Your MUST-HAVE Guide to the PERFECT Embossing Sandwich

 

I have gotten a number of questions from customers who have struggled with getting their embossing folder sandwich to roll through the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.  In most cases, the problem was resolved by understanding that there are three different embossing folder types (one retired) of different thicknesses and each has their own sandwich.  The tips below (including two printable “cheat sheets”) should help you get the results you are hoping for!

IDENTIFY YOUR EMBOSSING FOLDER TYPE! There are three types of folders that have been offered by Stampin’ Up!  Their thicknesses vary by design so it is ESSENTIAL to know what type of folder you have so you know what type of sandwich you will need. 

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

  • TYPE 2: 3D Embossing Folders (Current)
    Approximately 1/8″ Total Thickness

  • TYPE 3: Dynamic Embossing Folders (Retired, June 2019)
    Approximately 3/16″ Total Thickness 
    HOW TO IDENTIFY IT:  It will have both a SIZZIX & Stampin’ Up! Logo 

HOT TIP:  Label or mark your folders so you know which type of embossing folder you are working with! 


BUILDING THE PERFECT SANDWICH:  Each type of embossing folder requires a different sandwich when passing through a die-cutting and embossing machine, including both the NEW Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and the RETIRED Big Shot.   

  • TYPE 1: STANDARD EMBOSSING FOLDERS
    • NEW Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine Sandwich
      • Top – 3 Cutting Plate
      • Middle – Standard Embossing Folder 1/16″ Thick
      • Middle – 3 Cutting Plate
      • Bottom – 1 Platform
    • RETIRED Big Shot Machine Sandwich
      • Top – Standard Cutting Plate
      • Middle – Standard Embossing Folder 1/16″ Thick
      • Middle – Standard Cutting Plate
      • Bottom – Standard Platform
  • TYPE 2: 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERS
    • NEW Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine Sandwich
      • Top – 4 Specialty Plate
      • Middle – 3D Embossing Folder 1/8″ Thick
      • Bottom -1 Platform
    • RETIRED Big Shot Machine Sandwich
      • Top – 3D Embossing Folder Plate (Blue) or 4 Specialty Plate* 
      • Middle – 3D Embossing Folder 1/8″ Thick
      • Bottom – Standard Platform

–OR–

      • Top – Standard Cutting Plate 
      • Middle – Shim of card stock or similar approx 1/16″ thick
      • Middle – 3D Embossing Folder 1/8″ Thick
      • Bottom – Standard Platform
  • TYPE 3: DYNAMIC (SIZZIX) EMBOSSING FOLDERS
    • NEW Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine Sandwich
      • Top – 3 Cutting Plate
      • Middle – Dynamic Embossing Folder 3/16″ Thick
      • Bottom – 1 Platform
    • RETIRED Big Shot Machine Sandwich
      • Top – Standard Cutting Plate
      • Middle – Dynamic Embossing Folder 3/16″ Thick
      • Bottom – Standard Platform


SPECIALTY PLATE 4 MAKES IT EASY!

The new Specialty Plate* (Item 154711) makes your sandwich for 3D folders a cinch!  All you need is the Base Plate and Specialty Plate to get the proper sandwich every time. 


CHECK THE LIST! Is it a 3D or Dynamic Embossing Folder?

NOTE: The embossing folders listed below were released as both a Dynamic Folder & a 3D Folder.  You can measure the thickness or check for the logos to determine which embossing folder type you have.  

3D: Stampin’ Up! Logo ONLY

DYNAMIC: BOTH  Sizzix and Stampin’ Up! Logos

Basket Weave 3D Embossing Folder – 151797
 
Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder – 151811
 
Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder – 151823
 
Lace 3D Embossing Folder – 151815
 
Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder – 152321

 
Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder – 152320
 
Seasonal Wreath 3D Embossing Folder – 151796
 
Subtle 3D Embossing Folder – 151775 
 
Tin Tile 3D Embossing Folder – 151801
 
Tufted 3D Embossing Folder – 151785

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Stampin’ Up! Envelopes Dies Tutorial!

My Favorite Things -Ornamental Envelopes from Stampin' Up!Today’s post takes an in-depth look at the Stampin’ Up! Envelope Dies, which are part of the Ornamental Envelopes Bundle, from the 2020 Mini Holiday Catalog.  

I’ve had a few questions from customers on the various dies that are part of the Envelope Dies set.  So here’s my take on how each die can step-up an envelope to the next level of pretty. 

A. B. & C: These dies are made to pretty up the envelope flaps. 

D:  These dies are made to pretty up the insides of the envelopes. 

Others: These dies are made to crop out the images from the Ornamental Envelopes Stamp Set. 

A. Ornamental Envelopes Bundle from Stampin' Up! by Mary Fish, Stampin' Pretty

A. Use this die on a Medium Envelope flap to add the branch-like design.  Step-it-up by adding a coordinating liner (shown in D. below) of double-sided Designer Series Paper which can be seen through the die-cut.  

Ornamental Envelopes Bundle from Stampin' Up! Be Merry Christmas Card by Mary Fish, Stampin' PrettyYou can see the details and coordinating “be merry” card featuring the envelope above by taking a look at my blog post here

B. Ornamental Envelopes Bundle from Stampin' Up! by Mary Fish, Stampin' Pretty

B. These two dies also add a decorative border to the envelope flaps, just a little more subtle.  The envelopes shown here are Medium (left) and Notecard (right).  The liners (shown in D. below) can also be used to add a peek of Designer Series Paper. 

C. Ornamental Envelopes Bundle from Stampin' Up! by Mary Fish, Stampin' Pretty

C. This die adds a bit of beauty to the edge of four different sized envelope flaps!  The markers on the die itself help you line up the edge of each flap so that it cuts in just the right spot. 

You can also use it to scallop the edge of Designer Series Paper that can be adhered to the flap for the perfect coordination of your creation.

Here are the sizes of Designer Series Paper needed for each envelope size, before you scallop the edge. 

  • 3×3 Envelope – 1 3/4 x 3 1/8
  • Notecard Envelope – 2 1/8 x 5 1/8
  • Medium Envelope – 2 1/2 x 5 3/4
  • Large Memories & More Envelope – 2 1/2 x 6 1/2

D. Ornamental Envelopes Bundle from Stampin' Up! by Mary Fish, Stampin' Pretty

D. These dies create a beautiful scalloped edge on a piece of Designer Series Paper that slips inside the envelope for a beautiful coordinating liner. 

Here are the sizes of Designer Series Paper needed for each envelope size, before you scallop the edge. 

  • 3×3 Envelope – 2 1/2 x 4 1/4
  • Notecard Envelope – 4 3/4 x 4 7/8
  • Medium Envelope – 5 1/4 x 6
  • Large Memories & More Envelope – 5 7/8 x 6

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Stuck on Adhesives? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Stuck on Stampin' Up! Adhesives?

Are you “stuck” when it comes to knowing which Stampin’ Up! adhesive works best for your paper crafting projects?  With 5 NEW adhesives in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog, I wanted to share the scoop on how each Stampin’ Up! adhesive works!  

Do you have a favorite Stampin’ Up! adhesive?  Please leave me a comment HERE.

PRINT IT!  The chart and details below share the adhesives offered by Stampin’ Up! along with their primary purposes. 

NEW! Stampin' Seal by Stampin' Up! 152813 and 152814 Refill

NEW & AVAILABLE NOW!  STAMPIN’ UP! EXCLUSIVE STAMPIN’ SEAL!  An instant-bond, permanent adhesive.  The perfect strength for card stock and ribbon. Acid-free. 16.4 yards each.  

  • Stampin’ SEAL is an everyday adhesive that bonds instantly and neatly, like SNAIL (now retired).
  • Stampin’ SEAL was designed to have improved strength over SNAIL.
  • Exclusive case
  • Case can be used interchangeably for both Stampin’ SEAL and Stampin’ SEAL+. 
  • Includes 16.4 yds. (15 m) adhesive vs. 13.1 yds. (12 m) with SNAIL Adhesive
  • No “checkmark” hand movement required for release of adhesive
  • Re-sealable pouch packaging for storage and to protect it when stored in a bag or tote
  • Refillable cartridges

LEARN MORE!  Watch a video on Stampin’ SEAL here.  

Stampin' Up! Stampin' Seal Plus NEW & AVAILABLE NOW!  STAMPIN’ UP! EXCLUSIVE STAMPIN’ SEAL PLUS!  An instant-bond, permanent adhesive.  The perfect strength to adhere 3D projects and heavier layers securely.  Acid-free. 16.4 yards each.  

  • Stampin’ SEAL+ is a super-strength adhesive that bonds instantly and neatly, similar to Fast Fuse (retired).
  • Stampin’ SEAL+ is perforated for easy separation after it’s applied.
  • Extra strength for heavier layers or small 3D items.
  • Exclusive case
  • Case can be used interchangeably for both Stampin’ SEAL and Stampin’ SEAL+ 
  • Includes 16.4 yds. (15 m) adhesive vs. 13.1 yds. (12 m) with SNAIL Adhesive
  • No “checkmark” hand movement required for release of adhesive
  • Re-sealable pouch packaging for storage and to protect it when stored in a bag or tote
  • Refillable cartridges

LEARN MORE! Watch a video on Stampin’ SEAL + here.  

Stampin' Up! Adhesive Sheets 152334 $10

NEW!! AN INTRICATE DIE’S BEST FRIEND!  Stampin’ Up! Adhesive Sheets help you easily adhere shapes cut with the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine or Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.  Simply add to your die-cutting sandwich! 12 sheets. 6″ x 12″.

HOW TO USE!  For a proper die sandwich (bottom to top): Use Base Plate (Plate 1), Die Plate (Plate 2), Cutting Plate (Plate 3), card stock with Adhesive Sheet adhered, Cutting Plate (Plate 3).

COMING SOON:  The NEW STANDARD Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine will be available to customers on September 1, 2020!   The Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is expected to be available by the end of this year. You can read all about the benefits of the new machines here.

NEW!! A DIE-CUT’S COMPANION FOR DIMENSION!  Double-sided adhesive foam sheets can be cut with Paper Snips or open dies to fit any project. Acid-free. 6 sheets. 4-1/2″ x 4-5/16″. Ideal for use with card stock and paper.

OH, SO PRETTY! See them in action here: Happy Birthday Card

HOW TO USE!  For a proper die sandwich (bottom to top): Use Base Plate (Plate 1), Die Plate (Plate 2), Cutting Plate (Plate 3), card stock with the Foam Adhesive Sheet adhered, Cutting Plate (Plate 3).

COMING SOON:  The NEW STANDARD Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine will be available to customers on September 1, 2020!   The Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is expected to be available by the end of this year. You can read all about the new machines here.

CLING MAKES YOUR STAMPS SING (& STICK)!  Do you have clear-mount stamps that don’t always stick to your blocks or Stamparatus?  Easily convert your clear-mount stamps to cling with these NEW Cling Adhesive Strips! 168 strips. 3/4″ x 1-3/4″ each.

Stampin' Up! Fine-Tip Glue Pen 138309 $7

NEAT & TIDY!  Reach for the Stampin’ Up! Fine-Tip Glue Pen when you need whisper-thin strands of glue. The slender precision tip lays down a fine line of glue—great for adhering delicately detailed paper die cuts, teensy embellishments, and bits of glitter.  1 oz Bottle. Acid-Free. 

TIP:  Remember Crystal Effects (now retired)?  You can use Stampin’ Up! Fine Tip Glue to add a glossy touch of 3-D, much like Crystal Effects.  Love this for flower centers! 

LEARN HOW: Watch a detailed video with tips and tricks here

110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue from Stampin' Up!

A CRAFTER’S ESSENTIAL!  Multipurpose Liquid Glue adheres just about anything!  Paper, card stock, embellishments, glitter and more!  It has a strong bond and dries clear. .9oz bottle, Acid-Free!

TIP!  Use it sparingly.  A little goes a long way!

Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots 103683

AN EMBELLISHMENT’S SIDEKICK!  Stampin’ Up! Mini Glue Dots are super sticky, instant dots of adhesive. No mess, no drying time.  Holds chunkier embellishments like buttons or our wood elements.. 300 dots, 3/16″ diameter

TIP!  Use Mini Glue Dots for easy, no fuss, ribbon bow placement!

Stampin' Up! 138995 Tear & Tape Adhesive

A BOX & 3-D BUDDY!  Stampin’ Up! Tear & Tape is a strong adhesive with tearable paper backing for easy placement.  It’s perfect for boxes and 3D items.  1/4″ Wide. 27 Yards.  Acid-Fee

Foam Adhesive Strips 141825 from Stampin' Up!

A SHAKER CARD’S SOUL MATE!  These adhesive white foam strips are an ideal thickness for shaker cards. 1/8″ x 9″. 10 Yards Total. 

GIVE YOUR PROJECTS DIMENSION!   Add depth and dimension as well as adhere layers. Stampin’ Up!’s ever-popular Stampin’ Dimensionals come in two sizes (standard & mini) and two colors (white & black)!  I use Stampin’ Dimensionals on almost every project!

STANDARD STAMPIN’ DIMENSIONALS: Double-sided adhesive foam hexagons that add depth and dimension. Instant bond.  300 Hexagons, ∼1/2″ in diameter. 

MINI STAMPIN’ DIMENSIONALS:  Double-sided adhesive foam hexagons that add depth and dimension. Instant bond.  720 Hexagons, ∼1/4″ in diameter. 

BLACK DIMENSIONALS!  Easily hide the adhesive on dark projects with BLACK Dimensionals.  Double-sided adhesive foam hexagons that add depth and dimension. Instant bond.  200 Hexagons ∼1/2″ in diameter and 480 Hexagons, ∼1/4″ in diameter. 

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