How are paper stamps made

Embossing stamp

The embossing stamps are special stamps, the stamp plates of which are often made by hand by an engraver. In contrast to conventional stamps, in which only a color impression is made on the paper, textiles or other materials, motifs, lettering and the like applied with embossing stamps appear more elevated.


With embossing stamps, the motif to be embossed can be applied from below as well as from above. Simultaneous double-sided printing - as is the case with coins, for example - is also possible. Both electric and hand-used stamps are offered. Embossing pliers represent a subspecies of this. These can be operated manually and are suitable, for example, for embossing wax seals, embellishing letter forms and the like.

Embossing dies are mostly made of brass, magnesium or zinc. The thickness of the embossed plate is usually 7 mm. Brass is therefore preferred to other metals because it is more flexible despite its hardness. The stamp motif is usually applied by an engraver who uses a graver and milling cutter. The motifs and lettering can also be etched, but this is a little more difficult.

useful information

If you want to use embossing pliers or an embossing stamp, you should read the respective product description carefully. Here it is usually also listed for which grammages the stamps are maximally suitable. For example, the Trodat Ideal embossing pliers with a diameter of 4.1 centimeters are suitable for paper thicknesses of up to 100 grams.

In contrast to conventional stamps, embossing pliers or an embossing stamp can do without ink. The desired lettering and the motif are only highlighted by means of printing.


As already mentioned, no stamp ink is required for these stamps. The lettering or the motif is carved out of the paper or other material by pressing the lever of the pliers or the stamp. Most embossing stamps are made by hand, here an engraver works the corresponding motif out of the stamp plate. To do this, he can use various options (engraving, etching, milling).


Embossing stamps and pliers are much heavier than conventional stamps. The greater weight also ensures that the motif does not slip so quickly and that the stamp can withstand the higher pressure very well. You will enjoy a stamp for many years. And if the motif is no longer up-to-date, you can of course have it exchanged for another.

Embossing stamp - possible uses

Embossing stamps can be used, for example, to decorate important documents, private letters, but also documents, etc. They are also suitable for letterpress printing and printing on leather and other solid materials. Notaries use embossing stamps - which contain the official seal as a motif - to seal important documents with wax, for example.

A subtype of embossing stamps are the so-called gold stamps. Here, the area to be stamped is heated, covered with a gold foil and then the imprint is made - for example on leather book spines, but also on mourning and wreath ribbons.


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