We offer the most specialized printing techniques for your designs and are one of the only design houses able to successfully mix methods that result in the most creative designs. Depending on the process, these capabilities can change the texture and detail of design in the best way possible. We love combining techniques (like enhancing your names or designs with foil stamping) that add depth and a little something extra special. To help give you an idea of the most frequently used printing methods, a breakdown is shown below.
Ink is pressed into the paper with metallic plates. Originally used for book printing starting in the 15th century, this method has seen a tremendous rise in popularity. While it used to be considered a flaw in the printing process back in the day, we now push our print partners to achieve a deep indentation resulting in a visible impression which is consider today to be a mark of quality. Due to the hand nature of this artisanal printing process, variation in color and coverage should be expected.
With foil stamping, foils (which are often metallic) are also pressed into paper stock via heated copper plates (also commonly known as hot stamping). Foil stamping is typically used to add shiny, luxurious accents to your design, but can also be used to add matte colors, like white, to colored paper. Foil stamping may leave a light impression on your paper.
OFFSET or FLAT PRINTING:
Flat printing refers to methods of printing from a digital based image directly to paper stock or when an inked image is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. While development of the offset press began in the late 1800s, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that images were printed on paper. Items may be digitally printed or offset printed depending on the item.
Engraving, which was first used by silversmiths to proof intricate designs, is achieved by etching designs onto a copper plate, then transferring from plate to paper resulting in a detailed, raised a design on the surface of the paper. Because of the intense pressure on the press, engraving causes bruising on the backside of the paper, which is viewed as a sign of authenticity and prestige.
LASER-CUT, DIE-CUTTING AND MORE!
Additional processes, like die-cutting which changes the shape of the design and laser-cutting which adds intricate cutout details to an invitation, sleeve or belly band.