Embossing is accomplished by applying heat and pressure with male and female dies, usually made of copper or brass, that fit together and squeeze the fibers of the substrate. The combination of pressure and heat raises the level of the image higher than the substrate, while ironing it to make it smooth.

Debossing is similar to embossing, but recesses the design rather than raising it.

Embossing without ink, so that the image is raised but not colored, is called blind embossing. Embossing used in conjunction with ink, so that the raised area is colored, is called register embossing. Embossing used in conjunction with foil stamping is called combination stamping or combo stamping.

Embossing Specs:
  • Minimum Sheet Size is 2" X 4.25"
  • Maximum Sheet Size is 17.5" X 23.5"
  • Minimum Stock Thickness is .003"
  • Maximum Stock Thickness is .016"
  • Minimum Gripper is .5"
  • Minimum Gutters are .25"
  • Please consult us for appropriate font sizes and line thicknesses