We offer a full trade service to printers.
Suitability of materials:
We recommend testing materials first to ensure that they work together, e.g., diestamping does not take to laminated or varnished surfaces; laid papers may need blanking out to avoid feathering of fine diestamping; foil may not release cleanly on some materials; and certain materials may crack or burst when blind embossed.
While every effort is made to match Pantone colours; it should be noted that the interaction between different materials and different processes can sometime affect the finished shade. This particularly applies to any process like foil blocking or when a gloss finish is used.
It is well worth paying for a full proof of any complex jobs, it can help your customer to understand better what you are trying to achieve.
Business cards, compliment slips and other smaller items cannot generally be handled if they are cut to size in advance. Please check with us to ascertain the correct laydown and trim sizes.
When planning any printing that is to be further processed by us, please check first that the lay edges you wish to use are compatible with ours.
Laser Copiers & Other Potential Hazards
The operating temperatures of laser copiers and other office equipment are so high that they cause foil, thermography or gloss die-stamping work to melt. We recommend that you use water based diestamping ink for print that will be subjected to these conditions.
To minimise any problems of unsuitable material, to ascertain the correct position of a window on your envelope, or to match size to planned contents, we are happy to make up envelope dummies free of charge prior to a production run.
Envelopes: Converting printed sheets
To make sure printing is correctly positioned we will provide you with a laydown sheet and a dummy.
One of our commercial envelope machines in action
Cutting the force, this presses paper into a die when die stamping.
Hand Folding Envelopes
Gilt Edging being applied to our trade cards