Debossing vs. Embossing

The Fine Debossing Tip for the Cricut Maker can add dimension and design elements cardstock, foil poster board, foil cardstock, foil kraft board, poster board, kraft board, basswood, and more. The blunt tip uses pressure to create a shallow impression in the material.


Any pattern or image designed to be drawn can be changed to debossing by changing the Linetype in the Edit bar.

To find drawn images and patterns easily, filter images to “Draw Only.”

The debossed image or pattern is attached to the shape it’s going on just like a drawn image. Note that debossed patterns and images can’t be sliced. The part that extends beyond the rectangle will be cut off.

The debossing gives a more subtle look, which can be good when pairing with a large or dimensional image like the daisies on this card. The major disadvantage to debossing is the amount of time it takes. This panel took about 30 minutes to deboss at regular speed with my Maker.


Embossing uses plastic folders and a separate machine like a Gemini or a Big Shot to create a raised design in the material. Embossing creates a more noticeable texture and design.

The raised design on this card was created using an embossing folder and a Gemini embossing and die cutting machine. Embossing requires additional equipment separate from the Cricut Maker, but the process is finished in a few seconds. Additional folders need to be purchased to get different designs.

This side-by-side comparison shows the difference between debossing and embossing. They both give nice results depending on the effect you want to achieve.

About this Project

This card was inspired by Sketch #442 from the Freshly Made Sketches blog. Here is the Design Space project link.

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