If you just want to do embossing, the Sizzix Texture Boutique is the way to go (imo) You can find it under $25 and you can use coupons at the box stores (M's Jo's and HL). You can find it here at sb.com for $26.99. It will work with all of the embossing folders that are the A2 folders, measuring 5 3/4" x 4 1/2" x 1/8".
I have read several of the other posts on embossing machines. I already own a cricut. I am looking for an relatively inexpensive way to emboss. Alright ladies....what are my options and what do I do?
If you know you do NOT want a manual cutting machine like the big shot or the cuttlebug, and you know you ONLY want to emboss,,,,,
one of the cheapest ways to do that is this machine. It ONLY embosses. Use a coupon and it's even cheaper. It embosses the embossing folders (also shown) for tons of embossing choices at relatively cheap cost.
However, this machine will NOT cut, so if you like the idea of nesties or some of the Tim Holtz dies, this machine will NOT cut them. It ONLY embosses.
If you think you MIGHT get into dies (also shown below), then I suggest the big shot/kick or the cuttlebug.
I debated between a Cuttlebug and Texture Boutique for a few weeks before I decided on the Cuttlebug. I figured I was only going to use it for embossing as well since I also have a Cricut.
I am now using my Cuttlebug for nesties and TH dies. I am very happy I went with the CB because I had the option of using dies if I wanted and as Holly stated, you can't cut dies with the Texture Boutique.
So if you want "relatively" inexpensive with the option of using it for more than embossing, the Cuttlebug is the way to go. To be fair though, I haven't priced Big Shot machines so that may be an option too depending on your price range.
I would say cuttlebug or big shot. I know you only want to emboss, but why limit your abilities for not very much money. You might want to cut in the future. I think CB is a little cheaper. I've had a CB forever and it was just fine. I got a BS and I love it so much more. Mainly because it stays in place better. Just watch the sales and coupons and get what you can get the best deal on.