Embossing Board

Embossing board is a soft yellow board to be used in conjunction with blind embossing dies to form the male counterpart.  This material can also be known as Coverboard.

How Embossing Board is used:

The board is fixed to the machine bed and then moistened with a damp cloth or spray.

After a few impressions are made, the Embossing Board conforms precisely to the die producing a durable blind embossing counter.

This provides a quick, clean and very effective method of forming a male counter for blind embossing.

It can also be used on top of a liquid and powder formed counter to give extra depth if this is required and aid in smoothing out stock.

Embossing Board can significantly reduce make-ready time when compared to powder techniques which involve prolonged drying time.


  1. Attach a piece of Epoxy Glass board or Pertinax to the make-ready plate of your machine.
  2. Cut a suitable piece of yellow Embossing Board and place it over the Epoxy Glass or Pertinax with double sided tape.
  3. Run the machine through one impression, making sure that the Embossing Board is in the correct area for the die to hit.
  4. Wet the Embossing Board with water (this enables the Embossing Board to shape itself to the female die) and run the machine through 5-6 impressions.
  5. When this is complete there will be an exact copy of the die on the Embossing Board. However, the edges of the die will be showing, these edges should be removed by chamfering.
  6. When the above steps have been completed, the new counter should be protected by placing a piece of soft blotting paper over the top of the Embossing Board.