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Embossing Seal FAQ's



Can I change the wording or image on my embosser?

You have the option of ordering a new seal insert so you can change the wording or image. Our seal inserts will only fit with the specified body. For example, pocket inserts do not interchange with desk seal inserts and vice versa. If the handle did not originally come from Acorn Sales please contact us so that we can make sure that your insert will fit.

What type of gold foil seal should I use?

Our gold foil embossing labels are a great fit for your embosser. Just emboss and apply to your document. Please note that most office supply stores offer the peel and stick but it is our experience that this type of gold foil is too thick for most embossers.

What shapes or sizes can I make my impression ?

We can make any shape or size of die that will fit within a 2” diameter, 1-5/8" diameter or 1” x 2” rectangular die.

What is the warranty on the embossers ?

Our heavy duty electric embossers carry a one year warranty. Our Acorn Embossers have a lifetime warranty, for full warranty details please click here.

How big of an impression can the embossers make ?

The largest impression that is available is 2” in diameter. Most embossers have a 1-5/8" in diameter or 1” x 2” impression.

What cannot be embossed with our embossers ?

Our embossers are not designed to emboss materials such as leather, tin or mylar. The embossers are designed for paper stocks only. Please contact us to talk about what you plan on embossing so we can recommend an embosser for you.

What are your dies made of ?


We are pleased to be manufacturing our embossing seals with a material called Delrin. Delrin is the brand name for a rugged acetal resin polymer invented by the DuPont Company in 1952. It provides the embossing seal industry a lightweight, yet very strong metal substitute. It is an extremely durable and cost effective material which helps us keep your cost for an embossing seal at a reasonable price. In the past, embossing seals have been made exclusively with metal dies. We now find that the seals made with Delrin last longer, and they require less repair. In our own tests comparing black and white Delrin, we found that the black Delrin leaves a black powder on the paper documents after embossing so we are using white Delrin for all your embossing needs. We hope you will enjoy using your new embossing seal made with Delrin for many years to come.

If I order an embosser that is designed for heavier weight paper, will I still be able to use it on regular stationary or gold foil labels?


Yes, most of the time. We cut the die deeper for heavier paper so sometimes tearing may occur when using lighter paper stock or labels. Some folks will use another sheet of paper with the paper they wan to emboss so that tearing will not occur or they may decide to order an additional insert with a shallower cut die.

How can I insure that my embossed image looks really crisp and clear?


Choosing the right type of embosser for the type of paper being used is very important. Equally important is the type of image you wish to use. Sometimes your image or the type of paper you wish to use will not be the best fit for an embosser so we can help make recommendations about changing the paper stock, image or choosing a stamp instead.

How exactly do embossers work?


Today’s embossers are designed raise the surface of the paper and impress an image into a piece of paper, using a perfectly aligned “male” and “female” die plates. The male die plate holds a raised etched “positive” version of the image and the female die plate contains a debossed etched “negative” version of the image. When pressure is applied to the embosser mechanism, the male and female plates are pressed together, and the material in between the 2 plates is simultaneously “raised” up by the male plate and down by the female plate. This process effectively “tears” the embossed material, leaving behind a raised replica of the original image.

Isn’t paper pretty much all the same?


No, it is NOT! The weight of the paper, the lining, the texture and the glass on the paper play a major role in how the embossed image will look. We want you to be happy with your embosser but we really need to know how you will be using it. If you are using specialty paper, we are happy to look at a sample of your paper before you order so we can recommend an embosser model that will work best for you.

It's easy to unlock and change your seal clips out by following these directions to unlock your embossing seal.

How do I unlock my pocket seal or desk top embossing seal?

  1. In order to unlock your pocket embosser, place the embosser in your hand and squeeze the embosser.
  2. Move the lock to the down position.
  3. Your seal will now be in the open position and ready to use.
  4. To use the seal, insert your paper between the top and bottom plate, and squeeze with your hand to crimp the paper.

How To change the insert in your Pocket Embossing Seal

  1. In order to unlock your pocket embosser, place the embosser in your hand and squeeze the embosser.
  2. Now, move the lock to the down position.
  3. Your seal will now be in the open position.
  4. To remove the insert (clip), pinch the top and bottom plates together and pull the insert out.
  5. Insert the new insert (clip), by pinching it together and lining up the prongs with the correct holes on the bottom.

How To unlock your Desk Embossing Seal

  1. In order to unlock your desk embosser, push down on the handle.
  2. Move the lock to the down position.
  3. Your seal will now be in the open position and ready to use.
  4. To use the seal, insert your paper between the top and bottom plate and press down with your hand to crimp the paper.

How To change the insert in your Desk Embossing Seal
  1. In order to unlock your desk embosser, push down on the handle.
  2. Now, move the lock to the down position.
  3. Your seal will now be in the open position.
  4. To remove the insert (clip), pinch the top and bottom plate together and pull the insert out.
  5. Insert the new insert (clip), by pinching it together and lining up the prongs with the correct holes on the bottom.




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