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Ok, I give up! What are Embossing Diffusers?

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What Are Embossing Diffusers?

Embossing diffusers are simply a tool which allow you to get more use out of your embossing folders.  The diffusers are designed to allow you to create sections on your artwork which are not embossed when using an embossing folder.

 

How to Use It

This product is designed to be used with any of the embossing folders available on the market – with the exception of the 5”x7” and larger embossing folders. These can be used with any of the Sizzix line of embossing machines, and from my own experimentation both the Spellbinders Grand Calibur and the PC Cuttlebug.  The sandwich for the PC Cuttlebug is:

    • A plate
    • embossing folder
    • paper
    • diffuser
    • B plate

After some experimentation, I was able to find sandwiches for the Grand Calibur.  Because the Spellbinders embossing folders are thicker than other leading industry embossing folders (thanks to being double-sided), there are two sandwiches.  Feeding through the machine will feel loose, and that is okay, you will still get a good solid impression.  The sandwiches are:

 

For Spellbinders Embossing Folders

    • B plate
    • embossing folder
    • paper
    • diffuser

 

For other industry folders:

    • C plate
    • embossing folder
    • paper
    • diffuser

 

If you have been using embossing folders for a long time, you will notice that embossing diffusers are the industry’s response to a technique in which you use your dies to cut out several pieces of thin chipboard, layer the pieces of chipboard together, and then use them to create the same effect as these fancy diffusers.   Currently the diffusers come in standard shapes of large oval, skinny oval, and circle.  There are no fancy designs offered at the moment, although you can make them with your dies and chipboard.  However, these save you from all the work which goes into making your own, and with a name like “Diffuser Set #1” it is likely more are on their way.  With this three set of diffusers you get six different options – not bad for the MSRP.

Tips and Techniques

In playing around with this product, I found several different ways to use these diffusers.

  1. Use the frame to have an un-embossed center.
  2. Use the center to emboss the center and not the outer section.
  3. Combine both the inner shape and frame with different embossing folders to get two different designs on one sheet of cardstock.
  4. Use the inner shape to create highlights of texture around the cardstock rather than in the center.
  5. Use the diffuser frames to create texture to the base of your journaling and title cards.

While using the center portions of the diffuser sets, I found that they move around a lot.  I fixed this by using some masking tape to hold my embossing folder and diffuser together.  Although this product has the most applicable use for card design, I found myself wanting to use it for scrapbook layouts. Below you can see some of the projects I came up with.

While playing with the embossing diffusers and embossing folders by different companies, I found that the Tim Holtz embossing folders worked best with the diffusers, giving a strong overall impression.  However, these same results could be achieved with including a shim or two with the embossing folders from other leading companies aside from Sizzix.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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