Subtle kiss or passionate bite
Inking and deep impression are done at the same time, simultaneously. The plate is pressed into the paper to leave its mark. We can achieve striking depth or a more subtle one depending on what paper is being used and the intention of the design.
If you want a deep impression is better to use thicker cotton papers, which is also a great choice if you don’t want to show the mark on the other side. The best choice of paper depends on each particular case, if you want, ask us what would be the best option for your design.
Accurate and precise printing
Instead of using ink we only press the plate to the paper. It is most suitable for logotypes or textures that ornament the design and not important texts that need to be read clearly.
When combined with other parts printed with ink it becomes very appealing and suggestive.
Just like with letterpress printing, the final look will depend on the paper thickness.
If you are looking for a sexy appearance this is the way to go, if you are more concerned with legibility you might want to print with very light inks.
Ink or blind deboss?
Preserving delicacy, adding legibility
In some cases a blind deboss is not the best choice if you need the information to be read at a first glimpse.
Instead, we can print with very light inks and accomplish a delicate and seductive effect at the same time. It might seem a blind emboss but if there are not the appropriate lighting conditions, you will still be able to read it.
Make your design pop up
If you want the design to pop up from the paper instead of being pressed in, this is your way to go!
Just have in mind that this can be done with thinner papers and that on the opposite side the negative shape of the emboss will show.
A touch of light and distinction
When printing on thicker papers a great way to make a difference is to paint the edges with a color that contrasts the cards. It is a great option if your cards are one color or if you want to emphasize on a branding.
Combining papers, colors and textures
Duplexing is an ancient bookbinding technique that offers excellent results and finishes.
It is a great opportunity to mix papers, textures and colors.
You can have 2, 3 or more papers together and
explore different looks and feel of your project.
It is also be a great solution when you don’t want to mark the paper on the opposite side when printing with a deep impression.
Glow or opaque?
Metallics inks with letterpress printing tend to be less glossy and have more of a matte look and feel. They work better combined with darker color papers.
In some cases this can suit the design intentions of the pieces, if that is not your case, ask us about printing with hot foil.
Illustrations, calligraphy and drawings
Other options with the same technique
Even though letterpress excels at printing vectors and typography, a lot can be accomplished mixing other techniques.
We can print from some type of hand made drawings, photographs, calligraphy and others.
Get in touch with us if you want to know more.