Gutenberg couldn't have beeen more proud.
Letterpress refers to the relief printing of text and image using a reversed, raised surface which is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. It was the normal form of printing text in the west from its invention, by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century, until the 19th century and remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century. The rich papers and handcrafting give letterpress an aesthetic of elegance and tradition that stands the test of time. In the past 15 years, letterpress has made a marked resurgence as the prefered choice for sophisticated wedding invitations or business stationery.
Design... raised to a higher level.
Engraving uses a metal die with an impression cut into the surface is filled with an opaque engraving ink then pressed against paper creating raised areas of the paper coated with ink and has been a trusted choice in stationery since your grandparents jumped to broom. Engraving creates the raised surface on the front of the paper and works really well with dark paper stocks as light colored inks retain their original tone unlike other printing processes. Using this method, pieces can be produced with inks that are truly metallic, as opposed to matte ink based approximations. With engraving, your designs are treated with a reverence once reserved for royalty.
Rubel without a cause.
Offset printing uses five cylinders to transfer the image onto the paper stock and is the most common form of printing today with over 40% of all printing being produced in this manner. Invented in 1903 by Ira Wasington Rubel, this method of printing allows for full four-color CMYK printing as well as the use of Pantone and Spot colors to produce beautiful, precise prints with superior color and consistency over long runs.
Some like it HOT.
Thermography uses a powdered polymer which reacts to heat to raise the ink on the paper stock. Often a favorite amongst those who want a raised print process without the cost of dies or longer turnaround times that can sometimes come with engraving. In house, we offer also offer four-color close registration printing. Thermography offers a glossy finish that makes your designs pop, however light inks on a dark paper stock cannot be achieved.
It's not just for eye surgery.
Laser printing uses a laser beam to project an image onto an electrically charged rotating drum. Dry ink is then electrostatically picked up by the drum's charged areas. The drum then prints the image onto paper by direct contact and heat, which fuses the ink to the paper. For when you need your prints ASAP, laser printing is a full four-color process which can be applied to a variety of different paper stocks of various textures, weights, and colors.
Stamping out the compettition.
Foil Stamping uses a heated die and colored foil to apply graphics to the surface of the paper stock. This works best for monochromatic designs as well as multi-colored designs on dark paper stocks. Foil Stamping yieldes a high gloss, metallic shine to the affected areas of your prints.
Down to the last detail.
At Arthur's Invitations and Prints we carry your print job to completion with all the bells and whistles:
- Envelope Addressing
- Customized Place Cards and Table Cards
- Custom Envelope Linings
- Custom Labels and Folders
- Die and Laser Cutting
- Customized Notepads, Brochures, and More*.
It ain't done... 'till it's DONE.
We provide several options for finishing your prints here at Arthur's Invitations and Prints. Finishing services include:
- Hole Punching
- Corner Rounding
- Color Bordering and Edging