What it looks like: Think of it as engraving but on a slightly larger scale. Letters and images appear raised but colorless. It's perfect for monograms and bordering. The look is subtle yet modern.

How it's done: This non-ink technique is most often used for border motifs or design extras. It creates a raised-relief surface for added dimension.

Paper pointers: Embossing is typically done on thicker paper stock so the designs show up with crisp lines and impressions.

Ink tips: Inkless embossing (or blind embossing) is a popular choice for a delicate touch. Adding colored ink is also an option, but it could limit the flexibility of your design.

Turnaround time: Embossing generally takes about about two to three weeks.