Veronica Halim

Common Finishing Techniques

Printed pieces without any special effects can feel a little lacklustre sometimes, don’t they? Finishing techniques like foil stamping adds fine details, creating a luxurious depth to the design. It just gives your final result that extra flair and makes it even more exciting to hold. Depending on how elaborate the design is, everything from the name, monogram, map details, to envelope liners can be furnished with finishing techniques. Of course, there’s a number of various finishing techniques to choose from. The question is, which is the right one for your project?

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Choosing Papers for Printing

I’m sure fellow stationery enthusiasts will agree – the world of paper is a very exciting one! If textured fancy paper is neat and elegant, handmade paper shines with its own unique distinctions. When it comes to deciding what kind of paper to print your project on, budget matters, on top of design direction, wedding theme and personal preferences. Handmade paper will cost more and you’ll find its printing options are rather limited. If the design brief calls for something colorful with full colour illustrations, I would go with fancy or cotton paper suitable for offset and digital print. On the other hand, if the client doesn’t mind three colours or less, handmade paper also becomes a good choice.Continue Reading →

A Guide to Printing Techniques

Gold foil on handmade paper with wax seal

After finalising a design, you naturally need to decide: How will you print the final artwork? Generally, the printing techniques depend on the design and quantity of the pieces. Letterpress printing or digital printing with a simple foil finish are wise options for smaller print runs. If you’re planning to print over 1,000 pieces, offset printing is a better choice as it gets cheaper the more you print. In this post, I’ll be sharing the main differences between digital, offset and letterpress printing.

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