It’s quite remarkable how we’re able to get intricate and delicate die-cuts with Thinlits dies. Did you know you can use the same dies to emboss cardstock too? Today I’m demonstrating my tips for embossing with Thinlits dies.

Click to watch my tips for embossing with Thinlits dies tutorial here if the video is not playing on your mobile device.

Tips for embossing with Thinlits dies demonstrated by Shelly Godby of

Did you watch to the end to see my Stampin’ Up! Abstract Impressions card with the stepped-up embossed cardstock? If not, you want to go back now to see it!

The goal is to emboss your cardstock without cutting through it. As promised, I’ve added the embossing sandwich so you don’t have to read the small print on the instructions included with the Big Shot Embossing Mats. The shim that worked better with my Big Shot is listed and noted with if needed. You’ll want to experiment and use the sandwich without it first.

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Big Shot Sandwich for Embossing with Thinlits Dies

Big Shot Platform

Cardstock Shim (if needed)

Standard Cutting Pad

Die with Cutting Side Up

Single Sheet of Paper

Thin Silicone Rubber Mat (blue)

Impressions Pad (white)


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Abstract Impressions Card Measurements

4-1/4″ x 11″ Soft Sea Foam Cardstock

(2) 4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White Cardstock

3″ x 3″ Soft Sea Foam Cardstock

2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ Petal Pink Cardstock

3″ x 3″ Whisper White Cardstock


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Abstract Impressions Card Supplies

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