Experiment with different types of paper and cardstock to see how they react to embossing.
  • Use a shim if necessary to get a deeper impression.
  • Use a light touch when applying ink to your embossing folder to avoid getting ink in the crevices of the design.
  • Use a bone folder or other tool to help release your paper from the folder without damaging the impression.


Embossing folders are a versatile and fun tool that can elevate your paper crafting game. Whether you’re making cards, scrapbook pages, or other paper crafts, an embossing folder can add texture and dimension to your projects. Experiment with different types of folders and techniques to see what works best for you, and let your creativity run wild!

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