I have access to a die-cut and embossing machine and have some questions for y'all. These images are the results of testing some 20 pound bond (75 g/m2) paper using a wood pattern embossing folder. (An embossing folder is a piece of plastic with positive and negative plates that you insert a sheet of paper or foil between them which is then pressed under a heavy duty metal roller.)
This is a sheet of single ply paper which is heavily distressed and damaged, is this a useful effect?
This is one half of the folded two ply paper and there is a uniform distressing of the paper fibers on each side.
This is one sheet of the three ply embossing test and the other two are also torn, I tried a single sheet of 80 pound bond card stock and it doesn't do well in these folders.
- Should I use forty pound bond card stock to achieve the desired result in the second photograph?
- Are these embossing folders supposed to always rend paper fibers of differently weighted paper bonds or gently pull them apart as seen in the two ply example photograph?
- What advice & experience can you all offer when using these embossing folders with different materials?
- Is there high quality sturdy vellum that will evenly deform when using these embossing folders instead of being rent?