Printing Techniques

LETTERPRESS

This is one of my favorite options. Letterpress is the oldest traditional printing technique and the plates are pressed into the paper. The result is beautiful and timeless- you can see and feel the indentations of your design and wording. Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press. Custom dies are positioned into the bed of the press and inked, then paper is pressed against it to transfer the ink, creating an elegant, tactile effect. We recommend using heavy-weight stocks to maximize the look of relief printing. Letterpress printing can make a single word in a simple font look exquisite!

SCREEN PRINTING

Screen printing is a technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. One color is printed at a time; several screens can be used to produce a multicolored design. However, each color used in a design requires the creation of a unique screen, which can add to the overall cost of the piece. Because the inks are opaque, screen printing is an excellent choice for retaining vibrant colors of light inks when printing on dark stocks.

FOIL STAMPING

Foil stamping is a unique process that uses solid, metallic colours and creates a slight impression onto paper. This process is a popular choice for wedding invitations as it can significantly elevate the formality of a piece. Foil stamping can be combined other print techniques to provide a stunning look.

DIGITAL PRINTING

Digital printing has enabled full-color printing on card stocks, papers and envelopes at a lower cost and quicker turnaround as there are no plates required or expensive set up fees to accomplish this type of printing. Ink colors are calibrated specifically to each printer, so do not expect the output from your printer to be an exact match to ours. There will be variations. Digital printing is perfect for watercolor, hand-painted or multicolored aesthetics, photos and beautiful typography.

DIGITAL GOLD OR SILVER

Digital Gold or Silver printing has enabled metallic gold ink printing on card stocks and papers at a lower cost and quicker turnaround as there are no plates required or expensive set up fees to accomplish this type of printing. Similar to digital printing with CMYK toners, metallic gold/silver toner is fused to the surface of card stocks and papers with heat. Not to be confused with foil, Digital Gold/Silver is more similar to the finish you get from a metallic paint marker.

EMBOSSING / 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. 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.

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