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Peter Saunders

  1. The best approach to combining digital printing and foil stamping

    Foil stamping is a very versatile print finishing option which can be used on various papers from silk or laminated board to kraft, metallic stock and even 100% cotton. A common request from our clients is to combine digital printing and foil stamping on an uncoated card stock. When digitally printing on uncoated stock there is nothing to protect the ink on the surface of the card. After printing, the job is guillotined or die cut which can cause the ink to flake along the edges. It is most prevalent on the bottom edge, when a job is cut down and can be controlled to some degree by adjusting the guillotine settings, however, the best way to prevent this is to laminate the surface with matt or soft touch lamination. This thin laminate film protects the ink on the surface and prevents the ink from flaking/cracking on the edges when the job is cut down. In addition, foil stamping on laminate gives the foil a much more shiny and metallic appearance than foil stamping on uncoated card. Foil stamping on uncoated papers and cards can create more of a muted metallic finish.

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  2. 5 ways you can use white ink printing to make your print media stand out

    Until the introduction of white ink, anything white on a printed design was simply the card stock left unprinted. This meant all printing began with white or another light card colour such as ivory, beige, or light grey. Consideration had to be taken when using coloured card because it impacts the way in which ink colours appear once printed. At AHC we offer digital white ink printing which is very affordable even for a short run. We often run samples of jobs on request too. Whether you are looking for print for your brand, personalised wedding invitations or if you are reselling art prints or handmade products, below are 5 ways you can use our white ink printing service to make your print media stand out and engage customers.

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  3. Covid-19 Update 04.01.21 - Business as usual

    Covid-19 Update 04.01.21 - Business as usual

    AHC continues to actively follow the latest guidance set out by UK Government and Public Health England regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our production facility will remain operational throughout the new national lockdown and we are conducting business as usual with staff available by phone, email and live chat. If you have placed an order with us, your order will be processed within the timeframe specified on your order confirmation/invoice. Our couriers are making regular deliveries as well.

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  4. Christmas and New Year Opening Times

    Christmas and New Year Opening Times

    We wanted to say a massive thank you to all of you for supporting us through a very turbulent and challenging year. As the year comes to an end, we would like to express our warmest thanks for your continued support and loyalty. We wish you a Merry Christmas, good health, happiness and professional success for the new year. Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones and stay safe.

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  5. How to foil edge gild business cards

    How to foil edge gild business cards

    Edge gilding business cards is a specialist process that takes time and care. It is a process that cannot be rushed if you want to achieve good results. Not taking your time during each stage can lead to the foil edges flaking off at the very end, which means starting all over again. The first step is to tightly clamp the stack of business cards between two blocks of wood that are the same size, or slightly smaller than the business cards. We have several 12” g clamps that we use, along with a square frame custom clamp that was made to suit the way in which we work. The main goal is to clamp the cards tightly to prevent any dust or adhesive getting between them.

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  6. How to determine your foil stamping area

    How to determine your foil stamping area

    If you are looking for a quote for foil stamping, we will need to know the foil size area to provide a cost. You can do this one of two ways. The first is by providing your artwork along with quote request. As long as the artwork is supplied at the final size for foiling, our team will be able to quickly work out the die size and price the job for you. If your artwork is not finalised yet, you can simply provide the height and width dimensions of the foil area, and we can work from those. The easiest way to work out the height and width dimensions is to imagine drawing a box around all of your artwork elements that will be foil stamped. In the example above a pink box has been drawn around the artwork elements intended for foil stamping. If we didn’t have the artwork we could guestimate that we want our foil area around 12.5cm x 19cm. The main thing is to ensure that the box around your foil elements includes everything that will be foil stamped.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. What are compliment slips used for?

    What are compliment slips used for?

    Compliment slips have multiple benefits and should be a key staple within your business stationery. They are most often attached to something you are sending to a potential or existing customer. This may include an information pack, brochure, samples, or anything else you may wish to send out. Printed compliment slips are also often included as a thank you to your customer for their order. Rather than attaching a note on a scrap of paper, businesses use professional compliment slips that are printed with their logo/branding and contact details.

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  12. The Top Famous Company Letterheads

    The Top Famous Company Letterheads

    Looking for some inspiration for your own letterhead? If so, check out the top famous company letterheads collection below! We realise that technically not all of them are companies, some are personal letterheads, however the owners are more famous than a lot of companies so they definitely deserve a mention! There are some famous letterheads below that were way ahead of their times such as Marilyn Monroe’s beautifully understated blind embossed letterhead. Check them out and let us know which is your favourite in the comments below!

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  13. My logo resolution is too low for printing - What can I do?

    My logo resolution is too low for printing - What can I do?

    Many people contact us having been told their logo resolution is too low for printing, spot UV or foil stamping, or that the logo file is not the correct format. Every professional logo designer will supply you with your logo in various formats including a PDF, a high resolution JPEG, a PNG with a transparent background, a vector file and possibly a layered Photoshop file. Vector files are the most important, because they can be scaled to any size without loss of quality. They are the file format required for signage, vehicle livery, large format printing, as well as, print finishing effects such as foil stamping and spot UV. Vector files will have an .AI or .EPS file extension. If you've had your logo designed by a professional designer, make sure you ask for all of these file formats once the logo is completed and signed off. You will be asked for them as you move forward with your business and it will save you time and money having to have them recreated further down the line.

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  14. How to capture customer's attention online

    How to capture customer's attention online

    A common battle we all face in the business world is capturing and holding a potential client’s interest online. The technological age has bombarded society with information overload and the next page of information is only a click away. Trying to discern what will be inviting and engaging to a client can be difficult. It is a common theme many business owners contend with when dealing with an online presence. Injecting brand awareness that is unique and eliciting a response are the pivotal keys for sparking engagement.

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  15. 12 Habits of successful business owners and entrepreneurs

    12 Habits of successful business owners and entrepreneurs

    Like many other business owners, I strive to be the very best at what I do. I immerse myself in finding ways to improve my business strategies, enhance my client base and deliver a superior service. After all, my business is my livelihood as it is for millions of other small business owners. With that in mind, you may be asking yourself, "Is there something else I could be doing to enhance my business performance?" We live in a world where we constantly learn. One of the ways we can benefit is not to be afraid to observe and ask questions, especially other small business owners. Below are 12 habits of independently owned brands and their business habits:

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  16. 25 Low Cost Marketing Ideas For Your Business

    25 Low Cost Marketing Ideas For Your Business

    In need of some fresh marketing ideas to boost your business? Here are 25 ideas ranging from low cost to absolutely free! Some you may not have thought of before so dive in and give your business a boost!

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