This machine comes with the platform, standard pads & the thin die adapter. This is my first Big Shot and Iâ€™m finding different brand embossing folders require some creative â€śshimmingâ€ť by me. Iâ€™ve used extra scrap paper and/or a thin piece of foam if I want my embossing more prominent. Die cutting works perfect, but I have to play around with embossing folders. I admit, it can be a little frustrating at times, but I know the result I want. I bought the magnetic platform also which is awesome when using a thinlet.