Adding Texture with Embossing Folders

I was a little late jumping on the Big Shot Textured Impressions Embossing Folders bandwagon.  My “gonna be hot” intuition isn’t especially well-tuned and I actually get it wrong quite often.  I’ll see something – of course, it’s going to be something that I absolutely love – and I’ll be convinced that the rest of the world (read here “My Customers”) will be crazy about it.  Case in point:  there was a hostess set a couple of years ago with a gorgeous rooster.  The less said about that stamp set, the better.

So where was I?  Ah yes…Embossing Folders.  I wasn’t quite sure if I would use them.   (Sorry, did you just snort your morning coffee all over your monitor?  Yeah, me too.)  I should hasten to add that once I got my hands on those folders I quickly realized the error of my ways.    But last fall when the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder came out in the Holiday Mini I didn’t buy it.   I did borrow it from my upline, and I ran a bunch of quarter sheets through my Big Shot in holiday colors.  Let’s define “a bunch” as WAY more than I needed, ok?  So when I saw a project this fall that would use multiple quarter sheets, you can bet I paid attention:

Santa and the Kleenex

  • Jolly Old St Nick and Peaceful Season stamp sets
  • Real Red and Whisper White card stock
  • Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive and Always Artichoke Classic ink pads
  • Real Red Stampin’ Write marker; Stampin’ Sponges
  • Blushing Bride ink refill and an Aquapainter;  Gold ink
  • Real Red satin ribbon; Linen thread; Deck the Halls Buttons
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals and Sticky Strip

There’s a great tutorial for this project at Splitcoaststampers and it was very easy to follow.  I want to point out that when I say Kleenex box, that is what I mean:  this is the genuine article, not Brand X.  The tutorial dimensions are for a Kleenex brand box, so if you use another brand be sure to check your dimensions.  And pay attention when the instructions tell you to sponge the edges of the box and across the embossing – it matters.

Here’s the top:


The top of the Santa Tissue box

Just imagine how dull this would be without all of that Textured Impressions Embossing.  What WAS I thinking??

10 thoughts on “Adding Texture with Embossing Folders

  1. You are hysterical- and not alone! I didn’t buy it at first either, but I have it now. And I haven’t used it, but I will totally have to make this. This is really cute! Thanks for sharing where to find the tutorial.


    1. I’m glad I’m not alone – sometimes I think I have a defective gene when it comes to picking out stuff that will be popular. Oh well, at least I recognize when it’s a hit and play catch up!


    1. I used a retired Stampin’ Up! tool to cut the oval – I’m sorry! The Big Shot dies usually have multiple sizes on one die and as a result they won’t cut a single oval. The best alternative I can suggest is tracing an oval shape and cutting it out with scissors.


      1. Update!! You can use a Sizzlet for this purpose! There are a number of Sizzlets with a single shape that will work quite well – I’ve just tried it with the Scallop Clearlit and it worked beautifully.


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