Flexography

Flexography is a method of printing commonly used for packaging: labels, tape, bags & boxes.

Flexo uses a wider range of inks than traditional lithography - water and biodegradable rather than oil based - and is good at printing on a variety of materials.

Flexo inks generally have a low viscosity enabling faster drying and hence faster production and lower costs.

Full colour printing is possible as well as spot colour processes, with individual plates being made to each required colour.


Screen-printing

Screen-printing is a technique that creates a sharp-edged image using a stencil.

A great process for short run projects that will allow for quick turnarounds.

During the print process, only one colour can be fed at any one time so we use only the best printers to avoid registration issues.

Envelope Printing

All of our metallic envelopes (excluded bubbles) can be printed, dependent on quantities and lead times. Flexo is more suited to larger runs, quantities of 1,000 plus. It is possible to run up to 8 colours at any time, including CMYK and specials. Flexo print can also enable you to have full coverage across the envelopes.

Notes:

Most ink will not give an opaque finish on clear material, even if there are several layers of ink, or a base layer of white ink. Screen printed inks will usually give a more opaque finish than flexo printing, as the ink is printed in a thicker layer, but we cannot guarantee the results.

The amount of black and white ink in the make-up of a Pantone colour will also affect the opacity of the ink. Colours with less black or white will remain more translucent and give a shinier finish on metallised films.

When printing onto metallised or coloured films, the substrate will affect the final colour of the print. This is especially true when printing onto silver translucent films, which may produce a far darker shade of colour.

If you are unsure about any issues relating to print on our envelopes then please ask us to run tests prior to manufacture, using your particular ink colour, chosen substrate and requested method of print, to check whether the results are likely to be suitable.

If there are any queries on this, then please contact one of our experienced production team who will be able to help on 01473 836 225.


Digital Printing

Digital printing is the reproduction of digital images onto a physical surface such as paper, film, cloth, plastic, etc.

Digital print is great; simple and quick and differentiated from litho printing in many ways:

Every impression on the paper can be different.

The ink is not absorbed by the paper, but forms a layer on the surface leaving a crisp, sharp image.

It is excellent for rapid prototyping or a small bespoke print run which means that it is more accessible to a wider range of clients.


Foil Blocking

Foil blocking can provide the ultimate in decorative appeal giving an impressive range of different colours plus pigmented, holographic and security foils.

All of these foil blocking effects can be combined with embossed images to produce varying tactile effects – any of which will enhance the printed message and create shelf appeal for cards, brochures, cartons, boxes and a whole lot more.


Embossing

Embossing gives you a stunning 3D effect, which is particularly effective when used in conjunction with other processes.

Most types of paper and boards can be foil blocked, embossed and debossed and there are no restrictions on size. 

It is worth noting the terminology: if you emboss paper, the letters become raised up out of the stock, whereas if you emboss pvc or leather it will push the letters into the stock.


Laser Cutting

Laser cutting directs the output of a high-power laser at the material to be cut.

The material melts, burns, vaporizes or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving a high quality surface finish.

Laser cutting allows for intricate paper cutting to create high impact finishes far greater than was ever achieved from die-cutting.

Laser cutting offers you clean, detailed cutting in most non-metallic materials. To get a similar effect on metal the process is different, and is etched using chemicals.


Varnishing

There a 3 main types of varnishing to give a great finish:

  • Gloss varnish enhances the appearance of print as the coating reflects the light and makes colours appear richer and more vivid.
  • Machine sealing is an invisible coating applied to print. It does not affect the appearance of the job, but ‘seals’ the ink under a protective coat, so there is no need to wait so long for the job to be dry enough to handle.
  • Spot UV varnish has the effect of highlighting and drawing attention to the design, it can also provide texture to a single printed surface.