Design Inspiration For Custom Embossed Wedding Invitations [Gallery]

A nice embossing of a monogram or other design element can add a luxurious and elegant touch to a wedding invitation. A few ideas to consider would be to get a get blind embossing which means no finishing is applied to the embossed area – creating a minimalist design. Then there is also foil printing – this is when a glossy, metallic (gold, silver, etc), or matte foil layer is applied to the embossed area. Below are a few other ideas to consider when printing your wedding invitations.

A & J Embossed Invitations

AJ Embossed Invitation AJ Embossed Invitation


Ester and Manuel

Wedding Invitation Blind Embossed Wedding Invitation Blind Embossed


Rose Embossing on Pearl Card

Rose Embossing

Design Examples of Blind Embossed Wedding Invitations

B&R Wedding Invitation Design

Wedding Design Wedding Graphic Design Wedding Graphic Design


H Wedding

Blind Embossed Blind Embossed wedding cake design


Esther & Alberto Pocket Invitations

Wedding Invite White Wedding Invite White


Coat of Arms Invitation With a Wax Seal

Coat Of Arms Wedding Invite Coat Of Arms Wedding Invite


Monica and Kevin

Birds Wedding Invitation Birds Wedding Invitation

Foil Printing Combined With Embossing

A&R Foil Embossed Coat of Arms and Border 

Foil Embossed Wedding Invitation Foil Embossed Wedding Invitation



Anchor Foil Embossed

Other Embossed Printing Options

Printing on Embossed Card – Jeffrey & Madeline

Embossed Paper Wedding Embossed Paper Wedding

The Benefits of Going The DIY Homemade Route

Something that you could do is to have a hand crank embosser made up with a monogram, calla lily flowers, seashells, damask designs, or other graphics. You can then have the wedding invitations printed out at a printer and save money by embossing them at home. But it doesn’t have to stop there – this embosser can also be used to create personalized, handmade, and cheap embossed wedding napkins, paper stationary, place settings, thank you cards, or anything else really.

A Hand Embosser

Hand Embosser


D &K – Made With a Cuttlebug

DIY Emboss Cuttlebug


You could always just emboss a seal and stick that onto a blank card:

Homemade Wedding Invitation Homemade Wedding Invitation

The Opposite: Debossing

Debossing is an alternative printing method. Instead of having a raised image when you get embossing done, debossing indents the image into the card:

Nicole and Anthony

Debossed Wedding Invitation Debossed Wedding Invitation


Venn Diagram

Venn Diagram Wedding Invitation Venn Diagram Wedding Invitation


Alexandra & Evan

Debossed Wedding Invite Debossed Wedding Invite Debossed Wedding Invite

Image Credits: AJ, Ester and Manuel, Rose, B&R, H Wedding, Esther & Alberto, Coat of Arms, Monica and Kevin, A&R, Anchor, Jeffrey & Madeline, D&K, TPKTPL, Nicole and Anthony, Venn Diagram, Alexandra & Evan

We have gone and listed the finest printers that can create beautiful printed materials for your wedding at our Printing Companies Directory page. You can even see examples of their work.


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Designer Printers Directory: Embossed, Foil Printing, Business Cards, Wedding Invitations, etc.

If you are looking for a high quality printer, either for your business cards, wedding invitations, or other printing project, then take a look at these companies and their work. We have printers from all across the US, and printers in London, Australia, Canada, and Japan who can do letterpress, foil printing, and embossed business cards, wedding invitations, and even seals.


  • New York

Publicide NYCsite

Printing Portfolio:

Publicide NYC Publicide NYC Publicide NYC


Terrapin NYC site

Printing Portfolio:

Terrapin NYC Printing Terrapin NYC Printing Terrapin NYC Printing


  • California

Burdge Cooper Los Angeles, CA site

Printing Portfolio:

Burdge Los Angeles Printer Burdge Los Angeles Printer Burdge Los Angeles Printer


Dependable Letterpress San Francisco, CAsite

Printing Portfolio:

Dependable San Francisco Dependable San Francisco Dependable San Francisco



  • Brisbane

Bespoke Letterpress site

Vintage Wedding Invitations:

Vintage Invitation Brisbane Vintage Invitation Brisbane Vintage Invitation Brisbane


  • Melbourne

St. Gertrudesite

Printing Portfolio:

Melbourne Printing

Melbourne Printing Melbourne Printing


The Hungry Workshopsite

Printing Portfolio:

Melbourne Printer Melbourne Printer Melbourne Printer


  • Sydney


Printing Portfolio:

Sydney Embossed Printing Sydney Embossed Printing Sydney Embossed Printing


The Distillerysite

Printing Portfolio:

Distillery Business Cards Distillery Business Cards Distillery Business Cards



  • Toronto

Flash site

Printing Portfolio:

Toronto Printing Company Toronto Printing Company Toronto Printing Company


  • Montreal

Prisma Copiesite

Printing Portfolio:

Montreal Printers Montreal Printers Montreal Printers



  • Flintshire

Blush Publishing site

Printing Portfolio:

Blush Printer Blush Printer Blush Printer


  • London


Printing Portfolio:

London Printing London Printing London Printing



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Design Studio – The Difference: Embossed vs. Debossed Printing

What is Emboss Printing: Embossing is when you raise an image to create a 3D graphic. This is done by pushing a metal die on the back of the paper, card, or whatever material you are using so the front will have the raised image.

What is Deboss Printing: Debossing is when you create an indent in the material you are using. This is done by stamping a metal die on the front of the material. You can leave the debossing as it is (also known as a blind deboss) or you can fill the indentation with ink.

Marquee Wines Debossed Logo Stationary Set:

Debossed Stationary

When it comes to business card designs, deboss printing is less common than embossing. However if you deboss on a thick card, only one side of the business card will be affected. Whereas with embossing, you’ll have the reverse image on the back of the card, and the embossed image on the front.

Business cards, book covers, notebooks are some things that can be custom embossed or debossed. You have a lot more design options when it comes to debossing vs embossing. For example you can deboss leather, and it is easier to machine deboss silicon wristbands, bracelets, and dog tags among other items.

Here is an example of a business card design that uses both debossing and embossing. “Agent” is embossed while “Ink” is debossed:

Agent Ink Debossed Cards

Landmark Manchester Brochure – Has both embossed and debossed areas:

Landmark Manchester Brochure Design

Here is an example of debossing that is seen on both sides of the card:

Distillery Business Cards

Distillery Business Cards

And here are two design examples that have debossing which only affects one side:

Villainy Business Card Design Villainy Business Card Design JH Designs JH Designs JH Designs

Image Credits: AgentInk & Marquee Wines, Landmark Manchester, Distillery Business Cards, Villainy, JH

For a range of printers who can do premium embossed or debossed printing, have a look at our listing and photos on our Directory page. For more printing resources have a look at our related links:


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Design Printing Guide: What is Foil Embossing

Foil printing is when you heat up a custom made metal die, place a sheet of foil paper between the die and the item you want printing on – the heat from the die then transfers the foil onto the item you are printing on. Embossed printing is when you use a custom made die to raises a design on the paper to create a 3D image. Foil embossed printing is when you combine the two processes – first foil printing the design is done then have the same design embossed as seen in the pictures below.

This process can be used for to create a range of items: business cards, envelop seals, labels, stickers, letter heads, magazine covers, and craft paper.

Henry Embossed Foil Printed

Options: Foil sheets can come in a range of different types. You have the metals like aluminum, copper, and gold colored sheets. You can also foil stamp with hologram paper.

(Other terms for foil printing include dry stamping, leaf stamping, hot foil stamping.)

How Is Foil Embossing Done?

There are 2 ways to go about it:

The first way is to do the printing in 2 machine runs: the first run is the foil printing, and then you’d come back and run the materials again for the embossing.

The second way to do it is to have a combination die made which allows you to do the foil stamping and embossing all at once. Combination dies are more expensive and take more time to make – so if you have a small printing job it would be better to go with the first option and do 2 runs.

Henry Embossed Foil Printed Henry Embossed Foil Printed Carluccios Tags Honor Foil Embossed Print Anthem Printed Cards

And to see how foil printing works have a look at this video that shows the making of the $50,000 Hermes Leica Camera (the foil printing happens at 2:47).

Our listing of printers on our Directory page has a range of high quality printers who can do embossed, foil, or letterpress printing. We have also included examples of their work, making it easier to find the right printing company to work with.

Image Credits: Henry Co Posters, Anthem, Honor, Carluccio’s

Here is our Gallery of Foil Embossed Business Cards. For other printing resources have a look at our related posts:


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