Shortly after the 15th century, personalizing stationary by embossing, engraving and other methods became a popular request. These methods go as far back as hand-engraving of materials like leather. Embossing came to be more widely used in the early 19th century with the modernization of printing services being more affordable.

What is Embossing?

Embossing and debossing are the processes of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs in paper and other materials. An embossed pattern is raised against the background, while a debossed pattern is sunken into the surface of the material (but might protrude somewhat on the reverse, back side).

Embossing is used to create a distinctive visual effect by altering the surface of paper stock or other substrates, providing a three-dimensional or raised effect on selected areas. 

Various options for embossing are available at NB Bookbinding to give you the best outcome for your project.

Blind Emboss

Blind embossing is simply visible by the impression created by the metal die. No additional finish is added for visual effect.

Registered emboss

Registered embossing is a process that places the embossed image in alignment with another element created with ink, foil, punching, or with a second embossed image.


Glazing refers to an embossed area that has a shiny or polished appearance. Most often this process is accomplished with heat that is applied with pressure in order to create a shiny impression on the stock.

Combination emboss

Combination embossing is the process of embossing and foil stamping the same image. This method has a more visual impact.


Pastelling is also referred to as tint leaf embossing. It involves the process of using a combination die to provide a subtle antique appearance to a substrate that is embossed and foil stamped.


 As the temperature of the die heating plate is increased beyond a normal temperature range, a scorched effect is created in the embossed image, which results in an antique or shaded appearance.

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