LETTERPRESS & HOT FOIL PRINTING
At Babooche Calligraphy we offer a variety of printing techniques for your stationery including letterpress.
We love to create stationery and paper goods that are tactile and beautiful to look at. We have a fascination with creating paper goods that are textured and tactile.
Letterpress printing is created on a printing press and was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid 15th century. It was the only printing technique at the time.
It was widely used for books and for distributing information in a printed format.
At Babooche Calligraphy we have an Arab printing press called ‘Prince’! It was built in 1896 by Josiah Wade who was the inventor of the Arab Press. See the picture below of the press (that’s me stood proudly by its side!)
WHAT IS LETTERPRESS PRINTING?
Letterpress printing is a type of relief printing where the design, together with ink is pressed onto the paper and creates a debossed effect. The result is a texturised and tactile impression and gives a unique feel. At Babooche Calligraphy we letterpress everything by hand on our antique Arab press. We create each of our designs digitally and that is etched onto a polymer plate which is then placed on the press. The inks we use on the press are hand mixed and come in an array of colours! The whole process produces a luxurious piece of stationery. Our press is operated by foot and is known as a treadle press and we love every bit of the process.
WHAT LETTERPRESS INK COLOURS DO YOU OFFER?
At Babooche Calligraphy we use oil based translucent inks. Pretty much all letterpress inks are translucent unless they say otherwise. For example, there is an opaque white and black ink which are not translucent. The great thing about translucent inks is that you can overprint one colour on another to create a third colour, which is great! What is also a nice thing about translucent inks is that when printing a large shape you will often see some of the card or paper showing through.
As mentioned above we use oil based inks and most of our colours are ready made but because we also use Pantone inks, we can mix to match any Pantone colour. So, please get in touch if there is a specific ink colour you would like.
Our most popular ink colours for letterpress printing are black, charcoal grey, navy and light grey. We also print in some metallic colours too which give that added sparkle.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LETTERPRESS & HOT FOIL PRINTING
Hot foil printing involves using a metal plate and sheet of metallic foil that is pressed with heat to a piece of paper. This produces a debossed effect into the paper and a shiny look to any design. We create each of our designs digitally and that is etched onto a thick sheet of magnesium which is then placed onto our hot foiling machine. We use an array of metallic colours at Babooche Calligraphy including but not limited to gold, rose gold, silver and copper. We can also foil in matt foil colours too like white, black and red for example. We love the sparkle you get when anything is hot foil printed.
WHAT IS DIGITAL PRINTING?
Digital printing is flat printing and the most common type of printing. It is what most people can do on their home or office printers. There is no debossed effect with digital printing. Digitally printing can be created in black and white or full colour. This is the most cost effective form of printing.
MIXING PRINTING TECHNIQUES
As letterpress and hot foil printing can be expensive we always advise our clients that they have the option to mix printing techniques. The cost of letterpress and hot foil printing depends on the size of the design. An A5 sized invitation that has a large design to be hot foil printed will cost more than just having a couple’s names foiled as the plate size will be smaller. We like to offer our clients the option of mixing digital printing with letterpress or hot foil printing. That way all our clients can utilise some luxury printing techniques in their stationery.