PRINTING METHODS

 
 
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DIGITAL PRINTING

In digital printing {also know as flat printing} ink is transferred to paper by a digital printing press. The ink lays flat on the paper resulting in a smooth finish. The invitation can feature an unlimited number of ink colors which makes this the perfect choice for reproducing multi-color designs like background images or watercolor illustrations. Digital printing is ideal for items with variable text, like envelope addressing or escort cards. Digital metallic gold, silver and white ink are also available although does not create the shiny mirror effect of foil. This option is the most affordable of the printing methods offered, and also has the fastest turn around time.

 
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LETTERPRESS PRINTING

In letterpress, the ink is transferred from a raised surface {a printing plate} to the paper using the pressure from an antique press, creating impressions in the paper. A custom plate is created for each ink color. The paper is then hand fed through a printing press one at a time leaving a very luxurious, tactile finish which leaves a lasting impression {pun intended} on the recipients. Perfect for highlighting fine details it is recommend to use heavy-weight stocks to maximize the look of this relief printing method.

Blind letterpress is the technique of letterpress printing without ink. The un-inked printing plate is used to press a design into the paper resulting in a subtle texture without colour.

 
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DIE CUTTING

With die cutting, a steel die is used to cut materials {in this case, paper} into a vast array of shapes of which the choices are almost unlimited. The best designs to hold up to die cutting are simple shapes.

 
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THERMOGRAPHY PRINTING

Thermography is a print process that relies on heat to create raised ink, resulting in an elegant, tactile effect. In this process, a resin powder is applied to the paper, adhering to the ink. After removing the excess powder, the printed piece is heated and the mixture of powder and ink dries, forming the raised effect. Most colours are printed with coloured ink and then a clear thermography powder is added. Specifically for gold and silver thermography, it is printed in gold or silver ink and then gold or silver powder is added.

This process is a cost-effective way to achieve the look of texture without the added costs of plate-making. With this method, it is best to avoid large, solid areas of colour as they may blister and crack when trimming to final size. Small or thin typography is also difficult to achieve with this print process. Additionally, you should limit this option to 1-2 colours only and if you wish to have a two-sided print job, thermography can only be applied to one side whilst the other side will be flat.

 
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MIXING PRINT METHODS

You can use different printing methods for each piece in your order. For example: letterpress for your invitation and rsvp card, then flat printing for the envelope liner and other inserts. 

This is a fantastic way to maximise your budget! You can utilise stunning {yet more costly} printing methods for one or two pieces, and opt to use flat printing for other items.

You may also use multiple printing methods on a single piece. Choose any combination of letterpress, foil, digital printing or die cutting. For example, invitation with letterpress graphic and text with foil stamping for names or flat print watercolour illustration with foil stamped text.

*Due to the fact that screen printing is offered on papers that are specially formulated for screen printing inks, this method cannot be combined with other methods on a single piece.

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SCREEN PRINTING

Screen printing {also referred to as silk screen} is an artisan printing method that involves pulling ink through a fine mesh silk screen onto paper. The ink lays flush with the paper {like digital printing}, yet one ink color is printed at a time, like letterpress printing. Also, like letterpress, each colour used increases the cost of the final product.

Screen printing produces metallic inks that shimmer on dark paper, and white screen printing on colored paper which produces stunning results. Screen printing can also be done on other materials such as tote bags and apparel.

 
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FOIL STAMPING

Foil stamping {also called hot stamping} uses a heated die is to press a sheet of thin metallic foil to paper. The end result will feature a shiny metallic or shimmering matte finish – perfect for a brilliant gold or a truly opaque white on dark paper. We offer a fantastic selection of foils in 16 stunning colours.

Foil stamping works best on minimalistic designs without delicate lines or large areas of color. It beautifully pairs with letterpress and elevates digital printing to another level.


 

 
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LASER CUTTING

The process of laser cutting is a precise method of cutting a design from a given material using focused high-powered laser beam. The precision of the laser allows for unlimited, finely intricate designs.

 
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BLIND EMBOSSING AND DEBOSSING

Embossing alters the surface of paper stock or other substrates by providing a three-dimensional or raised effect on selected areas. The procedure requires the use of two dies: one that is raised and one that is recessed. The dies fit into each other so that when the paper is pressed between them, the raised die forces the stock into the recessed die and creates the embossed impression. A specific level of pressure is applied to the dies in order to squeeze the fibers of the paper, which results in a permanently raised area in the paper.

Debossing is similar to embossing, but recesses the design rather than raising it. Rather than the paper being raised in specific areas, it is indented. The process involves applying pressure to the front side of the paper and forcing the material down from the surface. Although it is not as common as embossing, it is occasionally used to provide a different effect or appearance that fits a particular theme.