Also known as ‘copperplate’ or ‘die stamping’, engraving is synonymous with high-end printing. This skilled and world renowned process, produces raised text using a copper die that leaves a gentle “bruise” on the back of the card, giving it a distinctive look.
Sometimes referred to as imitation engraving, thermography is a practical alternative that lacks engraving’s distinctive “bruise” on the back of the card. A resin powder is applied to wet ink and then heat fused to create raised text that has a slight sheen.
The traditional high quality offset process of flat printing works well in combination with most other printing processes. Pantone colours can be used for accurate spot colour matching . Process colours can be used for long full colour printing runs.
Simply by creating a three dimensional impression on the sheet with the use of a die and the absence of ink, blind embossing creates a visual and tactile appearance that is particularly effective with bold outlined artwork. A de-bossing effect can also be achieved (as shown).
When two or more sheets are bonded together. This process can be used to stick different materials together, create card of any weight or even to cover up the impression on the reverse of a stamped card.
Using a laser rather than a knife to cut the card, a higher degree of precision and detail can be achieved than the more conventional die cutting process. Intricate and elaborate designs become a feature of what is an increasingly popular process.