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Fiskars Texture Plates

Reported by Heather Strenzwilk

Over the past few years, embossed backgrounds have become an exciting way to add texture to projects. Before the advent of today’s machines, dry embossing had to be done by hand with a brass template and a small stylus. Somewhere in the middle, Fiskars developed Fiskars Texture Plates which are thick, durable, double-sided plastic. In conjunction with the Texturizing Tool, they can be used to emboss cardstock. They can also be used to texturize clay, icing on a cake (the most unique use I saw for them) and with crayons to shade textured areas.
Although Texture Plates can be used with an embossing machine (more on that later), they do not require a machine or electricity. The Texturizing Tool has rubberized finger grips and three ball bearings set in a triangle. By placing cardstock (good side down) against the plate, you can begin to emboss the pattern.

If you study this frame carefully, you can see I used two different patterns on the same piece of cardstock. To emphasize the pattern, I rubbed it lightly with a chalk ink pad.

Another way to use Texture Plates is to cover them with lightweight paper and rub the paper with a crayon or colored pencil. This can also be a fun project for kids. This was a fun way to use multiple colors for a textured element. With this technique, the pencil will rub the “flat” part of the pattern, leaving the recessed areas without color. In other words, the result will be the opposite of the embossed cardstock. This yin/yang can be an interesting contrast, such as how I used it on my “Hey Girlfriend” card.

Look- a giant hand is using the texturizing tool to emboss a piece of cardstock

What I learned:

  • Removable Tape (3M) is a great way to temporarily anchor paper or cardstock to the texture plate so it won’t slip.
  • Vigorous use of the Texturizing Tool can shake a table. My kitchen counter was a more stable alterative.
  • Fiskars recommends rubbing waxed paper over cardstock to ease embossing. I much preferred a very light misting of water (spray water and wave cardstock through the mist) prior to embossing. This made the cardstock much more pliant and easier to emboss.

Fiskars texture plates can be used with an embossing machine such as a Cuttlebug, Wizard and Sizzix Big Shot (instructions are available online). The results are consistent embossed background similar to those of other embossing folders and tools. And using an embossing machine with a texture plate is faster and more consistent than doing it by hand with the Fiskars Texture Tool.

For the textured bars on this scrapbook page, I used gold glossy cardstock. For a distressed metallic look, I sanded the piece of the cardstock before embossing and rubbed it with a rust colored chalk ink pad after embossing. All stickers and chipboard diecuts are from Heidi Grace.
These samples were either embossed or colored over a Texture Template.


Pros:
  • No electricity or machine required
  • You can emboss specified areas
  • You can emboss more than 1 pattern per page by changing the plate
  • The plates fit the ShapeBoss Embossing System also by Fiskars.
  • Good option if you do not own an embossing machine (I paid under $5 for two texture plates and a texturizing tool).
  • Sturdy, durable product which is easy to store.
  • Easy to clean
  • Versatile- can be used three ways (four if you count the icing!)

Cons:

  • Manually embossing like this can result in missed or inconsistently embossed areas. Lining them up to re-emboss them can be challenging.
  • The cardstock can slip while embossing. I anchored the cardstock to the plate with removable tape.
  • Each plate has two different patterns. This means you can only get the embossed pattern and not reverse of it like with a Cuttlebug folder.
  • Texturizing Tool can be tiring to use
  • Manually dry embossing can have inconsistent results compared to an embossing machine
  • This product only creates the positive embossed image compared to an embossing folder which creates a reversible embossed image.

I am a big fan of Fiskars brand products because of their reliability and quality. Texture Plates were a cost effective way to have the textured look without purchasing an expensive machine. My results were sometimes inconsistent due to the manual process required, but they do give better results in an embossing machine. Fiskars Texture Plates are safe for children. The product is durable, lightweight, portable and can be used to dry emboss, texturize shaded areas, add texture to clay and even cake icing!

Have you tried Fiskars Texture Plates with or without an embossing machine? What did you think? Please share your comments with our readers.

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13 Responses to Fiskars Texture Plates

  1. Scrapycandy September 17, 2009 at 10:08 am #

    These plates work well with the Big Shot. Sometimes I hand emboss…but it’s rare.

  2. Holly September 17, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    Great examples Heather, and I laughed at your giant hand comment! Love how you combined the positive embossing and negative embossing together!

  3. Elaine A September 17, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    I own several of the Fiskars texture plates and I really like them. I had heard that you could run then through a diecut machine, but have not tried that yet.

    Elaine Allen

  4. Denise ~ Paper Ponderings September 17, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    I have used them in my cuttlebug and I really, really like them. You can also have the “reverse” effect by just turning the paper over after you’ve embossed it…then it will be debossed. I love the designs they offer!

  5. Melanie September 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    I could never use the tool … I don’t know what I was doing wrong, but I never got texture using it! Just streaks of shininess (if that makes sense!). I have a set and have used it to color over.
    And ICING? Really? How cool!

  6. Kalyber September 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    I use the Fiskars texture plates with my Cuttlebug and love the results now that I have the Wizard 5×7 Embossing Pads. You get 2 in a pack and it allows me to vary the depth of the embossing which I like. Also inking the texture plate before running it through the Cuttlebug gives nice results.

  7. Martha September 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    oh man, I have given these away to my Sis, maybe she will give them back to me lol

  8. Colleen September 17, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    I wasn’t terribly impressed by the examples. I think I will stick with the Cuttlebug folders.

  9. Ron September 17, 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    I have a set and like them a lot – they’ve been around since before the Cuttlebug folders – I was never able to get good results with the tool thingy, but they’re great in my Wizard. Also, a drop or 2 of liquid soap in the water (to mist the cardstock) helps a bit, as it breaks the surface tension of the water (prevents the water mist from beading up on the paper).

  10. Donna September 17, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    I’ve been wondering about these, especially using them in a Big Shot. Off to Michaels I will go. Thanks!

  11. Paula September 18, 2009 at 8:16 am #

    I’ve had my Fiskars texture plates for a long time and rarely used them because I found the little blue tool too fiddly to use and the results were not great. Now that I have a BigShot I came up with a way of embossing by using both the texture plates and the die cut machine and it works a treat.

  12. Michelle Adams September 18, 2009 at 10:19 am #

    I have a Cuttlebug and a set of these plates, but I haven’t come up with the correct “sandwhich” to get them to emboss. Can anyone give me a hint? I really want to use them, but have been unsuccessful so far…Thanks

  13. NANCY DARE September 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    I have these & did not like the results using the hand tool-to time consuming & inconsistant..however they do work well in the cuttlebug.

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