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Printing

  1. Matching colour printing with Colorplan colours

    One of the most popular coloured paper ranges we offer is Colorplan. Colorplan is GF Smith’s most iconic paper range, with 54 ravishing, deeply saturated colour choices. Whether it’s Colorplan business cards, note cards, greeting cards, letterheads, compliment slips or invitations our professional print artisans have crafted it! Very often, potential clients with acute brand awareness or those who desire the printing on their media to match the stock, query about matching a Colorplan stock color with CMYK print. This request is extremely popular on business cards and wedding invitations. At AHC we have the facility to digitally print on Colorplan stocks and then bond (duplex) them back to back, if required, to create thicker media. This technique works well for those seeking a Colorplan business card or invitation with foil stamping or embossing on the front and digital printing on the reverse.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Gold Foil Printing

    Gold Foil Printing

    Gold foil printing is an extremely popular finish for products such as business cards, stationery, invitations, greeting cards and much more. Gold foil can be added to print in two different ways at our print studio. The first is via traditional foil stamping which requires a metal die block, and indents (debosses) the gold foil into the card or paper. The second is by using digital foiling to apply gold foil affects. Digital foiling is the most affordable way of achieving foil effects because no metal die block is required. In fact, using digital foil affects you can have just a single copy! One of the main differences is that foil stamping can be done on textured cards and papers whereas digital foiling can only be done on completely smooth or laminated papers. Our team are extremely well versed in both foil printing processes so feel free to reach out to us for advice. We can also quickly quote for gold foil printing on a huge range of papers and card stocks.

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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. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Why Do Companies Use Letterheads?

    Why Do Companies Use Letterheads?

    Letterheads are used globally daily. Companies use letterheads to relay important information to private individuals, other companies, and legal entities without the need of a phone call or email correspondence. When used correctly, a professional letterhead is also a highly effective marketing tool. Having a pre-printed letterhead is hassle free and saves time when there is a busy office needing to send out important letters quickly and efficiently.

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  15. How to Write and Make a Compliment Slip

    How to Write and Make a Compliment Slip

    To write and make a compliment slip is actually very easy if your company already uses Letterheads, then a Compliment Slip is just a smaller addition. Very often, the Compliment slip is used to make a small note and can be as short as a, Thank You, a few sentences or just your signature. To Make a Compliment Slip, you can choose any size, companies typically use a DL- 210mm x 99mm, this is a cost-effective size, because 3 Compliment slips will fit an A4 Sheet and this can be cost effective to produce. However, you can customise the size to suit your needs. It’s preferable to use both sides, the Logo or Company Name can have print finishing effects such as; Foil Stamping and spot UV, normal printing on the Front and on the reverse or the Company Address, Email and Telephone in print or foil. Print on the back is normally located on the top or bottom or both but would also include the text “With Compliments.” The blank area on the back of the slip should provide space to enable you to write a message to the recipient.

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  16. 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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