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.]

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the store icons under the product images. Also, if you are interested in seeing the videos of the projects I have done using particular products, click the heart icon under the product.


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. Jennifer, Thank you, always, for taking the time to share with us your inspiring talents. Your detailed explanations are SO helpful and challenge me to try new techniques and applications. But most of all, each card you create is very beautiful! I always look forward to your Favorite Crafty Things videos! Thanks again!

  2. I appreciate you taking the time to share these stencils and embossing folder with us. There are a number I can’t wait to try. Thank you Jennifer.

  3. I have been using both stencils and embossing folders. I am a new card maker. I really enjoyed this video as this concept of entirely embossing the whole card face was new to me. It is simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I have used embossing folders before and I really like the look and texture they give to a card. I would love to use stencils; you’ve shared so many I want to try 🙂

  5. I love the results from embossing folders, but sometimes struggle with getting the right combination of paper and amount of pressure – I have a pile of confetti produced by variations of the WRONG combinations! Stencils, on the other hand, produce good results fairly easily. I use them more than embossing folders, and sometimes make my own, using stencil plastic sheets found in the quilting section of chain craft stores.

  6. I used to use embossing folders a lot but not so much now. I need to start again because I have a ton!! I love stencils!! They don’t take up a lot of space and they can be used for sooooo many techniques!! Thanks Jennifer

  7. Jennifer,
    I have never tried using stencils,but have used quite a few different companies for embossing folders.

  8. I use embossing folders occasionally, but i never used a stencil before. Thank you for your video demonstrating all the possible uses!

  9. I have a few embossing folders but I never thought about putting ink in them before watching your videos! Thanks for the great tip!

  10. I haven’t really been crafting much for awhile but I am getting back into it and I would love to use stencils and embossing folders more.

  11. I use to use embossing folders quite a bit but have moved away from them. I am fairly new to the stencils and like to use them with pastes to create pattern and texture.

  12. Loved the folders and stencils you have shown. Yes I use stencils a lot mostly for backgrounds or as a focal point. The embossing folders are mostly used for backgrounds.

  13. I have used embossing folders a lot more than stencils but I really like what the industry is doing with the stencils now so that may have to change.

  14. I use embossing folders all the time. I have several stencils but have never been overly inspired. I have inks, paints, pastes, and pan pastels, but can never make them look as beautiful as yours!

  15. I do use stencils and embossing folders, but probably not as much as I should. It’s fun to see the various techniques that you’ve shared especially for the stencils. I don’t know why but using them is usually not my first “go to” for most projects when I’m starting a card. I need to pull them out and have them ready to use more.

  16. Some awesome stencils and embossing folders on your favourites list Jennifer. I’m a HUGE fan of embossing folders and us we them often. Stencils , I’m just starting to get into. I’ve been trying some different techniques with them and have a few new ones I just bought that are waiting to be used!

  17. Thank you for this great video, I love the series verie much.
    I have learned a lot of you this past year about using them so yes, I use embossingfolders and stencils more then I ever did.

  18. I don’t have a manual embossing machine so I don’t use the embossing folders. I do use stencils but not as much as I would like.

  19. I am really enjoying these videos. There are so many great products to choose from, it must be hard to decide which ones make the cut. I have used both stencils and embossing folders in the past on occasion to create backgrounds for cards.

  20. I have many embossing folders and enjoy using them. I haven’t tried stencils, but you’ve sold me! The results are so beautiful.

  21. I have used stencils, especially the Altenew ones, more this year and really enjoyed it! I should use my stencils and embossing folders much more than I do. Thank you for all the inspiration and recommedations!

  22. I have used stencils but not embossing folders yet. Just got a die cutting machine so looking forward to trying some embossing folders.

  23. Hi Jennifer,
    Mainly have used Stencil for clouds. But recently have purchased a few different types. As for embossing folders I love them and use them fairly frequently. Thank You for a great video.

  24. I love using embossing folders and would like to get more into the big box of stencils I have been collecting.

  25. I absolutely use stencils! I love them, they are my favourite toy to play with when I make backgrounds for ATCs and in my mixed media playbook. I have embossing folders but really do not use them enough. I think 2018 should be my year of embracing the embossing folder 🙂

    Thank you for a fantastic video. You once again inspired me to just have fun in the craftroom 🙂

  26. I have used both stencils and embossing folders. I find that I can do more with the stencils though. This is a great video and thank you for inspiring us.

  27. Thanks for showing such a great collection of stencils and embossing folders. I used to use embossing folders much more often – something I need to go back to for sure. I have a bunch of stencils but don’t tend to use them very often. Something I would also like to change 🙂

  28. I recently used a stencil to frost a cake…and it made me think that I’d love to try texture paste in my crafting. I’ve never done that before, though I did have some stencils from a kit long ago that I used to mask off some misting…

  29. I made some Christmas cards for this year’s caring card drive and I really love the cards I made using embossing folders with.

  30. I have used embossing folders before back when they first started getting popular but there wasn’t anything like those beauties you showed in your video!!! I’m always amazed by the awesome look that stencils give and I’d love to start building a nice collection of versatile ones that could be used in scrapbooking as well!!!

  31. Pretty often i have use both, stencils & embossing folders, they help me when i’m in a hurry and need to make a card quick, just i add a sentiment & done! love them! Thank you for your series! very helpful! God bless you!

  32. Yes I have used stencils and embossing folders. I really like stencils because of all the things you can do with them. I want to try foiling with them.

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