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[BKARTS] How to deboss a cloth covered book

Watch out for melting foam under your hot stamp!  I have used a Kwikprint
with tape on cloth--a very nubby cloth--over straight 080 binders board, and
it gave a beautiful impression.  The imprint was a cut made of my artist's
signature which was, if you will excuse me, very artistic.  Remember to do
three passes:  1. pretty big pressure and reasonable heat, making the
impression with tape (metallic or colored)on the cloth and into the board;
2.  repeat with a new portion of the tape to increase the impression (color
or metalic); Look at the impression and repeat step 2 if necessary.  3.
remove the tape, and "kiss" the impression to make it stick--also polishes a
metallic impression.

Now, if you are doing this with traditional gilding tools, follow the same
sequence, but steady as she goes.  Don't sneeze.

Good luck.


-----Original Message-----
From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of
Scott Witte
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2004 6:48 PM
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: How do you deboss a cloth covered book?

Greetings, sages,

I want to deboss a logo into a portfolio or photo album cover, but...
this one would have a cloth surface. I've seen this done in leather and
vinyl but am unsure how to accomplish it in cloth. The book board would
seem too dense to take a sharp, deep impression, or even a noticeable one.

It strikes me that some kind of padding between the board and the cloth
might work, but it would have to hold the impression permanently. I am
unsure what that padding material might be, unless you would use leather
or vinyl. I've heard rumor of a foam covered book board for just this
purpose. But I haven't been able to find it. Any guidance would be most

Scott Witte
www.scottwitte.com <http://www.scottwitte.com>

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