used in combination with foil stamping, embossing is a process that
alters the surface of paper stock or other substrates by providing
a three-dimensional or raised effect on selected areas. The procedure
requires the use of two dies: one that is raised and one that is recessed.
The dies fit into each other so that when the paper is pressed between
them, the raised die forces the stock into the recessed die and creates
the embossed impression. A specific level of pressure is applied to
the dies in order to squeeze the fibers of the paper, which results
in a permanently raised area in the paper.