New Park Lane Paperie Embossing Frames Review, Tutorial, and GIVEAWAY!


Joann Fabrics stores have been making some changing to their paper crafting departments, which now include a new line of product from "Park Lane Paperie".  In a you get what you pay for world I typically avoid the discount / store brands when it comes to the chain craft stores because the quality usually pales in comparison, but I was intrigued with the display of new brightly colored embossing folders, and then my eye drew to a pack of "Embossing Frames".  These frames are to be used with your embossing folders, to create a diffused portion where the embossing doesn't appear on the card stock, leaving an embossed frame around a smooth surface idea for stamping images or sentiments. 


I've only seen such a product from one other place, a Sizzix / Tim Holtz collaboration. The Sizzix brand comes in packs of 3, with 3 different styles to choose from. They retail for $13 per 3 pack, making the Park Lane Paperie option much more affordable at $14.99 for a 7 pack. But do they compare?



As you can see, the Park Lane Paperie embossing frames are smaller both in area and thickness. The Sizzix Diffusers are over 1/8th inch thick made from a sturdy Plexiglas material that barely beds, while the Park Lane Paperie embossing frames barely register on the ruler and are a flexible plastic material that could almost be folder in half if you really wanted to. The Sizzix option is 4.5" x 6" where as the Park Lane option is your standard a2 size at 4.25" x 5.5". Personally I don't see the necessity or reason behind the extra half inch on the sizzix option. Most embossing folders are either 4.25" x 5.5" or  5" x 7" (which neither option would work with). 

But the real question is how do they perform. When I went to test out the frames I came on my frustration. No instructions. 

The sizzix option gives clear instructions on the plate sandwich you should use with your machine to achieved desired results. Their instruction were clear and accurate for my Sizzix Big Shot. The Park Lane Paperie option however was going to involve some trial and error and plenty of wasted card stock. 



I tried pretty much ever sandwich option that would run through the machine and landed on the one that works best, top to bottom:

Metal Shim
Cutting Plate
Embossing Frame
Embossing Folder w/ Paper
Cutting Platform with both Tabs

This is negative #2, the need for a metal shim. Not everyone has one, I didn't until recently. There are 2 other sandwich options that will work, just not the best, depending on the accessories you have. Top to bottom:

Cutting Plate
Embossing Frame
Embossing Folder with Paper
Cutting Platform with both Tabs

Cutting Plate
Rubber Embossing Mat
Embossing Frame
Embossing Folder w/ Paper
Cutting Platform with 1 tab

These can also be used with the cuttlebug however the embossing is not as dramatic. For the cuttlebug you will just use plates A and C with your embossing folder, paper, and frame in between. 

So what can you make?



I used the embossing frames not only for their intended purpose, but also as a mask to do some ink blending onto the negative un-embossed space. 


In this example I've used the embossing frame with a sizzix embossing folder and some heavier weight card stock. It left a nice 3d impression leaving the center area diffused and without embossing, allowing me to make that the focal point of the card. 


On this card I've used the embossing frames with a Park Lane Paperie embossing folder as well. You can see from the photo, the embossing is much more subtle and less of a 3d effect. I've only played with the one folder, so I can't give a full opinion on the quality of these folders, and whether this particular folder may have been intended to be more subtle.  I do like the variety available, and will probably pick up a few more in the future. 

One thing worth noting, while doing some research for this review I did come across an obviously similar product available from Darice. It does appear as though the Darice line has been rebranded as Park Lane Paperie, at least in Joann Stores. So it may be safe to assume anything marketed as Park Lane Paperie is actually Darice. 

Overall, I think the Park Lane Paperie embossing frames are worth the small investment (if on sale or with coupon😂 ) to have another simple tool at your disposal to change up your card making. While they have the obvious con of lacking instructions, once you know the sandwich your set. I do also wish the product didn't require accessories to work at its best, however there are work arounds available. This 7 pack offers the best variety of design for the cost as compared to others on the market, of course, I am by no means an expert and this is just my personal opinion. 

And that's my 2 cents! Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you'll join me on my crafty journey, find more crafty fun on my Instagram and Facebook Page

Giveaway

How would you like to win your own set of the Park Lane Paperie Embossing Frames + 2 of their new embossing folders? You can enter below using the rafflecopter giveaway. Open to readers with a US or Canada mailing address.



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10 comments:

  1. Such bright and fun cards!! So sweet of you to share!

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  2. Thanks for the review, I always wonder when I see the off brand products. Thanks for the sandwich order since there are no instructions. I want to try these.

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  3. What a fun product! Love the pricepoint on them too! Your cards are just too adorable Kristina!

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  4. Thanks for this...I don't get out to J's very often and might have to take a peek at these. Love your cards!

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  5. Thanks for the opportunity...always looking to trying something new (to me, anyways!)

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  6. Adorable cards! Thanks for the chance to win a very fun prize too!

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  7. Your cards are adorable! Congrats on your PS win, and congrats to ~amy~ on winning the bundle!

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  8. I bought the Park Lane Embossing Frames and came across the same frustration. I tried your first suggestion and about a dozen other configurations but I still cannot get the frames to work using the Sizzix Big Shot. No matter how I do it there is always some very noticeable embossing on the part that is supposed to be diffused. I really would like to use these but I’m at a complete loss. 😢

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    1. You have the Park Lane white frame thing on the outside of the embossing folder right? What about paper, what kind of paper are you using. I don't think that should matter, but I was using an 80 or 100lb paper

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    2. Yep, on the outside of the embossing folder. It does diffuse some but it’s still embossing - especially around the edge of the cut out on the frame. I’ve been using basic cardstock. I’ll try a thicker paper and see if that does the trick.

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