Hello friends!  I’ve got the ultimate big shot sandwich guide for embossing folders to share with you. I’m asked all the time what embossing plates to use with which type of folder so let’s clear up all the confusion!

I have a lot to share with you today so make sure you watch the entire video.  The card is a great way to use up all those scraps of card stock you have sitting around.  And I will be sharing all the tips you need for using the Big Shot and the different types of embossing folders.


There are 3 main types of Embossing Folders that Stampin’ Up! now carries, or used to carry.  And each requires a different “sandwich” when using the Big Shot machine.  I am often asked about this, so I thought I would bring all the information into a video for you.

But it would be boring to just talk about the Big Shot, so I have a fun card to also make that uses up scraps of card stock!

Let’s begin with the video, then make sure you come back here for the card recipe as well as the information for the different types of Embossing Folders.


Big Shot Sandwich Guide & Tips For Using Embossing Folders


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First, The Card Recipe


I know you all love when I give you all the cutting dimensions, so, here you go….

  • Whisper White:  8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Whisper White:  (2) pieces 5 1/4″ x 4″. (one was used to adhere the green strips)
  • Strips of different “greens”:  1/2″ wide


Elephant In the Room

Let’s get the elephant out of the room….YES, Stampin’ Up! has finally come out with their own Die Cutting and Embossing Machine!  If you have already received the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog, you will see it pictured.  It’s going to be fabulous!!!!  Sad Face–it will not be available when the catalog begins on June 3, 2020 but should be available in the coming months.  Stay tuned for all the details and information.  I promise to let you know as soon as I know anything.

I am sure the sandwiches for the new machine will be different, so keep in mind that today’s post is all about using the Big Shot.


Now Let’s Talk Big Shot Sandwich Guide & Differences in Folders

I know many of you have the Big Shot, (myself included), and will continue to use it.  So I thought I would take today to really go through all the different types of Embossing Folders and how to make your “sandwich” in the Big Shot machine.  There are 3 different types of Embossing Folders that you may have.

3D Embossing Folders

The majority of the folders that Stampin’ Up! now sells are the 3D ones.  These replaced the Dynamic Embossing Folders from a couple of years ago, so you may have both types.


When using the 3D folders in your Big Shot, your sandwich should be:

  • Big Shot Platform
  • 3D Embossing Folder with Card Stock inside
  • 3D Embossing Folder Plate (blue plate)

The blue 3D Embossing Folder Plate is just a little bit thicker than the clear plates and is needed to get enough thickness.  If you don’t have it, you will need to use several extra sheets or cardstock or something else as a “shim” to get the thickness.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Since writing this blog post, the 3D Embossing Folder (blue plate) as been sold out.  When the new Die Cutting machine is available, there will be a similar plate that will also work in your Big Shot.  In the meantime, if you are using 3D Embossing Folders, and do not have this “THICKER” plate, use a regular clear plate with some shims.  A couple of options are:

  • Several sheets of scrap cardstock–just cut to the size of the plate and layer on top of the car plate.  You will have to play around as to how many sheets you need
  • The backing paper in your DSP packages works great–again, play around to get the correct thickness
  • The Silicone Craft Mat works great

Basically, you just need to get a little more thickness in order to get a good impression.


Dynamic Embossing Folders

Stampin’ Up! no longer sells these, but I am sure many of you have them.  These were the first “thicker” ones that Stampin’ Up! started to carry.


When using the Dynamic folders in your Big Shot, your sandwich should be:

  • Big Shot Platform
  • Dynamic Embossing Folder with Card Stock inside
  • Clear Cutting Plate (just 1)

Standard Embossing Folders

These are the thinnest of all embossing folders.  These have been around for a long time and for many years, these were the only type.


When using the standard folders in your Big Shot, your sandwich should be:

  • Big Shot Platform
  • Clear Cutting Plate
  • Embossing Folder with Card Stock inside
  • Clear Cutting Plate

I hope you found this information helpful.  I use a lot of embossing folders, I love how they add texture so easily to your cards!

I’d Love to Hear From You

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed the information about embossing folders.  As always, if you have questions or if I can help you with anything, just leave me a comment. Or, if you just want to let me know what you think of the projects today I love to hear from my readers!

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