August 2004 Edition
…the first trade bindery in the United States to earn ISO 9001:2000 registrations
Bindagraphics now offers expanded capabilities in foil stamping, die cutting, embossing, & blanking.

Bindery Services
Perfect Binding
Layflat Adhesive Binding
PUR Binding
Saddle Stitching
Loop Stitching
Wire-O® Binding
Plastic Coil Binding
Spiral Wire Binding
Plastic Comb Binding
Remoistenable Gluing
Quarter Folding
-Miniature to Map

Finishing Services
UV Coating
Die Cutting
Foil Stamping
Shrink Wrapping
Hi-Die Cutting
Horizontal Overwrapping

Specialty Services
Magna Stripping
Tin Edging
Step Indexing
Label Aire
Wafer Sealing
Hang Tags

Ink Jet Imaging & Electronic Binding
Fixed / Variable Imaging
Selective Pocket
--Cheshire Labels
--Blow-ins & Onserts
-Saddle Stitching
--Inside / Outside
--Target Messaging
USPS Certification
List Sortation

Quality Information Packaging (QIP)
Looseleaf binders
-Turned Edge
Custom Packaging
-CAD/CAM Prototyping
Game Boards/Pieces
Silk Screen Printing
Pad Holders

Tabs & Indexes (T&I)
Custom Tabs & Indexes
Blank Index Tabs
Mylar® Reinforcing

Steel & Carbide
Paper Cutting Knife Sharpening Services
Grinding, Recessing, Face Straightening
Max 124" Straight Only
All Grades Including
-Tungsten Carbide


Our next scheduled Binda University will be held Friday September 24th, 2004 from 8:30am - 4pm at Bindagraphics in Baltimore. This seminar covers a wide range of binding, finishing, and specialty packaging processes. Your day includes continental breakfast, catered lunch and guided tour. The cost is only $50 per attendee. Make your reservations early, as the class is sure to fill. Contact Kenna Ruskowski by email at, give her a call at 800-326-0300, or visit our web page at to learn more.

Bindagraphics Featured Item -
Display Box

This month we are thinking, not just out of the box, but all about the box. We laminated sheets, attached them to an e-flute substrate, die-cut, scored, trimmed, and delivered.

Quality Information Packaging
Featured Item - Tourism Binder

We manufactured this multi-ring custom padded binder using leather-like castillian vinyl, then front and back literature pockets were formed to offer additional capacity. Next, we encapsulated photo quality sheets, assembled a completed piece, then fulfilled the entire project, all under one roof!


Every Quarter, we draw a returned customer survey, sent at the completion of every project. The winner for 2nd quarter 2004 is Technagraphics of Washington DC. They snagged a lunch for 10 people, compliments of Bindagraphics. Please take the time to respond to the surveys as it is designed to serve as a barometer to help us serve you better… it’s a simple way to tell us how we’re doing. We LOVE feedback, especially comments.

Please let us know if you wish to be removed from our distribution by calling 800-326-0300 or email

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What You Need to Know About Embossing
By Brian Gebhart

Part 1 of 3

The designer, Bindagraphics, and the engraver should get together at the start of a job.


Emboss - To alter the fibers of paper in order to create an image area raised above paper level.

Deboss - To alter the fibers of paper in order to create an image area below paper level.

Embossing Die - A female die. (encounters the upper surface of the paper)

Counter Die - A male die which encounters the lower surface of the paper. Usually made on press, for an exact fit. Most counter dies are made of fiberglass. (In debossing, the "genders" of the dies are reversed.)

Blind Emboss - No printing or foil on the area embossed. The opposite of "register emboss" (embossing in register to a printed image) and "foil emboss." (Also, "blind deboss.")

Bottoming - When the counter die presses the paper all the way to the "bottom" of the embossing die; necessary to capture all the detail of the die.

Glazing - Applying increased heat and pressure when blind embossing on textured paper to create a burnished effect. Similar to "scorching", which uses ever more extreme heat.

Would you like to have a very useful embossing primer at your fingertips?

Visit the “Publications –Nuts and Bolts” section on our website to review "What You Need to Know About Embossing".

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