Embossing is achieved by applying heat and pressure using male and female dies. The female die is placed on a platen bed with a pliable substrate (male) which cures under heat and dwell time. The female die images are usually etched into copper, zinc, brass or dual material, with a force (male) plastic material to give the emboss effect. This operation can be used in conjunction with foil blocking, letterpress, litho and digital printing on most papers & board materials, including synthetic.
Heavy weight boards may require special blocks if they are to be successfully embossed. Blind embossing is most effective when the image is simply impregnated into or reversed out of plain unprinted material. Security images are effective on event tickets, being a low cost method of making your printing safe and secure.
This is a method of sinking the image area into the substrate. The images stand up from the base. Dies are made from plastic, zinc, brass or copper to suit, and can be hand cut to give form to detailed areas. The base material can be punched direct into the substrate if a thick material is specified or pre-printed Letterpress, foil (Litho or Digital on lighter weights of card and paper). Security images can also be achieve by this process.