Tuesday’s Tip: Embossing Folders

Many of my customers and stamping friends have experienced confusion regarding the various types and thicknesses of what we used to refer to as Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, or TIEFs.

The confusion is even more so since Stampin’ Up! discontinued the Big Shot by Sizzix die cutting machine last year.  Good news is that Stampin’ Up! will be introducing their very own die cutting machine in the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog that will be released in early June.  However, it won’t be available in June, but will be soon thereafter.  That’s all I know about that issue.  But I do know I’m very exciting for the big reveal so we can once again have our own die cutting machine.

Back to the Embossing Folders.  When using an embossing folder you need to create a ‘sandwich’ of tools.  Here are the appropriate ‘sandwiches’.

The REGULAR EMBOSSING FOLDER is the thinnest one.  Here is the required sandwich:

  • Base plate (without the Thin Die Adapter)
  • Clear acrylic plate
  • Embossing folder containing card stock
  • Another clear acrylic plate


The DYNAMIC EMBOSSING FOLDER.  This one is the thickest one.

  • Base plate (without the Thin Die Adapter)
  • Dynamic embossing folder containing card stock
  • Clear acrylic plate


3-D EMBOSSING FOLDER.  This one is thinner than the Dynamic folder.

  • Base plate (without the Thin Die Adapter)*
  • Embossing folder containing card stock
  • Blue embossing plate (#149658)

If you don’t have the Blue Embossing Plate you can make a substitute for it by using only one acrylic plate and adding a “shim” made from 4 layers of the thick white paper that comes with your Designer Series Paper packages. Cut a 12 x 12 sheet into 4 pieces measuring 6″ x 6″ and use all 4 layers. If too tight, only use 3 layers.  Each Big Shot is calibrated a tiny bit different from the next one.

*If you have the old hinged Multipurpose Platform, lift Tab 2 and place folder on Tab 1 and proceed as above under 3-D embossing folder.

A quick and easy summarization for the proper sandwich:

If it says “Sizzix”, use the clear plates.   If it says “Stampin’ Up, use the Blue Plate.


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