Foil Stamping

What is foil stamping? Foil stamping, hot stamping or hot foil stamping is the application of pigment or metallic foil to paper using a heated die. The die presses the foil onto the surface under pressure, leaving the design of the die on the paper.  Foil stamping, or foil printing is frequently combined with embossing to produce a three-dimensional image.

Foil Stamping

There are many types of foil that can make your printed piece stand out.

  • Metallic foils have a sheen and a shine or shimmer, and comes in a variety of colours, such as gold, silver, copper, blue, green and red.
  • Gloss pigments foils have a high glossy, but non-metallic finish and come in many colours
  • Matte pigments foils have a dull finish with deep solid colours
  • Special effect foils such as marbles, wood grains, leathers or pearls add distinctive texture and looks
  • Holographic foils use the transfer of a hologram image onto unique foils.  Holographic foils add a dramatic effect that often provides a “high-tech” look.

Foil Stamping

Foil Stamping

The key benefits of foil stamping includes.

  1. Greater brand perception: Research shows that by adding gold foil printing or other interesting effects to your piece, consumers perceive a higher value and quality of your product
  2. Attention-grabbing effects: Foil stamping makes your printed piece stand out from the crowd with distinctive and eye-catching appeal.

Foil Stamping

Foil Stamping

Foil can be applied to most paper stocks, even magnetic paper.  However, the ideal paper stock for metallic foil or other foil stamps is gloss cover or other stocks with a smooth surface.  Linen or other textured papers can be a challenge for foil due to their uneven surfaces.  Business cards, brochures, presentation folders, greeting cards, note cards or invitations are some of the endless possibilities that you can foil stamp.

Foil Stamping

Foil Stamping

Foil Stamping

We have just installed new machinery for foil stamping for sheets up to 20” x 31.”  Our new machine can die-cut, deboss, emboss or foil stamp!

TIPS FOR REDUCING PROBLEMS IN THE BINDERY

Always have at least one folio showing per spread

The viewer doesn’t interact with a single spread.  They have the entire thing, well over a hundred pages in their hands and they like to know where they are as they flip through.  They don’t need to be on every page, but at least one of each facing one.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

We’re installing two 40” die-cutters and three machines to produce die-cut glued “Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolios.”

What is a regular standard portfolio?  Picture #1 and #2 shows a standard 2 pocket die-cut glued portfolio that can hold very few sheets of paper.  Several companies in the Toronto market can die-cut, glue and fold, one or two standard pocket portfolios.  We can now produce them in a wide range of sizes, stock weight with one or two pockets.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

But as per usual we can do something very few binderies/finishing houses can do…the ability to produce “Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolios!”

What is a “Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio?”  A “Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio” is the same as a regular die-cut, glued and folded “portfolio” but with the substantial difference that one or two pockets are formed like a gusset (box)!

Pictures #3, #4 and #5 shows the two-gusset capacity pocket portfolio.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Picture #6 show the gusset capacity pocket portfolio when closed.  Pictures #7 and #8 show the product open with gusset capacity pocket on one side and regular “flat” pocket on the opposite side.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Pictures #9, #10 and #11 show a gusset capacity pocket portfolio on one side and a “flat” pocket on the opposite side.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Picture #12 is a double gusset capacity pocket portfolio closed.  Picture #13 shows the double capacity pocket portfolio when open and picture #14 illustrates the two gusset capacity pockets portfolio with flaps.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Picture #15 is a single shaped gusset capacity pocket portfolio.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Pictures #16 and #17 is another example of a gusset capacity pocket portfolio and a regular “flat” pocket.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Pictures #18, #19 and #20 illustrates a gusset capacity pocket portfolio in an unusually large size.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

We can produce

  1. Gusset capacity pockets at the side or bottom of the piece
  2. Two different gusset capacity pockets in one piece. For example: one gusset capacity pocket might be ¼” and the other ½”
  3. Gusset capacity pockets with flaps (see pictures #13 and #14)

For “Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolios” in quantities of 100’s or 100’s of thousands; from 4” square to 16” square on a wide range of stocks…call us.  We can help!

 

TIPS FOR REDUCING PROBLEMS IN THE BINDERY

Don’t place content too close to the trim edge or gutter.

The technology used to trim and bind publications hasn’t really changed much.  The best bindery has to account for some leeway when trimming finished copies of brochures and books.  Its advisable not to print too near a trim edge.  The fact that it might get guillotined off during the binding process is only half the story.  It’s harder to detect small changes in the gap between the text area and the trim if the said gap is generous enough to absorb a slight variance in width or height.  Overly narrow margins will visibly “jump” if the pages of a book are thumbed rapidly, so try to allow at least ¼ inch for small items like folios.

Giant Case Bound Book

Giant Case Bound Book

What does a giant case-bound (hard back) book look like?  The following pictures tell the answer.  Giant case bound books are made for one of four reasons that I can only summarize.

Giant Case Bound Book

Giant Case Bound Book

  1. For durability the publisher/customer wants heavier than average paper for the pages such as 100lb offset because there is so much copy or picture, the book ends up being REALLY thick.
  2. The author wants a large number of dramatic pictures to be wonderfully and dramatically displayed so they pick an extra wide format such as up to 18” square!
  3. The client/author wants the book to stand out from all others and is willing to spend a great deal of extra money on a giant sized hard-back book.  You see oversized hard-back books in book sections of a large book store in categories such as fashion design, architecture, art and cook books
  4. The author wants a giant book because they want to “mirror” the effect of the books content; subjects such as mountains, tall buildings, airplanes, lakes etc.

Giant Case Bound Book

Giant Case Bound Book

We can produce giant case-bound books that are symth sewn up to 4” thick, 16” face to spine and 18” head to foot.  We can perfect bind and hard cover case bind books up to 20” head to foot and 17” face to spine.

Giant Case Bound Book

Giant Case Bound Book

Giant Case Bound Book

The “giant” case-bound books can be cloth or litho paper wrapped, have foil gilded or stained edges, have metal corners, head-bands…in short, all the “extras” a regular sized book might have.  If you need a “giant” case-bound book…call us we can help!

Wire-o-binding Continued …

Wire-o-binding

Another Eblast for Wire-o?  I just did one last week!  Last week was about styles and price ratios.  This week is about ideas, unusual sizes, shapes, stands, material and etc…

Picture #1 is a massive piece measuring 18” x 24”!

Wire-o-binding

Picture #2 is screen printed plastic used for pricing at store like Walmart.  Usually when we do price books the pages have numbers from zero to nine.

Wire-o-binding

Picture #3 is die-cut shaped and very wide.

Wire-o-binding

Picture #4 and #5 is a long narrow book with a full back and white cover.  However, upon opening the cover; presto there are 6 different separate books!

wire-o-binding

wire-o-binding

Picture #6 shows 18 of some 30 plus colours that wire-o comes in.  Sometimes a client wants a colour match…UPS brown…Home Depot orange…Royal Bank blue…T. D Bank green, IBM blue…no problem.  We can often colour paint silver wire-o to the colour your job needs!

wire-o-binding

Picture #7 shows wire-o spaced…in 3 colours.

wire-o-binding

Picture #8 shows a die-cut shaped book on a “stand.”

wire-o-binding

Picture #9 until recently the maximum thickness for wire-o was 1 1/8”.  Now we can bind up to 1 1/2”

wire-o-binding

Picture #10 and #11 show a one-piece case wrapped cover in a wire-o book.

wire-o-binding

wire-o-binding

Picture #12 shows a plastic vacuum formed cover.  The “knife” is hollow.  The inside of the cover is lined with 20pt cover material.

wire-o-binding

Picture #13 and #14 show a “giant” wire-o board book.  It measures 34 ½” wide 19” deep and when opened it measures 38” x 34 ½”.  It is the first job I’ve seen that specified two “calendar hanger loops.”

wire-o-binding

When designing a wire-o bound book style don’t be constrained by size, shape, material, stand styles…the range is incredibly wide!

 

Wire-o-binding

What is Wire-o-binding? Wire-o-binding is a continuous series of looped wire, usually extending the spine length of a book looped through holes. The holes are usually rectangular although they are sometimes circular.

Wire-o-binding is one of four styles of binding called “mechanical binding” which also includes cerlox (Americans call it comb), spiral wire and plasticoil. Of these four binding methods the wire-o-binding method is by far the most popular.

Pictures below are numbered 1 to 9 in the order of binding cost. Number 1 is the most popular and cheapest to produce. Numbers 9 and 10 are entirely different styles. Number 9 is a stand up “flip” easel style and number 10 which is bound with a “looped wire” inserted into the wire-o-binding is meant to be hung on a wall.

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-bound books can be as thin as two sheets up to 1 1/2” thick.  The wire-o-binding comes in up to forty colours.  There are two different punch hole spacings.  From the thinnest up to 5/8” have three holes per inch.  From 11/16” to 1 1/2” there are 2 holes per inch.  In the design stage the different hole spacings can be important for graphic designers to know.

Features

  • Smooth
  • Binding is round
  • Binding is usually shiny

Benefits

  • Perfect alignment when the book is opened from side to side
  • Wire-o “ends of wire” can only be seen inside of book cover
  • When the books are open the opening (or gutter) is quite narrow

Moleskin

What is a Moleskin?  A Moleskin is a branded “diary,” “notebook,” or “planner” book.  See pictures below.

Moleskin is an Italian company that sold over one billion dollar’s worth of books in 2016!!!  It is still growing.  In the age of tablets, smartphones etc…why?  The reasons are somewhat complex but the biggest reason is people’s desire to experience what has become a “tactile feeling,” a desire to particularly engage, an urge to be creative.

The vast majority of “Moleskin” books are

  1. Hard covered
  2. Smyth sewn
  3. Have an expandable envelope glued into the book cover
  4. Have ruled or lined pages
  5. Elastic closure

They come in various sizes; usually the same thickness, the same paper and rounded corners.

A visit to any major book store and a chat with the managers always indicates that the “diary,” “notebook,” section of the store is growing steadily, and always the largest section in the notebook section is devoted to “Moleskin.”  Moleskin has a number of competitions.  The biggest one is very similar to Moleskin except the pages are heavier stock, the pages are numbered and there are some different coloured covers.

I feel from everything I have seen and read I feel that the “diary,” “notebook” market will keep growing.  How is this information useful to a graphic designer or printer?  Many corporations from startups to some “Fortune 500 companies” want to customize “Moleskin” books.  Everything from simply buying a few hundred Moleskin books and foil stamping or debossing the corporate name in the front cover to

  1. Printing the corporate name on every page
  2. Numbering the pages
  3. Colour staining of the head, foot and face of the book
  4. Different coloured cover (to maybe match their corporate colour)
  5. A coloured envelope in the back cover or no envelope at all

In my experience a printer can produce the Moleskin “knock-off,” cheaper than the cost of buying a regular Moleskin.  I’ve seen situations where a printer wanted to copy a “Moleskin” exactly.  A problem presented.  Moleskin with their massive buying power went to a cover material manufacturer and ordered itself truckloads of a custom coloured cover material.  We had access to numerous colours of the same material but not the colour of the Moleskin cover.  Solution…. get another standard colour of the same material and screen print the exact colour as the Moleskin.

See if your clients are interested. Tell them what is available.  Moleskin the concept.  We’re going to see more of them!

Pictures #1 to #3 show a classic Moleskin.  They always “debossed” on the cover, has coloured (sometimes matching colour or contrasting) elasticized cloth “rope” on the back cover, ruled sheets, round corners, and “expandable envelope” in the back cover.

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

Pictures #4 to 6 show a highly customized “Moleskin” for a major corporation.  For something as big as the “Game of Thrones,” the name Moleskin is still first and centre on the front cover!  Picture #5 is a customized “endpaper.”  Picture #6 is the traditional expandable envelope on the back cover that has been personalized.

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

Pictures #7 and #8 are a “knock-off” Moleskin.  Everything is the same as a Moleskin except a highly decorative cover and both ribbon book mark and “book elastic” are different colours than the cover.  Picture #9 and #10 are another “knock-off” called “Poppin.” Basically, the same as a Moleskin only with “metalized” cover (cover is flexible) and elastic at the back.

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

Pictures #11 to #14 are of yet another “knock-off.”  The difference here is picture #13 and #14 have a printed front and back endpapers.  Both of the “knock-off” sells millions of copies world wide.  Picture #15, produced locally is 90% the same as a Moleskin except customized pages.

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

Pictures #16 to #18 show much-used Moleskins.  Proof that people still write.

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

 

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper…so what!

I’m seeing a trend. The appearance of natural brown kraft paper, rough board and “fine-flute” brown corrugated in a number of areas. It’s the natural look, recycled look, environmentally friendly look, the back to nature look…the look that universally elicits a positive reaction.

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Where I see it in our shop is in the production of books and booklets. Picture #1 is a hard covered case bound book. Picture #2 is a booklet with a “fine-flute” corrugated “natural cover” and “kraft” pages. Pictures #3 and 4 are booklets with kraft covers and natural cloth taped spines. Most of the pages in picture #5 are kraft paper. Ring binders are increasingly “wrapped” in plain kraft. Titles are often embossed or debossed. Pictures #6, 7, 8 and 9 are various binder styles wrapped in kraft paper.

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

The largest market segment is packaging. Whether the product is jewelry (Picture #10), cups (Picture #11), pots (Picture #12), clothing (Picture #13), a label or jar top (Picture #14), nail polish colour (Picture #15), stationary (Picture #16), eating utensils (Picture #17)…the range is varied.

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

I feel graphic designers and printers should be aware of this. I believe the “natural look” will be a growing trend as all the packaging market increases. Kraft, natural coloured paper still requires design, printing, die-cutting, gluing, windowing…all the applications as all other “paper/board packaging” needs.

Features

  • Brown in various shades
    Rougher surface than regular coated paper

Benefits

  • Kraft like “paper” is increasingly readily available
  • It conveys a distinct image more effectively than any other kind of paper
  • It gives graphic designers and printers in other product to design and print

Ball Chain

What is a “Ball chain”?

As these pictures show a “Ball chain” it is the same thing as the common “keychain.”

In a bindery context the “Ball chain” can serve four different functions.  The commonest would be to hold 2 or more “cards” together such as shown in picture #1, 5 and 6.

 

Ball Chain

Ball Chain

Ball Chain

The second function would be to act similar to a saddle stitched book as pictured in #4.  Instead of wire stitches the pages are “bound together” with a “Ball chain.”

Ball Chain

The third use would be to act as a “tag string.”  Instead of stringing the “tag” a “Ball chain” is used.  Pictures #2, 3 and 7 illustrates this.

Ball Chain

Ball Chain

Ball Chain

The fourth application is to “attach” a folder or a card to a larger piece as shown in pictures #8 and 9.

Ball Chain

Ball Chain

Ball chains come in several colours as shown in pictures #2, 3, 4, 10 and 11.  Pictures #10 and 11 also illustrates chains of various thicknesses.  When purchasing “Ball chains” you don’t have to worry about length because the “chains” are purchased on large spools.  The “balls” come in a jar.  The chains can be “cut-to-length” with a pair of scissors, the ball snap at the end, the chain is inserted and snapped shut…presto, finished job!

Ball Chain

Ball Chain

Features

  • Smooth
  • Fluid
  • Flexible

Benefits

  • Differentiates product
  • Can be colour coordinated with the printed product
  • No instructions needed for uses to open and close

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

What are Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books?  Casebound books that are regular case bound/hard book bound books except they are very, very small.  They like large books are smyth sewn, have case-wrap board covers, have head and tail bands, endpapers (sometimes with ribbon or a paper dust jacket).  You often see this in rotary racks in stores (of course Chapters) near the checkout counters.

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

Some Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books are like regular casebound books that are lithowrap (see picture #1), some are wrap with our material (see picture #2), some have a dust jacket (see picture #3), some are smyth sewn (see picture #4) some are perfect bound (see left side of picture #5)

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

 

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

Almost all of them are made in China…however we can STILL make them.  Someone who might want an “attention getter” called a “miniature board book,” or who needs them for a promo quickly…we can help.Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

For runs of a few hundred we can sometimes beat Chinese pricing.  We can definitely beat their delivery time and for a highly custom order we can suggest 100’s of colours, textures, materials and “add-ones.”

Features

  • Small
  • “Cute”
  • Unusual

 Benefits

  • Quickly draws attention and interest

 

Japanese Ribbon Binding

Months ago I did an E-mail on Japanese Binding. The product here is called “Japanese Ribbon Binding”.  I’ve looked up a number of websites and three of them call this product “Fancy Binding”.  The name Japanese Ribbon Binding is a copyrighted term.  Fancy Binding as a term is not possible to copyright because it is too generic.  These ribbon books are impressive!  We can produce them from a range of about 250 colours of ribbons; shiny/dull ribbons, ribbed ribbons, patterned ribbons, edged ribbons…the list goes on.

Japanese Ribbon Binding

 

Japanese Ribbon Binding

This binding style can be almost any size, for example it may be 4”x5” to as big as 16”x16”.  If the cover is a hardcover it must be “creased” (or scored) next to the binding so the cover can bend open.  I’ve seen books like this with fancy “ties” at each end of the ribbon; some with various hole spacings, one with double ribbons for 2 colours, one with an “eyelet” on each hole…let your imagination WANDER.

Japanese Ribbon Binding

Japanese Ribbon Binding

Features

  • Soft
  • Flexible

Benefits

  • Colourful
  • Highly distinctive
  • Lots of room for creativity

Factor to consider

  • How is the book going to be used, eg. context office, some to be used by kids…etc

Japanese Ribbon Binding