Project Description

PRINTING TYPES

ENGRAVING:

EJackie Kennedy had her trademark classic engraved blue paper stationery!  We love how wonderful engraved stationery feels and it is a worthy expense for making a lasting impression following an important job interview.  Engraving is an old printing process where letters are etched into a copper plate.  An opaque ink is then rolled onto the copper plate filling the deep grooves and the flat of the plate is cleaned off.  Next the copper plate is pressed onto quality paper and when lifted away the sharp raised inked letters and a trademark bruising of the paper are left behind.  We are proud to work with Arzberger Stationers to print beautiful custom engraved stationery.

LETTERPRESS:

LA classic look and the oldest style of printing invented by Johann Gutenberg around 1440.  It is a technique of relief printing meaning the raised carved metal letters are inked and pressed into the paper leaving behind a deep bite with the words sunk down into the paper.  Because the paper often absorbs some of the ink the result is a softer look compared with the sharp opaque letters of engraving.  We are proud to work with fine printing house, Laura Marr Printers , to create magnificent deep bite Letterpress stationery.

THERMOGRAPHY:

TThermographic printing is a multi-stage process invented to mimic the look of engraved printing. Paper is printed with a special sticky ink which is coated with a special thermography powder.  The powder attaches to the wet ink with excess powder vacuumed away. Finally, the powder-coated printed material takes a ride through an oven with temperatures ranging from 900 to 1300 degrees Fahrenheit causing the clear powder to gel and raise up.  We work with several different print shops, including Laura Marr Printers , to produce quality thermography printing depending on the design needs.

DIGITAL:

DMost of us are already printing digitally with home and office printers, however, for printing on heavyweight and textured papers, it is important to have a special type of digital printer.  Indigo Digital Printers and other high-end digital printers are able to work directly from a digital file on a computer.  Digital printers transfer four colors of ink (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) to paper simultaneously, producing a full-color print after only one pass through the printer – meaning that each invitation takes less time to print and is less expensive to produce than other printing methods.  Unlike letterpress, which leaves a relief impression, and engraving, which produces raised text, digital printing produces a flat image without any texture.

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