A Guide to Embossing and De-bossing

If you’re looking for more depth and variety on your next project, consider embossing or de-bossing.  What is Embossing? In its simplest form embossing a page involves putting focused pressure on a target area. It begins by printing ink onto the paper and then pressing the printed area with a die, causing the ink to protrude up from the page.  De-bossing is the same as embossing except that the die is pressed downwards, causing the image to recede rather than to rise up.

Embossing and de-bossing can be performed on most types of paper and card stock, but the thickness of the sheet determines how detailed the embossing job can be. Thinner sheets allow you to impress more detailed designs, but they also run the risk of breaking under the pressure of the die. On the other hand, thick sheets are unlikely to break, but they can only have simple designs printed on them.  MGS has been offering Embossing/De-Bossing services for over 15years and we would be happy to walk you through the advantages of each.



Besides ink, you can also emboss and deboss metallic foil into your documents, giving your pages a bright, colorful sheen that ordinary paper can’t offer. Foil embossing and debossing, also known as combination stamping, can be used to place emphasis on words, to create more varied illustrations, or simply to decorate the margins of the page.

More and more clients/designers are utilizing another decorative option referred to as  “blind” embossing and de-bossing, which involves putting pressure on blank sections of paper. Whereas ink and foil methods call attention to the image they’re impressing, blind methods give your paper more subtle distinctions. If you want to include a corporate logo on your document, blind embossing is the method of choice, as it puts the image in your reader’s mind without seeming obvious or out of place.  This gives a very clean look that is timeless.

Whether you are seeking to make your documents easier to understand, insert subtle information, or simply add beauty and distinction to your pages, embossing and debossing add a new range of ways to distinguish your prints.

If you would like to see and feel the differences of each method, please let us know and we would be happy to send you out a sample package with these quality finishings.

Until next time stay creative….