Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders work with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) to create a nice, deep texture for layering on card stock. They are Card-Maker size and ideal for backgrounds.
The Folders work best for background layers if you cut the layer to size first. The embossing process thins and stretches out the card stock or paper a little, so cutting after embossing can cause tearing. The folder easily fits at 5-1/4” x 4” layer.
To emboss die-cuts or punch-outs, the process is similar. First, cut or punch out the shape, then insert it over the design area you want and emboss. You can do a number of these at one time, if you like, just make sure they create a single layer. If you have a particular design you want, hold the image in place with a removable/repositionable adhesive like Dotto® or Tombow Repositionable Mono Adhesive.
To emboss the patchwork or appliqué effect, insert your layer with the patches or appliqués attached. Use a light adhesive such as SNAIL (#104332). Emboss with the Big Shot, but without any tabs on the platform.
To emboss envelope flaps, insert the flap, being careful to make sure the embossed side shows on the outside, then wrap the envelope around the folder. Emboss without any tabs on the platform.
One issue that is tricky to resolve is embossing a single strip of card stock that is longer than 5-1/4”. It’s hard to do without creasing when you emboss with the Big Shot. The Big Shot is the only thing that gives enough pressure to emboss card stock and emboss it evenly. Thinner materials can be embossed by hand, but card stock needs camouflage to hide the creases. This method makes the creasing a little less obvious, but you may still want to cover up.
- Cut through the embossing folder crease with scissors, such as the Craft Scissors (#108360), leaving it attached about 1/4”.
- Line up your card stock or other material at the start of the pattern, align both covers of the folder and emboss with the Big Shot.
- Slide the strip through the cut and line up with the pattern. Align both covers of the folder and emboss with the Big Shot.
- Repeat for the length of the strip.
My example page shows two patterns of Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape (#129314) covering up the creases. I used the Arrows Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (#132178) to illustrate my theme of “Up With Spring” for the page. I also used scraps and leftovers to create it!
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