June 14th, 2018

On a previous blog, we covered special finishes to create outstanding print work. Embossing is a classic printing process, referring to the creation of an impression of some kind of design, decoration, lettering or pattern into a card stock. Squeezing the paper medium between two specially carved plates creates the image. Embossing and debossing are the processes of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs in paper and other materials. An embossed pattern is raised against the background, while a debossed pattern sinks into the surface of the material (but might protrude somewhat on the reverse, back side).

Where You May Use Or See Embossing

As well as embossing a printed area, you can emboss an un-printed area which is known as blind embossing. Put simply, blind embossing is a form of embossing where the resulting raised image is the same colour as the paper and is not stamped over a printed image or foil. We’re seeing a lot of blind embossing work on business cards, packaging, wedding stationery, menus and invitations at the moment. The great benefit of using this technique is the high quality, elegant finish it carries, giving the products/brand material a minimalist and luxurious look. The Most Popular Embossing Techniques’

There are now many more popular embossing techniques being used in the industry, take a look at our favourites:

Blind embossing 

is achieved by using no ink during the process, so the image is raised and uses the colour of the material only. The end result is extremely elegant, subtle and can be used to add a special touch to printed materials.

Combination embossing

 is achieved when embossing techniques are combined with foil stamping by using a combination dye. This is particularly popular for adding a little glitz to luxury event brochures and wedding invitations.

Fluted embossing

 is achieved when the embossed image is either aligned with another embossed image or with printed graphics. This is often used with foil blocking to bring grandeur to brand material.

Pastel embossing

 uses a combination of dye and is used to provide a subtle antique appearance to material being foil stamped and embossed. This works best when lighter coloured stocks are used for a delicate contrasting effect.

Glazing emboss 

gives a finished embossed area a shiny, polished appearance through the combination of heat and pressure. This works most effectively on coloured stocks.

Scorching emboss

 is when, instead of polishing the stock, a scorched effect is created on an embossed image by increasing the temperature of the heating plate beyond the normal range. This works best on lighter coloured stocks.

Watch out for our next blog which will give you the essential tips needed to create truly spectacular embossments.


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