The Art of Printing

Our approach to print draws upon the heritage of traditional methods, with classic design always held as a starting point.

We pay careful attention to the finer details when producing your artwork, which is always checked in relation to the typeface used. These tiny details add up to create a perfectly balanced item of beauty. Our work always demonstrates our meticulous nature, from the design process right through to the quality checking and packing of your order.

We offer a wide variety of textured print methods, from letterpress to die-stamping. The challenge we most enjoy is bringing these classic, traditional print methods up to date, for contemporary use. This means that as well as offering the most classic and formal style, we are able to create stunning, contemporary print, enhanced by the use of these timeless methods. Offering an entirely  bespoke service means there are many ingredients to consider when creating your unique printed project.

Print Methods Explained

Litho: (Flat printing) Using the basic principle that water and oil don't mix, a flat metal plate is treated so that the text and image areas attract oil based ink and the non printed areas repel ink.

Thermo: (Raised print) Think of this like baking powder. This is an additional process – once an item has run through the litho or letterpress, a fine powder is immediately applied and the paper or board is run through a second heat device that bakes or cures the powder, leaving the ink raised. The ink has a gloss finish and an orange peel texture to thicker areas.

Letterpress: (Debossed) The earliest method of print with a press. An inked plate is pushed into board or paper, leaving an impression and the ink behind. This print method works best on soft, cotton papers, where a very deep impression can be achieved. Blind letterpress (without ink) can be very effective when used with bold type.

Die-stamping: (Engraving / Embossing) Considered the finest print method, die-stamping uses an etched copper die. This is inked and each sheet is hand fed into the press. Bruising on the back of the card acts as a reminder of the craftsmanship that goes into each piece. A particularly great effect is achieved when using metallic inks and multi level dies, where each item is passed through the press twice to be burnished.

Foiling: A heat process that uses an ultra thin foil instead of ink. A metal plate is heated and the foil passed between this and the paper sheet. Each one is pressed to achieve a stunning outcome, with matt, gloss and holographic foils available. It makes a great impact with bold lettering and can be very subtle when used on thin areas and with clear foils.