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An engraving die is created when an incision is made into a metal plate, creating a cavity. The ink is applied to the die and is wiped off the surface of the die but remains in the cavity.
The paper is pressed into the cavity of the die by the counter which forces the paper into the cavity of the die, raising the surface of the paper. The ink adheres to the raised surface and the lines created are sharp and distinct being the ink is on a part of the paper that is actually raised.
A third dimension is created giving the paper the distinctive look that only engraving printing can produce and some of the most beautiful reproductions are created by the engraving process, including wedding and bar mitzvah invitations, thank you cards, business cards and stationery.