So what is an embossing folder? Â My non-crafty friends think I’m speaking Greek when I use words like this! Â Embossing folders are made of hard plastic, have a front and a back, and have some sort of design on the inside. Â One side of the folder has the design recessed, and the other side of the folder has the design raised, so that when pressed together, the designs fit into each other.
When you place your paper, cardstock or other material inside the folder, and it is rolled through the embossing machine of choice, the pressure applied causes the textured design to be permanently impressed into your material. Â This leaves you with a very cool, raised (or recessed – depending on which side of the material you decide to use) design on your material.
In my experience, Sizzix makes fantastic, deep, detailed embossing folders. Â There are the regular “Textured Impressions,” and there are the “Texture Fades,” which are the ones designed by Tim Holtz. Â There are small, ATC-sized folders, called “Texture Trades,” and there are even some folders that have coordinating stamps.
So let me start by showing you some of the materials that Sizzix embossing folders are able to emboss.
Pretty impressive, right? Â I especially love that it embosses canvas and metal! Â And you can get some really cool icy, wintery effects using the plastic packaging.
The set sent by Sizzix, the “Lace” set, is a Textured Impressions set. Â Following the sandwich instructions for my Big Kick, I used one of the folders to emboss the edge of this card base, and the other folder to emboss a piece of cardstock for the front of the card. Â I used a bit of Distress Ink to ink over the raised portions on the card base, and I then heat embossed the raised portions of the pink cardstock to make it stand out even more. Â (Of note, the dried rose on the card was made with the Sizzix steel rule die, Tattered Pine Cone, designed by Tim Holtz, and the little banner piece was cut with the Sizzix Sizzlit die, Tattered Banners, also designed by Tim Holtz. Â I will be reviewing these Sizzix dies in a future post.)
Finally, I used a Texture Fade (Sizzix embossing folder designed by Tim Holtz) to try one last project. Â I wrapped adhesive foil, by Inkssentials around a manila shipping tag. Â I then embossed it with a Texture Fade. Â (I turned it a few times while embossing it.)
Then I used alcohol inks to color the tag in blocks. Â I thought I’d show you quickly how I color with my alcohol inks. Â I have an extra silicone mold, which I have dripped my alcohol inks into and let dry. Â Then I use a Letraset PromarkerÂ blender pen to pick up the color, which allows me to color with any of my colors. Â When I’m done with a color, I simply scribble a bit until the color is gone, and move on to the next color!
You can see further details for the actual process used on this post and this post. Â You can see the nice, deep impressions achieved, even through both the metal and the manila tag, and how nicely the impressions stood up to coloring and sanding! Â I love this tag!
Sizzix embossing folders are incredibly versatile and can be used in virtually any kind of crafting. Â There are folders to suit almost any taste or occasion, and they are constantly releasing new ones. Â Embossing folders are all priced at $10.99 for a set of 2 A-2 card-sized folders (5.75″ x 4.25″), three Texture Trades (the ATC-sized ones), and various other assortments of sizes; or $19.99 for an embossing folder and coordinating background stamp. Â For how much I can do with them, I don’t think the price point is bad, and if you sign up for email from www.Sizzix.com, they have weekly sales and coupons.
How about you? Â Are you a fan of Sizzix? Â What sort of embossing do you do, and what’s your favorite way to do it?
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