Embossing is the process whereby a new dimension is added to any surface, which can be pressed upon. This new raised dimension could be a design, pattern, lettering, logo, seal or anything at all. The surface could be anything on which you can press and leave an impression. Paper is the most popular surface for embossing but cloth, wood, glass, tiles and even terra cotta pots can be embossed upon.
Embossing is an elegant process that adds aesthetic appeal to the object. It also has many functional uses.
Aesthetic / Commercial Uses Of Embossing
- Embossing is commonly used to make paper objects like cards, letter writing paper and envelops, thank you notes, paper gift bags and other kinds of stationery. With just a small-embossed design the paper objects become very appealing and sell for more.
- Embossing is a great method for personalizing gifts like a leather wallet or diary. The name or a message can be embossed on the gift to make the recipient feel extra special.
- Embossed fabrics are very popular with women not only for curtains and cushion covers but also to design fashionable clothing to wear. Velvet evening gowns with an intricate emboss are fit to be work to the Oscars.
Functional / Industrial Uses Of Embossing
- Business cards are probably one of the largest applications of embossing used in the corporate world. Embossed letterheads, cards and office stationery are often used by large corporations to portray a professional and yet elegant look.
- Embossing is also used for the publishing of Braille symbols and books for the blind. This use of embossing alone puts the technique in a class of its own.
- Another popular use of embossing is in credit cards, debit cards, ATM cards and other membership cards and forms of identification. The name and date of birth of the individual are embossed onto the card in just a few minutes to expedite the entire membership process.
- The advertising and marketing industry is also a fan of embossing. It is a popular style used for promotional materials. It is also a popular way to imprint brand names on freebies and giveaways so that the brand name is present in an unobtrusive way.
- Embossing on fabric is also very popular. The textile industry uses embossing for everything from curtains, drapes, cushion covers and bed spreads to shirts, dresses, caps and casual wear as well.
- Embossing is also popularly used on bookbindings of classic leather bound books. In fact between the Civil war and World War I editions of the bible and other valuable books were sold in two versions – the embossed and the unembossed. The former obviously sold for a better price.
Thus, there are many uses of embossing. In fact embossing is a technique that simply requires a surface. You don’t need a reason to emboss something. Just do it to make it look prettier than it already is!