The early form of embossed printing began in the 15th century when hot stamping plates were introduced into printing in order to create personalised stationery including embossing, engraving and blind stamping.
The History of Embossing
Embossing as we know it today didn’t transpire until the early 19th century when printing services became more affordable. Some forward-thinking businessmen realised that embossing could create eye-catching designs that would help to build a memorable brand identity.
Embossing alters the surface of paper or other materials by creating a three-dimensional or raised effect on selected areas. The process is extremely simple and a cost-effective way of enhancing the look and texture of the paper.
The procedure requires the use of two magnesium, copper or brass dies, one that is raised and one that is recessed. The dies fit into each other so that when the paper is pressed between them, the raised die forces the stock into the recessed die and creates the embossed impression.
A specific level of pressure is applied to the dies in order to squeeze the fibres of the paper, which results in a permanently raised area in the paper.
When & Where is Embossing Used?
Adding embossing gives elegance to all kinds of printed materials including business cards, letterheads, envelopes, invitations, flyers and wedding stationery.