How To Emboss Foil Paper

embossed foil Christmas card

Did you know you can use your die cuts to emboss?  The Bazzill Foil Cardstock at 12x12 Cardstock Shop embosses beautifully, so I thought it would be fun to show you how to emboss foil paper using your die cuts. 

All you need to have is a silicone rubber mat (available where you purchased your die-cutting machine). In your cutting machine, follow the directions for embossing and make your cutting plate "sandwich".  

sizzix big shot sandwich
My machine is a Sizzix Big Shot, so I set my base on Tab 1, added a clear plate, then the silicone mat, next the foil sheet, then I topped with the detailed metal dies and finally another clear plate. Run the "sandwich" through your machine. The silicone mat prevents the die from cutting through the paper and instead, makes an impression in your cardstock. The Bazzill Foil Paper does not crack or crease, but comes out beautifully embossed. 
embossed foil diecut into an ornament shape

Adding embossed foil embellishments will take your holiday cards to another level and because the foil paper cuts so cleanly, you can emboss and then cut out your design using thin sentiment dies. 

embossed foil paper christmas bulbs

I used Red, Silver and Gold Mirror Foil 12 x12 Specialty Cardstock to make this card. 

I hope this helps you to think outside the box on ways to use your existing supplies and tools in new, unique ways! 

-Kate

design team member kate

2 comments

  • It all depends on your die cutting machine. If you have the Big Shot, then you can follow the directions on your “Multi-purpose Platform” (that’s where the “tab 1” comes in to play) If you have a different die cutting machine, like Spellbinders or Gemini, follow their directions for embossing with a silicone rubber mat.

    Kate
  • Please explain further what these pads are. I would like to emboss, but don’t know what I need: “I set my base on Tab 1, added a clear plate, then the silicone mat”

    Peggy J Borell

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