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Blind Embossing

Blind Embossing produces a raised image with a three dimensional effect without foil or ink behind it.  To accomplish this process, we use hand or machine tooled brass dies.  The image can be single, or multi-leveled, and can produce great detail and sculpture.

The texture of the paper being used can be ironed out to create contrast between the embossed image and the paper stock.

When choosing a paper for blind embossing, certain factors should be considered.  Papers of heavier weight and texture will produce greater depth and detail of the embossed image.  Techniques such as scorching (for lighter colored paper) and glazing (for darker colored paper) should be considered.  Both are achieved by using additional heat than what is normally used for embossing and both produce excellent results. 

Pasteling, or tinting, is a foil process that can be used with Blind Embossing.  It adds a soft, subtle color to lighter colored papers.  The combination of blind embossing and tint foil produces an attractive finished piece with an antiqued look.

Design Tips:

Artwork should indicate whether beveled or rounded edges are wanted and the type of stock that is to be embossed.

For greater depth, more letter space should be allowed in the artwork; extremely small art or lettering should be avoided.

If the embossing is a picture or actual object, supply both a line drawing and a photograph, or a detailed sketch and description.

When creating a sculpted or multi-level embossing, supply a tissue overlay color coded for the different levels and textures.

When embossing large, deep areas, allow excess trim of at least 1-2" to eliminate pinching or buckling.

Stationery to be embossed should be heavy enough to withstand the pressure of embossing.  25% cotton or better is best suited.

Avoid coated papers when a deep, detailed embossing is needed.  Coatings will crack and split when stretched too far: however a shallow, single lever emboss can be accomplished on coated papers.