How to Emboss with the Cricut Explore Air 2

In crafting, embossing is a fantastic technique that produces raised designs on paper and other materials. Not only does it provide your projects with texture and depth, but also add an elegant touch to cards, invites, or any other kind of paper craft. To help you get started mastering this impressive look, we'll show you how the versatile Cricut Explore Air 2 can be utilized to create stunning embossed patterns.

This tutorial will provide all the necessary supplies and steps for setting up your machine and crafting unique designs. Even if you're brand new to embossing, this guide is sure to give you everything you need for a successful start! So what are we waiting for? Let's begin!

Materials Needed for Embossing

To begin embossing with your Cricut Explore Air 2, you'll need the following items:

  • Cricut Explore Air 2 machine: Before beginning your embossing ventures, make sure the primary tool you'll be using is powered on and prepared to go.
  • Cricut Embossing Pen: Utilize the Embossing Pen to develop a textured, elevated design on your paper - this exclusive pen has an extra broad tip than conventional pens used with Cricut Explore Air 2 machines and is exclusively for embossing.
  • Cricut Embossing Folder: The Embossing Folder is a special folder that fits into the Cricut Explore Air 2 and holds your paper in place as it is being embossed. It has a raised design on one side, which is what will be transferred onto your paper as it is run through the machine.
  • Cardstock or other paper suitable for embossing: When creating your embossing project, it's important to select the right type of paper. Cardstock is generally a great choice due to its durability and ability to handle the embossing process with ease. Depending on your design goals, however, you may wish to explore other options too.

Depending on your needs, you may use other types of paper such as thin cardboard or specialty papers. Nevertheless, remember to opt for a thick enough paper that won't crumple or tear during the embossing process.

Setting up the Cricut Explore Air 2 for Embossing

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Before you can start embossing with the Cricut Explore Air 2, you'll need to set up the machine and prepare your materials. Here are the steps for setting up the Cricut Explore Air 2 for embossing:

  1. 1
    Insert the Embossing Pen into the pen holder: Securely snap the Embossing Pen into place in the pen holder on your Cricut Explore Air 2, and you'll be all set to begin.
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    Load the Embossing Folder into the machine: Securely slide the Embossing Folder into your Cricut Explore Air 2 as you would with a regular cutting mat, ensuring it is firmly locked in place.
  3. 3
    Set up your design in the Cricut Design Space software: To create and customize your embossing design, you will need to access the Cricut Design Space software. If you are a novice at this program, don't worry! You can complete the initial set-up of a new project and add desired elements with just a few easy clicks. And if you already have something in mind, simply hit "Upload" within the app and select its file from your PC - it's that simple.
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    Select the embossing option in the Cricut Design Space software: With your design set up ready in the software, it is time to choose embossing. Highlight the elements you wish to emboss and select "Emboss" from the toolbar; this will instantly apply an embossed layer onto your design.
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    Preview your design and make any necessary adjustments: In Cricut Design Space software, simply hit the "Preview" button to view an accurate representation of what the end product will look like. If any adjustments are necessary for perfect results, click on specific elements and use the available tools in the program to tweak accordingly.

That's it! Once you have your materials gathered and your design set up in the software, you're ready to start embossing with the Cricut Explore Air 2.

Embossing with the Cricut Explore Air 2

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Now that you have your Cricut Explore Air 2 set up and your design prepared, it's time to start embossing! Here are the steps for embossing with the Cricut Explore Air 2:

  • Prepare your paper and place it in the machine: If the paper is a thicker material, such as cardstock, score it first to create creases for easier folding. Then, place the sheet into an Embossing Folder and make sure that its design elements are aligned with those of the folder's raised pattern in order to achieve the desired results.
  • Press the "Go" button to begin the embossing process: After arranging your paper and configuring the design in Cricut Design Space, you are ready to begin embossing. When you press "Go" on the machine's control panel, the Cricut Explore Air 2 will spring into action.
  • Remove your embossed paper from the machine: When your Cricut Explore Air 2 has finished with the embossing process, it will immediately turn off. Gently remove the paper from its Embossing Folder without smudging or altering the design in any way.
  • Repeat the process as needed: If you want to emboss various designs, just repeat the process for each. Make sure to replace the Embossing Pen and Folder as needed, while also making any design changes in Cricut Design Space.

These effortless steps will allow you to create stunning, embossed designs with the Cricut Explore Air 2. From cards and invitations to paper crafts, this tool is excellent for adding an extra dimension of texture and depth to all of your projects.

Tips For Successful Embossing

There are a few tips that can help ensure successful embossing with the Cricut Explore Air 2. 

First, choose the right type of paper for your project. Cardstock is a reliable option for almost any project, but you can also select from other paper types depending on the desired outcome. To ensure successful embossing and to prevent tearing or warping of your images, it's critical that whatever type of paper you choose is thick enough to endure the process.

Second, experiment with different pressure settings in the Cricut Design Space software to find the look that works best for your project.

And third, add layers to your design to create a multi-dimensional effect. You can do this by embossing multiple elements of your design at different depths, or by layering different colors of paper to create a layered look

Finally, take your time and be patient, as rushing the process can lead to mistakes


To summarize, the Cricut Explore Air 2 is a versatile machine that can upgrade your crafting projects and add an impressive, professional touch with its embossing feature.

From creating gorgeous cards or invitations to other paper crafts, this powerful tool will transform your creations into something extraordinary. 

And with some practice and experimentation, you'll be able to create statement-making designs that will leave everyone in awe.

So don't wait another second – get the Cricut Explore Air 2 today and take your artistry up a notch!