This Spellbinders double sided embossing folder is very different from the regular embossing we are accustomed to using. At first I could not achieve a solid impression but finally I found the perfect sandwich. For the Big Shot I started with the base white platform...decided which design I wanted and put the paper in the folder. Then put the folder on top of the platform and then placed a piece of cardboard from a tea box and then placed the Cutting C plate and put it through the Big Shot....Perfect complete embossed cardstock. When I use my Grand Calibur I have to use the new Raspberry embossing plate. Works perfect. These new machines all work a little different.....so you need to find what works best for you. I do enjoy using these folders once I found the right sandwich.