5 Embossing Folder Tips!

Embossing Folder Tips

Here are FIVE tips to ensure you get the most out of your Stampin’ Up! embossing folders!

#1 WHICH EMBOSSING FOLDER TYPE AM I USING? There are three types of folders that have been offered by Stampin’ Up!  It is helpful to know what type of folder you have so you know what type of sandwich you will need. 

  • TYPE 1: 3D Embossing Folders (Current)
    Approximately 1/8″ Total Thickness

  • TYPE 2: Standard Embossing Folders (Current)
    Approximately 1/16″ Total Thickness

  • TYPE 3: Dynamic Embossing Folders (Retired, June 2019)
    Approximately 3/16″ Total Thickness (*Sizzix Branded THICK Folder)
    Note: Some are currently being offered on the Clearance Rack

Proper Sandwich

#2 BUILDING THE PROPER SANDWICH:  Each type of embossing folder requires a different sandwich when passing through a die-cutting and embossing machine.    You can download a PDF for your convenience by clicking here.

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  • TYPE 1: 3D Embossing Folders
      • Top – 3D Embossing Folder Plate (Blue)
      • Middle – 3D Embossing Folder 1/8″ Thick
      • Bottom – Standard Platform


      • Top – Standard Cutting Plate 
      • Middle – Shim of Cardstock or Similar Approx 1/16″ Thick
      • Middle – 3D Embossing Folder 1/8″ Thick
      • Bottom – Standard Platform
  • TYPE 2: Standard Embossing Folders
      • Top – Standard Cutting Plate
      • Middle – Standard Embossing Folder 1/16″ Thick
      • Middle – Standard Cutting Plate
      • Bottom – Standard Platform
  • TYPE 3: Dynamic Embossing Folders 
      • Top – Standard Cutting Plate
      • Middle – Dynamic Embossing Folder 3/16″ Thick
      • Bottom – Standard Platform

149658 3D Embossing Folder Plate


The new 3D Embossing Folder Plate (Item 149658) makes up the difference in measurement between our old-style Dynamic Folders (Type 3 Above) and our new-style 3D Folders (Type 1 Above) in 21 mm gap machines (similar to the machine we used to offer).

The 3D Embossing Folder Plate (blue) replaces the Standard Cutting Plates (clear) in your 3D embossing folder sandwich for continued high-quality emboss results.

The 3D Embossing Folder Plate is sturdy like your platform base.  It doesn’t show wear and will rarely, if ever, need to be replaced. Definitely worth the investment!

150815 Standard Cutting Plates

#4 REPLACEMENT CUTTING PLATES ARE AVAILABLE!  I label my plates “embossing”  and dedicate them just for that purpose.  This keeps them flat longer and no “cut” line transfers like you typically get on plates used for dies.

The Cutting Plates have beveled edges so they’re easier to feed into the machine.  Made of high-quality polycarbonate.

126185 Stampin' Spritzer


Give your card stock a little spritz of H2O prior to zipping it through a die-cutting and embossing machine tucked inside an embossing folder.  This helps soften the card stock fibers and allows the embossing folder to do its job even better.  

The Stampin’ Spritzers come in a pack of 2! Keep on hand for water and use the other to add color to your projects!

Below is a current list of 3D Embossing Folders that Stampin’ Up! has released!  It would be most beneficial to pair up with the 3D Embossing Folder Plate prior to zipping them through your embossing machine.  

NOTE: Some of these embossing folders were previously released as a Dynamic Folder.  You can measure the thickness or check for the Sizzix logo to determine which embossing folder type you have. 


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