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Tips on Embossing

Submitted By: Mark Monteiro in Arts Tips category

You must have seen those embossed invitation cards. Does not it look great? The design, if embossed, gives the real feel to the viewers or readers. This technique of embossing is being in use for a couple of centuries now. Today, almost all of the printing presses in the world have the embossing set up in their offices. The demand for embossing will always be there, for it is the best way to put the soul into the paper. There is no need to say that three dimensional images look more real with that extra dimension of reality. The 3D images engage the viewers. Not only images, but the text, if embossed, also looks persuasive. Invitation cards, stamps, seal marks, etc., are some of the best uses of embossing. Here you can get the most relevant and useful information about embossing and some tips on embossing in the end.

Embossing is an art, where with the techniques like heating and pressing, the intended part of the paper is raised or pressed to make it look real. If the embossing is done before coloring, it is called blind embossing. Without a color, the embossing can achieve the desired results; however, coloring is done before or after the embossing in most of the cases. Usually, it requires a separate run for embossing in the printing process and that increases the costs of embossed papers. All types of papers are considered workable for embossing. In the paper industry, the embossing is done to improve the performance of the paper; for example, tissue papers, napkins, and baby diapers. The art is practiced in many countries, and it has become commercial due to the rising demand and expensive machinery required. The most used machines are the Kluge Letterpress and Heidelberg Letterpress.

Tips on Embossing

Well, who does not like to stand out in a crowd. With embossing, you can make the wrapping, cards, and other papers look beautiful and flashy. Follow the simple technique of embossing, which is given below.

  1. Stamp the image on a paper that you want to emboss

  2. Put the embossing powder on the wet image

  3. Remove the excess powder

  4. To make it dry, make use of heat-gun

And then your embossing is done. While embossing, if you want to remove the powder from an unwanted areas on the paper, make use of a soft brush or soft fabric. For such embossing, you can make use of special embossing ink available in the market. This ink remains wet longer and makes embossing easy. If you need to cut the embossed image to paste it somewhere else, make sure that you don' t cut the embossed part; it can loosen up the powder. There are many types of powders that you can use for fine detailing. Different types of powders can give different textures. Gold and silver colored powders are also used extensively for they look awesome on paper. Translucent powders give a great glowing look to the images. For the desired results, you can rub an anti-static material on the paper. This ensures the powder does not stick on around the image. Try to match the ink color and the embossing powder color for better results. To be on a safer side, use clear and not colored ink.

Dry embossing is another type of embossing, where special instruments are used to raise the image on the paper. Stylus, stencil, colors, etc., are used in this type of embossing. Stencils hold the paper and by applying the pressure with the stylus, you can raise the image. The stylus comes in different sizes. With a small stylus, you are more likely to tear the paper, so make use of a large tip stylus. The hand pressure, the size of stylus, and the right hand pressure have to be studied to create the most effective artwork. Make sure the paper and stencil remain in the same position during the process. You can use any type of paper you want, but ensure that the paper weight is enough to withstand the embossing. Coloring the embossed art is again an art. You can color the edges or an entire embossed area. Make use of color pencils, markers, acrylic paints, etc. You can also make use of sponge for effective coloring.

There are many methods to achieve the desired results. All it takes to learn any art is patience. Once you learn the tricks of embossing, it becomes a lot easier. Your friends will keep those cards that you sent them, with them, forever.

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