Embossing and debossing are the processes of creating a raised or recessed images and designs in paper. An embossed pattern is raised against the background, while a debossed pattern is sunken into the surface of the material. Debossed items might protrude somewhat on the backside. Embossing is often combined with foil stamping and can create a three dimensional effect. Embossing without foil stamping is commonly referred to as blind embossing. This is because the embossing can be felt and read by those who are blind.