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WEDDINGS | Production Techniques

Papyrus Design are experts in multidisciplinary production techniques and are able to make a large selection of different options available to you to ensure that whatever your vision, we are able to achieve it.

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DIGITAL PRINTING is generally the most affordable printing technique. Digital printing doesn’t require a printing plate to be made and files can be sent directly to a printer. The result is a completely flat print where multiple colours can be printed without increasing the cost. Colours in a digital print are generated by mixing four toners, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (Black) or CMYK.

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LETTERPRESS PRINTING is the oldest form of printing. In this method, an inked printing plate presses a design into the surface of a card. Plates are typically made from a metal but other possibilities include carved wood or stone blocks. The result is a very high quality print with a beautiful, often intricate, indentation. Pantone colours (also called spot colours) are used in this printing technique. Inks are translucent so dark papers are not generally used. Letterpress is an extremely labour intensive form of printing and therefore is one of the most costly and exclusive techniques available.

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THERMOGRAPHY PRINTING (Raised Printing) gives the design or text a raised, glossy, tactile finish. Acrylic printing plates are made, one for each pantone colour (spot colour) required. A powdered resin is dusted onto wet ink, heat is applied and the powder fuses to the ink creating a raised finish.

Note that because of the printing process, raised printing cannot be performed on both sides of one card. A flat print on one side or bonding two raised print cards together might be options if there is a need to have a card double sided.

If you require multiple raised print colours on one stationery set it is important to remember that each new colour will require another plate to be made, which increases the cost, sometimes substantially.

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FOIL STAMPING or Foiling, is the process of using heat, pressure and metal dies to stamp a foil film onto paper and card. Foil is available in a wide range of colours and metallic finishes. The majority of foil colours are opaque and therefore not affected by the colour of the stock, enabling light colours to be printed on dark stocks. Foiling is the best way to achieve a shiny lustrous finish.

Foiling cannot be applied to designs or texts that already have a thermography (raised) print, as the heat involved in the printing process will melt the thermography.

If you require multiple foiling colours on one stationery set, it is important to remember that each new colour will require another plate to be made, which increases the cost, often substantially.

Foil Stamping works well with the embossing and debossing processes to give a further dimension.

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OFFSET PRINTING is common for large print runs or achieving specific Pantone colours. In offset printing the image is transferred from a printing plate to a rubber blanket then to the card. Generally offset printing is a slightly longer process than digital printing but has a supreme alignment and colour accuracy, which makes it perfect when combined with die cutting or foiling.

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WAX SEAL is a stamp cast out of brass used in conjunction with hot wax to leave an impression in the wax. Often used for monograms or logos. This can be an effective way to seal envelopes or add personalised insignia to your design. This stamp can be used over and over again.

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EMBOSSING creates a three dimensional image by using pressure and heat to squeeze paper through metal plates called dies. The plate presses the three-dimensional image from the back of the paper so that the image protrudes towards you (the reverse, where the image is pressed into the stock from the front, is called debossing). Embossing (or blind embossing) does not involve ink, this technique though, can be used in conjunction with foiling or offset printing to add colour. This however, is another print run and is priced accordingly.

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DIE CUT the process of using a custom design plate to create perfect shapes and designs. This is an effective process to achieve round or miscellaneous shapes where cutting by hand will result in varied outcomes.

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LASER CUTTING AND LASER ETCHING, is the process of using a laser to engrave or mark or cut an object or material. This process does not involve ink or printing and can be highly effective in marking materials such as Wood and Acrylic. Laser etching is the clearest and most precise way of marking and personalising items.

 
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