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How Can I Achieve the Best Results in Embossing?

Answered by Stora Enso

I'm disappointed with the results of my last embossing project. I used an 80# cover stock, but the impression is too subtle and hard to read. What advice can you give me that will help me achieve a better result?

Typically, the best results are achieved with a bulky paper stock, such as 100-pound cover. A heavy stock provides the most dramatic effect, since the embossing can push deeper into the surface, and the stock can handle the pressure generated by the die. While thinner stocks can be used, the depth of the emboss needs to be limited. Embossing also tends to work best with a softer finish, like those found on uncoated papers, because softer finishes have less tendency to wrinkle or crack. What's more, the embossed image can be burnished—or heat tinted—to a smooth, gloss surface that stands out against the uncoated sheet. Matte and dull coated papers may also be used, however, and even gloss coated paper can be used if the dies are cut with softer edges. Otherwise the hard surface of the gloss coated paper can crack beneath the pressure of the die.

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