Dry embossing, such as with an embossing folder, gives a really classy touch to your card, your scrapbook page or even your latest gift box! Back in the “old days” (June 2009) we’d use a stylus and a brass template with some sort of lightbox to do dry embossing. It was easy to tear as you traced and it took a lot of time to get a few flowers or butterflies on a card front. Only the really patient embossed envelope flaps!
Then came Embossing Folders, such as Textured Impressions™. You just insert your card stock in the folder and roll it through an embossing machine like the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439)… and there you are! A fully embossed card front in seconds! It takes longer to pick the color than to emboss!! I described the technique in my article, Easy Elegance with Embossed Envelopes, but I’m updating some of the information and tips here.
The embossing folders make it easy to emboss envelope flaps, as well. You can emboss the whole envelope, but the paper may tear and won’t hold up as well to mailing. The envelope flap works very well when it’s embossed, but you want to try and keep the embossing as shallow as you can. The paper stretches when you dry emboss, so keeping the stretch to a minimum helps the paper keep its strength.
The same technique works for card fronts, too. Card stock holds up better than envelope paper as it’s heavier. To emboss with the folder, wrap the envelope or card base around the edge of the folder with the part to be embossed on the inside. If you want an embossed pattern, make sure the front of the flap or card is facing the design with the depressions on it. If they face the raised design, your card or flap will be debossed.
My example uses the new wider (6” x 6-1/4”) Fluttering Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder. You can wrap your envelope or card base around the end and the pattern will appear in the right direction. Your card base will be top-fold with the pattern across the front. If you want a side fold card, there is room to wrap your card base around the side edge. The pattern will also appear in the correct direction. The envelope flap in this position will have sideways butterflies. It still takes seconds as opposed to the old Dry Embossing methods!
For the best results: place your wrapped envelope or card between the Standard Cutting Pads (113475). Make sure the outside of the envelope or card base is against an unmarked Cutting Pad. Otherwise, any cut marks will transfer. I keep a separate cutting pad for embossing envelopes and card fronts, just to be safe.
Use the Multipurpose Platform that came with your Big Shot and flip away all the tabs. The illustrations on the platform show Tab 1 for Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders, but if you look underneath it, you’ll see that you use no tabs for embossing envelopes and card fronts… or whatever you need to wrap around the folder.
So, to summarize, when embossing envelope flaps or card fronts, use unmarked cutting pads and the platform with no tabs! You’ll get a classy touch every time!
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