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Monthly Archives: August 2020

  1. 8 Benefits of using coloured card stocks for printing

    8 Benefits of using coloured card stocks for printing

    Are you curious what the fuss is all about when it comes to coloured card stocks? If so, read on to discover our top 8 benefits of using coloured card stocks and why they can take your print media such as business cards, stationery and invitations to the next level. We've covered everything from free spot UV type effects to finding out more about those really cool duotone edges!

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  2. How does foil stamping work?

    How does foil stamping work?

    Foil stamping is the application of metallic and special effect foils to paper or card. The process involves using an etched metal die (also called a block or plate) manufactured from either magnesium, brass, or copper, which is heated to the required temperature and stamped into the paper or card stock. The foil sits between the die and the card; when the heated die makes contact with the foil the heat actives the adhesive on the back, which along with the force of the stamping, adheres it to the paper or card stock with a slight indentation/deboss.

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  3. What is a foil stamped card?

    What is a foil stamped card?

    Foil stamped card is card stock which has had metallic or special effect foil applied to it using a combination of a heated metal die, and pressure from a foil printing press. The metal die is etched from an artwork file and then loaded into a foil press where it is heated to the required temperature. A roll of the chosen foil colour is then loaded on to the press between the die and the card stock. When the heated die makes contact with the card, the heat activates the adhesive on the back of the foil, and it is applied to the card surface.

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  4. New Product: Holographic Business Cards

    New Product: Holographic Business Cards

    After receiving a lot of requests for holographic business cards with almost full coverage of holographic foil stamping, which can be expensive to produce, we have added a brand-new holographic card stock to our range. This rainbow iridescent card stock changes colour in the light and has a unique coating on the surface which allows us to print full colour designs.

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  5. What are the differences between foil stamping and digital toner foiling?

    What are the differences between foil stamping and digital toner foiling?

    This is something we get asked a lot. Many of our customers have approached a company for a foiled business cards only to be dissatisfied with the result. When they send us the card for reference it is obvious to us that the supplier has used digital toner foiling but the customer does not know the difference. The technology for digital foiling is continuing to improve year on year however the most popular machines rely on fusing foil with black toner. With the latest technology, some machines can apply foil digitally on top of spot UV. This creates a better result and can even achieve a nice raised digital foil embossed finish; however, it still cannot capture the level of detail or quality of finish that foil stamping is able to achieve. Image credit: Craftchatterbox

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  6. How to Make Luxury Business Cards

    How to Make Luxury Business Cards

    Typically, the chosen finish/look of your luxury business card is a combination of personal preference and what fits your brand, as well as, your budget. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to luxury business cards. Finishing options include: Spot UV, foil stamping, textured card, duotone edges, colored cores, thermography, foil edge gilding, die cutting, metallic mirror finish, holographic, cotton finish, die cutting the cards into unique shapes, duplexing stocks for a multi-level card and much more! Unless you have a clear idea of what you’d like, it is always worthwhile to explore some samples first, as well as, looking online at cards for ideas. We have a gallery of projects which serves as great inspiration for a myriad of our customers. It’s also wise to speak to companies that specialise in business card printing, to get some advice regarding your artwork. Some special finishes have limitations and may not be suitable when it comes to your artwork.

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