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Letterpress Embossing Plates

Letterpress Emboss Invitation

So you want to emboss… good for you!  Embossing is one of the simplest ways of adding decoration to your print projects with your press.  The nature of embossing on a letterpress printing press means that you will always have to blind emboss, no ink, it gets in the way.  But first lets clear one thing up, embossing means that you will be pushing your design through from the back of your board or paper to create a raised design on the front of your work.  The opposite, the deboss, is when you ‘push’ your design into your board, just as you do with our normal relief letterpress printing plates.

Here, at Lyme bay Press, we have now created a process which means that we can create Embossing pairs, the male is made from a special hard but flexible resin, this is mounted on your platen after you have the female, polymer part, in position on your press.  We’ve tested the resin out on many types and thicknesses of board and are extremely happy with the results and we hope that you will be too.

We have compiled a couple of PDF’s for you as well, to help send us the correct artwork, it’s a little different to normal plate artwork, you need thicker lines… and the second PDF walks you through setting up and then using your embossing plates.

So You Want To Emboss… – So you want to Emboss

Setting up the plates – Using your Embossing plates