To mark, print or incise letters or designs onto a surface, usually paper, with a photo-etched and hand-finished die. The die, or engraving, is usually metal, although it can be stone, wood or other materials. Engravings are one level and shallow to carry ink in the recessed areas of the die before transferring the ink to the paper. Read the 'Designer's Guide to Foil Stamping and Embossing' for more information. For foil manufacturers click here.
to cut into the surface of an object, as in a cylinder seal or gem; also to create a form of print by cutting onto the surface of a metal plate which is then inked and pressed against the paper. See intaglio.