What is Blind Embossing?
A type of embossing where no ink is used. Blind embossing is used to create a raised design on paper. Two dies are created, one with the raised design one with the recessed design, the paper is then pressed between them both to create an embossed design on the front and debossed design on the back.
Why would you use Blind Embossing?
Embossing creates a subtle design in the paper which can be both seen and felt. Embossing adds to the visual and tactile elements of a print design. It can be enhanced with ink or used alone.
Blind Embossing has different styles:
- A flat die creates a three-dimensional image; its straight edges produce a sharp reproduction of black and white line art
- A round die creates a smoother, curved image
- Bevelled embossing gives an image with sloping sides and allows for a deeper impression
- Sculptured dies create real dimension by forming the paper to several layers
When using embossing for your project it is key to consider the aim and audience of your project. These factor combined with the weight and detail of your design may have an impact on the style of emboss and the paper you may use.
Blind embossing can be complemented or enhanced with other print techniques such as engraving, spot UV and foiling.
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