Embossing and Debossing

Embossing and Debossing are print techniques that create a 3D effect on your given surface. They involve creating either a raised (embossed) or depressed (debossed) indent into the material you are printing on. An embossed pattern is raised above the surface of your card, while a debossed pattern is pushed into it, thus sinking the logo or image into the card (or your chosen material).

They are amongst our most popular finishing services, creating a three dimensional effect that really pops from the otherwise flat surface, drawing attention and creating an elegant and quality finish.

Embossing and Debossing work well on their own, but adding foiling to your embossed design is a great way of creating maximum stand out – adding foil to the raised surface creates a truly impactful finish on your printed materials.

See our page on Foiling for more information on this eye-catching print technique.

Embossing & Debossing

Embossing is the process of deforming a flat sheet of paper to lift or indent it into a desired shape.

Debossing is the process by which a pattern, image or logo is pushed down into the surface of the card (or chosen material)

  • Embossing is where the readable image is pressed upwards creating a raised readable image.
  • Debossing is where the readable image is presses down creating an indented readable image.
  • Blind embossing is where the embossed sheet is adhered to a 2nd sheet and the reverse indented side of the sheet is then hidden from sight.

A male and female tool are made from metal, engraved to the desired detail required. The substrate to be embossed is placed between the two tools and placed under pressure. The flat substrate then takes on the detail of the two embossing blocks.

We do and it’s a great way to create something special for your invite, though it does add an extra cost so isn’t for everybody. If you want to spend a little more on your invites to create something really unique then we are more than happy to print your item. We’ve done plenty of wedding invitations in the past that involve both embossing and foiling.

Yes, as long as the design is right. The more precise approach is to foil or emboss a flat sheet and make the envelope up afterwards.

Certainly, we can mix foiling and embossing on the same job separately or even foil and emboss the same detail at the same time. The end effect is raised area that catches the light, bringing out the best of both these finishing techniques.

We are always happy to advise so please give us a call and talk to us.

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