What is the difference between Blind Letterpress and Embossing?

Blind Letterpress

Blind letterpress creates a debossed impression in the card and is just letterpress without the use of any ink – we use the same process of using negatives to create a polymer plate which is then loaded into the machine ready to be impressed into your stock of choice. The result is a tactile impression, without any colour.

(you can read more about the letterpress process here)

Consider carefully the areas of your design to be blind letterpressed – we don’t recommend it for any important text details of a design as it can be quite difficult to read without the definition that coloured ink provides – especially on darker stocks. We get the best impression on softer stocks like cotton in lighter shades, as the shadows help with it's legibility. 

It's best used for more subtle design elements and to add that luxury tactile value.


Soft and subtle, the embossing method creates tactile impact without the use of any colour. It requires two custom made plates that fit into each other to alter the surface of your paper.

The plates fit into each other with precision, so that when the paper is pressed between them, the raised plate forces the stock into the recessed plate. A specific level of pressure is applied in order to squeeze the fibres of the paper, which results in that beautiful, permanently raised area that is just so hard to resist running your fingers over (don’t say we didn’t warn you!).

Be sure to check out our Artwork Guidelines for important details to consider when creating your designs for blind letterpress or embossing. Whilst it's available on a variety of stocks, we recommend using a mid-to-light paper colour so that the shadows of the embossing can help with legibility.

Please email our friendly Customer Service department for any quotes on embossing.

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