Copper-Plate Printing & Die-Stamping
The process of die-stamping is used to create stationery with a raised image or text. The paper or board is traditionally hand fed onto a die or copper-plate printing press. Uniquely, these presses print and emboss at the same time. During this process, a roller transfers a thick layer of ink onto the substrate which gives the luxurious look and feel that no other printing method can achieve. The engraved process is the pinnacle of the art of printing to which the discerning client aspires. This process can also be used without the use of ink, to create a 'blind embossing'.
Thermo & Litho
Thermography is the production of raised images using heat. The substrate is printed with a wet ink that is then coat with a thermoplastic powder. When heated, this powder sticks to the wet printed areas of the paper or card, thus creating a slightly raised image.
We are able to produce a range of thermo effects, including metallic, laser-proof, two-sided, multi coloured, gloss and matt. We can print thick invitations, up to 1000gsm on pre-gilded cards, with print bleeding off all four edges.
Foil stamping, typically a commercial print process, is the application of pigmented or metallic foil, often gold or silver, to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper. Foil stamping can be combined with embossing to create a more striking 3D image. Nowadays, this process is becoming more and more popular with invitations.
Exquisite engraved stationery must start with an engraved die or plate. At Empress we are blessed with the rarest of beings, a fabulous 'All round' engraver. Whether it is a hand engraved wedding invitation to be lovingly carved into a copper plate, a multi-colour coat of arms, or a peri-etched die created from your PDF artwork, we can create almost any image to be transferred on to your bespoke stationery.
Gilt & Coloured Edging
The gilding process is a means of applying a very thin layer of gold or silver metal to the edge of your stationery, therefore giving it a wonderfully luxurious finish. Whether you prefer square or rounded corners, nothing can quite match the impressive quality of a hand gilded invitation card.
These days however, it is becoming increasingly popular to have colour edged stationery. We can either match the colour used during the print process, or choose a different colour to contrast with the main image. We are also able to bevel the card edge to enhance the look of any item. If required, we have fluorescent colours available to create a really striking impact.
Letterpress is an ancient printing technique that involves printing words or designs with ink while simultaneously debossing the image into thick, soft paper. Letterpress was the everyday printing technique for 5 centuries until offset lithography took over. Recently, Letterpress has made a huge comeback, becoming increasingly popular in personal and business stationery.