Aside from the standard print we also cater for high-end print to make your print finish that little bit more special.
Thermography is a form of raised printing created by applying a special powder to wet ink and then melting it to form a smooth and glossy three dimensional image.
It is an extension of the lithographic printing process which is moved in line with the delivery unit of the press. Sheets pass through the press, drop onto the conveyor belt that takes the printed sheet with wet ink through the thermographic unit, various grades of powder are dropped onto the wet ink depending on the fineness of the text which is then taken through dual heaters which melts the powder to form the dome shape above the ink which is dried quickly giving the optical illusion of the ink standing proud of the paper. There is the option of UV curing the ink thus allowing printed matter like letterheads to be passed through laser printers.
Duplex or Triplex Adhesive Mounting
Duplexing or Triplexing is a specific finishing operation which is increasingly in demand, it is the process of gluing 2 or more sheets of board together to form incredibly thick finishes.
Our adhesive system is a motorised-roller-coater which applies a very thin smooth coating of a unique hot melt adhesive. The adhesive is the best option for mounting sheet-to-sheet which requires trimming or guillotining after the application of adhesive. Typical products include invitations and business cards. Once the substrate is coated it will stick permanently to just about any surface including plastic, wood and metal. The adhesive is non-hazardous and non-toxic, it does not have any adverse effect on inkjet or laser prints.
Following this process, edges can be bevelled, round cornered and guilted or painted for further decoration.
'Stamping/raising' – This process raises the image from the sheet through the combination of a metal die and pressure being applied to the paper from the die.
Lowering the image or "Debossing" is the same process but in reverse.
A process called "Blind Embossing" is termed when the image is pressed without the use of another print process, creating a stamped image.
Embossing is a tactile print process that gives an elegant effect. The most popular applications can be found on brochures, business cards, and invitations. The impact of embossing on a set of business stationery for example, can provide further elegance to the design.
This is the application of pigment or metallic foil, often gold, silver, white or can be any other colour to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper.
Foil stamping can be combined with embossing to create a more striking three dimensional image. Typical examples of items that are foil stamped include business cards, invitations, letterheads, compliment slips and presentation folders.
Gilt or Painted Edges
We can give your cards or invitations the extra luxurious look by painting or gold/silver foil edging them, either flat or bevel edged, with square or rounded corners.