My Favorite Crafty Things – Stencils & Embossing Folders

Hi! I am back with another My Favorite Crafty Things post. Today I am focusing on stencils and embossing folders.

Over these few weeks, I will be sharing my favorite crafty products of the year. If you haven’t checked out THIS video, please do so – it explains how the series works.

First up, let’s share some crafty deals…

  • Simon Says Stamp is offering my readers $10 off purchases of $75 or more during 12/11/17 to 12/18/17 ! Use the code “JENFAVES” when shopping HERE.
    (Note the dates. Valid on in-stock merchandise only. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other offers.)
  • Ellen Hutson is offering 10% off your order! Use the code “JensFaves17” through 12/13/17 when shopping HERE.
    (This is extended! Valid on in-stock merchandise only. Excludes BCRF Fundraiser set and Mama Elephant releases within the last 90 days. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other offers.)
  • Gina K. Designs is offering a FREE stamp set to my viewers!! Shop HERE.
    (Good for orders over $50 – just add “JENNIFER” into the instruction box at checkout.)

Let’s talk stencils and embossing folders…

[All products are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails. Affiliate links may be used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

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Here are a few stencils that I have enjoyed recently…

Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass 1 Stencil
[ SSS | JNN ]
Altenew Layered Medallion A Stencil
[ SSS | ELH | ALTN ]
Altenew Layered Medallion B Stencil
[ SSS | ELH | ALTN | JNN ]
Hero Arts Spiral Stencil
[ SSS | ELH | HA ]
My Favorite Things Radiating Rays…
[ SSS | ELH | MFT | JNN ]
Create a Smile Focal Point Stencil
[ SSS | CRT ]
My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil
[ SSS | ELH | MFT | JNN ]
My Favorite Things Drifts and Hills…
[ SSS | ELH | MFT ]
Honey Bee Outdoor Scene Builder Stencils
[ SSS | HNB ]
Echo Park Diagonal Buffalo Plaid Stencil
[ SSS ]
Echo Park Beach Towel Stencil
[ SSS ]
[ SSS | HA | JNN ]
Gina K Foliage
[ GNK ]
Altenew Layered Dahlia A Stencil
[ SSS | ALTN | ELH ]
Altenew Layered Dahlia B Stencil
[ ELH | SSS | ALTN | JNN ]
Tim Holtz Floral Stencil
[ SSS ]
Neat and Tangled Balloon Duo Stencils
[ SSS | ELH | N&T | JNN ]


I will always like the look of embossed backgrounds. Here are some great embossing folders:

Echo Park Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder
[ SSS ]
Spellbinders Wedding Ring Stitch…
[ SSS | SPL ]
Couture Creations Bohemian Damask…
[ SSS ]
Couture Creations Bohemian Bazaar…
[ SSS ]
Brutus Monroe Vintage Tapestry…
[ BMR ]
Echo Park Sunny Dot Embossing Folder
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Roses Embossing Folder
[ SSS | ELH ]


Looking to learn more? Try these:


I am hoping this list of Favorite Crafty Things works as a helpful gift guide. Feel free to share this link or print the page. Don’t forget the discount codes, too!

I will be back soon with more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2017. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE… and for my lists from 2016, click HERE.


Today I have two giveaways! You could win one of these prizes:

  • 5 stencils
  • $20 to Altenew (they have a great selection of stencils!)

For your chance to win a giveaway, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/15/17 telling me if you ever use stencils or embossing folders. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post on my blog and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

See you again soon!

[Please note that I purchased many of the products in this post personally, but not all. Regardless, the decision to include them in this list was my own. I truly like these products and companies. For more info, visit HERE. If you have questions, please email me.]

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439 thoughts on “My Favorite Crafty Things – Stencils & Embossing Folders”

  1. I use embossing folders but after seeing this I want to try using stencils. Thank you for opening up my world.

  2. I use stencils more often than embossing folders, but have both and I enjoy the look of each one. Thanks for sharing so much with us!!

  3. Yes! I use both! I really like how both stencils and embossing folders add so much to cards! there are so many neat new stencils out there!

  4. Yes I’ve used both in my cards however I still haven’t tried embossing with my dies and I’m definitely going to soon!

  5. I have a few embossing folders and stencils but have rarely used them. I really liked these and your videos have inspired me to use them more. Thank you.

  6. Thanks for showing us all these awesome products. I enjoy using stencils with embossing paste. Most of my Christmas cards this year were made using embossing folders after I found a great set with 4 embossing folders that used local (i.e. NZ) themed Christmas imagery. Over the weekend I tried using an embossing folder on Silver Foil card-stock & the result was so gorgeous!

  7. I have never used a stencil in my card making but have used them on the walls in my home. they have always come out beautifully. Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed new year!!

  8. I have used stencils and embossing folders on my cards.
    .Absolutely love the look of both . Thanks for sharing…

  9. I love using embossing folders. I have stencils but have only used them a couple of times. I love the videos that you do using stencils.

  10. I use both the stencils and folders as they are so versatile! Thank you for your video as I always learn something new from you!!!

  11. I haven´t used to many stencils or embossing folders but I will try them in the future, this video is so helpful. I really enjoy your videos. Thanks!

  12. I actually used stencils for the first time this year after watching one of your videos and I got my mom to try it with me ~ we both fell in love with the way you can blend colors and create such amazing backgrounds with just a stencil and some ink – so much fun – and I have always loved the embossed look and it’s the original reason I got a cuttlebug – then, I found out about dies and my world hasn’t been the same since (neither has my wallet, lol)

  13. I use Embossing folders a bit. (My eldest daughter loves just running random bits of paper through the small embossing machine we have…). I just don’t use them as often these days. As for stencils, I have a bit of issues with them sliding and just not getting enough color through some….

  14. I have a few embossing folders and should use them more. I use stencils often, ezprecially the MFT cloud and drifts & hills stencils.

  15. I love using embossing folders and the many effects you can get. I use stencils also – most are so versatile and love to create backgrounds with them !

  16. I absolutely love embossing folders and hardly make a card without embossing. I have a few stencils which I have yet to try, but I am sure I will love it once I do. I tend to stick with what I know (like embossing), so I will need to get out of my comfort zone. LOL

  17. I have a Big Shot that I use for die cutting … my experiences with the couple of embossing folders I have were not very successful. Thank You for reminding me to give it another go. … I confess, I have a couple of neglected stencils too, another technique I need to start working on 🙂

  18. I don’t have much experience with stencils but love using embossing folders to add texture backgrounds to my cards.

  19. I have used stencils before by using versamark clear ink and then embossing. I like how finished it makes the background of a card. Again I’ve been watching your videos and I wanna try using them with the distressed ink and the sponges.

  20. I own both but way more embossing folders than stencils. I use them more than stencils too.

    Thanks for the series and giveaways!

  21. awesome video…I love inking EB folders and use that technique all the time. I also always use my stencils to create a Monoprint by inking the back, spray with water and press onto the paper.
    thanks for the chance to win and Happy New Year!

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