Stampin’ Up! Impressions Folders can be….Impressive!

Hi All,

As I’ve been reviewing the new catalog with an eye to future Tightwad Tuesday and Frugal Friday posts the Textured Impressions Folders caught my eye.  Not only are they reasonably priced they have a lot of creativity lurking between their covers – LOL!   So with that thought in mind perhaps consider this a Moneywise Monday posting – LOL!

Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Folder sample

With the introduction of the Big Shot, Stampin’ Up! was able to increase their crafting offerings and options and the impressions folders are one of the most popular.   Similar folders were originally introduced by Cuttlebug and other companies,  but Stampin’ Up recognized the need for larger full A2 card sized folders and have now set a new industry standard as to size and materials used.   The folders themselves work in pretty much any manual die cutting or texturing machine.

While you can texture an entire card front the Impressions folders are also perfect for adding texture to die cuts and punch pieces and of course as a background layer.  You can add impressions not only to paper but also to chipboard, metal flashing, wood sheets, window sheets,felt and many, many of the alternate materials usable in a Big Shot.  Perfect even for the new Stampin’ Up! Paper flowers on page 188 of the catalog.

At the bottom of the post you’ll find links to many techniques for using these folders but plain or brayered, whole, punched or torn you will soon find yourself in love with all the possibilities these textured pieces add to your projects.  For one of my own experiments with the Vintage Wallpaper folder check out this previous post.

Basic info for all the Stampin’ Up! Textured Impressions Folders:

■ Designed to cut through one sheet of paper or card stock at a time
■ Use with Big Shot machine, standard cutting pads, and multipurpose platform
■ Die size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″

Definitions of terms you’ll find helpful as you peruse the links:

Embossed – as with inks the embossed side of a textured piece generally refers to the raised pattern created by the folder.

Debossed – this generally refers to the recessed pattern side of the textured piece.

Both embossed and debossed sides can show ink depending on which side of the folder you ink.

Now on to the most recent additions to the line of Folders:

From the soon to retire Summer mini:

Don’t worry, though the mini is about to retire this go to impressions folder has already made it into the new catalog.  One of the more popular of the impressions folders, I’m seeing it on projects all over the web.  Near and dear to my heart, possibly because it reminds me of the textile weaves I enjoy making on my own looms.


Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – #119976, $7.95

An Exclusive Stampin’ Up Embossing Folder originally featured in the 2010 Summer Mini and now available in the newest 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog.

SU’s description: Add a classic texture of richly embossed lattice work to a card or paper craft project using our Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder die. Not only will its alluring lines immediately command the eyes, but those entranced by it may not be able to resist running their fingers across its surface.


This folder’s impression has a totally different look depending on which side of the paper you place rightside up.  Both are excellent and inking the folder first then embossing with the Big Shot makes for very cool results.

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Links: – video – texturing Chipboard with this folder! – includes a sneak peek of the new Day of Gratitude stamp – Video


New in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog:

Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – #119277, $7.95

Another SU exclusive embossing folder (see picture of sample above at the beginning of the post).  Brand new to the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog.

SU’s description: Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates a deeply embossed image on card stock and paper. The die embosses one side of the paper and debosses the other side, so you can use either side, depending on the look you want to achieve. You can emboss an entire card front edge-to-edge or create a large embossed image. 


Tip: Emboss a quarter sheet of Vellum then take a marker to the debossed deep etched grooves and you’ll have a textured stained glass effect that looks beautiful placed over a colored cardstock card front.

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Links: – video – emboss your napkins! – CAS – debossed



Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – #120175, $7.95

Another of Stampin’ Up’s latest new and exclusive designs for their popular and ever increasing line of embossing folders.  New to  the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog.

SU’s description: Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates a deeply embossed image on card stock and paper. The die embosses one side of the paper and debosses the other side, so you can use either side, depending on the look you want to achieve. You can emboss an entire card front edge-to-edge or create a large embossed image.

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SU Addicts Gallery:

Links: – notebook cover – wood sheets embossed! – coloring tutorial for embossing folder – Gatefold never looked so good!


And, coming up in the Holiday Mini a sneak preview of two brand new seasonal folders.  Sorry, no actual product pictures available until the mini goes live on September 1. 


Spider Web – #120889, $7.95

Produces a full card sized spider web image.  The only thing missing is a spider at the center – lol!  Coordinates beautifully with Stampin’ Up’s many Halloween images not to mention creates beautiful textures for many of the Stampin’ Up line of boxes made from Big Shot dies.

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Links: – design index card only


Northern Flurry – #120902  $7.95, pg. 26 Holiday Mini

Snowflakes anyone?  This folder produces a beautiful grouping of delicate flakes in the corner of a quarter sheet or card front.  As with all snowflakes each snowflake pictured is unique.  Plenty of room for an image or sentiment or other embellishment.  Create quick Clean and Simple cards or add multiple layers for a more complex design.

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Links: – design index card only – Spider Web too!

Shopping tip:  As I was looking for links for these impressions folders I noticed several eBay ads for these current folders.  Most started their pricing at $12.99 whether new or used!!  That’s $5 more than you can purchase these folders direct and new from your very own Stampin’ Up Demonstrator!  Moral to all this…shop your demonstrator for the best deal on SU product…you’ll get great support and creative training too!


Techniques used with Embossing Folders:

While many of these show Cuttlebug folders the techniques work equally well with SU folders – better in some cases since our folders are larger than many other companies. – Big Shot 101 Embossing with Texturz plates and embossing folders – Dry emboss coloring technique – textured embossing – Sculptured Ice Technique – Window sheets – Embossing folder magic – blank space in the middle of a folder – brayering embossed images – Patent Leather Embossing – Frosted embossing with window sheets – Brayer ink on Folder – Waxpaper Resist with embossing folders – double folder embossing – whack a folder works with any embossing folder! – Papercasting

Another trick I’ve seen is to run a light colored cardstock through the Big Shot with a detailed embossing folder like Vintage Wallpaper.  Tap the raised impression with a Versamark pad and apply pastels with a sponge dauber. 

No folders yet?  Here’s a fun way to create your own textured impressions. – custom texturz with ink embossing


I Hope you enjoyed this look at the latest in economical texturing with a Big Shot.   I love that it only takes the basic Big Shot package to get started with these folders.  No extra plates, platforms or other paraphernalia required beyond basic stamping supplies.  Just Big Shot the folder and go – bet you didn’t know that Big Shot was also a verb!  It is in my crafting studio! 😀

Tip: I should probably add that if you don’t have a Big Shot you can also use a rolling pin and good bit of elbow grease to create a passable impression.  It won’t be as deep as that achieved with a Big Shot but you can still get started using these very cool tools while saving up for a Big Shot.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these click on my shopping online button at the top of the sidebar or email me your order and get started on your very own experiments with texture.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean


One Response

  1. Hi Jean,

    I just wanted to thank you for the great post on impression folders. Thanks for all those links & thanks also for including one of my blog posts as one of them.

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