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Old 03-01-2008, 02:44 PM   #1
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I was just wondering what these are. I see lots of cards with dry embossing on part of the cardstock. Does embossing folders mean a cardstock that is already dry embossed that you buy? or does it mean using the dry embossing template and doing it yourself?
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:57 PM   #2
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The embossing folders that people are using are made by Provocraft for the Cuttlebug. They're like little plastic folders, which have the "positive" of the embossing on one side and the "negative" on the other side. You put your cardstock inside the folder and then run it through the Cuttlebug to squish the paper between the positive and negative sides for instant embossing. Really cool!
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These are some examples of embossing folders:
http://www.allthatscraps.com/index.p...9765b3adb76491

They open up (like a folder) and you stick cardstock in between them, and then run it through the Cuttlebug, which looks like this:
http://www.allthatscraps.com/index.p...9765b3adb76491

(if you wait for a sale or shop around, you can get the Cuttlebug for $35 sometimes)
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to piggyback.. is a manual machine? how hard is it, really, to run the cardstock and folder through? I have bad arthritis in my hands and though my doctor loves the fact that I do make cards, he does NOT want me exerting a lot of pressure/weight/etc.

I currently just have a stylus and a few brass templates, but there are days when I cannot even manage to use that(can't grip the stylus, let alone press down hard enough )
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It is a manual machine, but I think the handle turns pretty easily on the Cuttlebug. There are other machines as well (I have the Sizzix too, but that one is a press down type, which I don't think would be good for you)
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Oh Mary, embossing folders are wonderful little things! I just bought a Cuttlebug 2 weeks ago and I've been embossing everything in sight! The Cuttlebug also die cuts, although I haven't even tried that yet...but I'll get to it. You must have one! They are amazing machines! And the little hand crank is a breeze to turn, whether one has arthritis or not...like I said, YOU MUST HAVE ONE.
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heheheh. I may just come knocking on your door one day to 'borrow' yours Hearth. you are close enough. I assume any decent craft store like AC Moore or Michaels has 'em? and the coupons can be used...

when is my birthday again..oh dangit it was in January ..Hmmm.. anniversary.. no, wait that isn't until September...

OOOH I know!! I finish my college degree in 4 weeks! Graduation pressie!!!!!
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I too have arthritis and cysts in my wrists, I am able to crank it with out much effort or any pain! That was one of my concerns when I got it a year ago!

I also have the BigKick and it runs just as smooth.

You really need one!
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I got my cuttlebug at xmas from creativexpressions.com for $35 plus I ordered a couple folders so I would have something to use with it when it came. It is so simple I was looking for it to be way more complicated!! It comes with everything you need. I saw one in Walmart at xmas for $49 and right now Walmart has cuttlebug supplies on sale (here in Richmond at least) - I have carpal tunnel and I can turn the handle - it gets tight for a second as the end of the pile goes thru the bug but it hasn't bothered me. I only do it once in a while so far, as I am in chaos here moving my son's stuff out and my stuff in to the spare room for a stamping/crafting room of my very own. Congrats on your degree, btw!!
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Ok, thanks ladies.
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