embossing paper weight

Hello Printers!

What is the best paper weight you would recommend for embossing? For example, I have a potential client who wants business cards embossed. I usually use the 220# for a job like this, but I am wondering if there is a lighter, cheaper way to do it.


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80# dry cover (uncoated) will take a good hit up to .024” deep etching embossed cold. Avoid laid or “linen” surfaces. I wouldn’t want a really thick BC as my wallet would look like George Castanza’s. Stuart


Thanks for your advice! With the 80# there will be a heavy deboss on the reverse side. Is that acceptable/desirable?


If there is no copy on the back it shouldn’t matter what it looks like

Embossing and de-bossing are different procedures. With embossing the image is raised, and de-bossing the image is lowered into the surface of the paper. Either one is most properly done with dies, but the common usage today is just crash printing with no proper makeready. Telling a customer that you do embossing when in reality what you are doing is de-bossing can cause confusion and misunderstanding. Fine business stationery was traditionally embossed using an intaglio die on special presses. It is also done with letterpress equipment, but is very detailed work. Here is a link to a site that has some really good images of the difference between the two:


yes there is a debossed image on the back side, and yes you will want this. not only do you hand out bizz cards but you also carry them around. imagine egg cartons stacked neatly together and how they fit together. now stack them with the lids closed. if you absolutely do not want an image on the back, the only way is to deboss the front sheet, then duplex it with another on the back.

Excellent! Thank you, and thank you for the link—beautiful cards.