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Specialist print finishes - gold foiling, embossing and debossing - on wedding invitation

Enhance your marketing with our range of print finishes

If you’re after a distinctive piece of print that truly stands out from the crowd the specialist print finish you choose can make all the difference.

Why use a special print finish?

A special print finish can elevate a piece of print from something functional into something special. Print is all about creating an emotional connection. While a black and white business card will portray the same information as a full-colour card with embossing and spot UV varnishing, it won’t provoke the same response in its recipient. Likewise, wedding invitations, leaflets & flyers, brochures and more will all benefit from the addition of a special finish.

Types of print finishes


Differences between laminating & encapsulating

While similar, lamination and encapsulation are different processes.
Lamination is where a protective layer of thin plastic film is added to the surface of the paper or board. Fused with heat, the lamination protects the sheet and adds a quality tactile element to the page.

Lamination can be gloss or matt. Attracting attention by reflecting natural light, a gloss finish is effective on a poster. A matt finish meanwhile is appropriate for documents with a large volume of text, such as a menu or a business card.

Encapsulating, on the other hand, is where a sheet is enclosed by layers of plastic film. Because the film extends beyond the edge of the sheet, the finish is weatherproof. This makes it ideal for ID badges and exterior displays.


Die Cut Business Card

Die cutting, kiss cutting and hole punching

Die cutting creates curved or angled shapes in business stationery such as business cards, folders and wallets. A separate stage in the production process, die cutting can create print that is unique.
Kiss cutting on the other hand only scores the substrate, which is great for cutting a label shape, while leaving it on its roll. Hole punching is available to prepare a product for binding.


Embossing on print invitation

What are embossing & debossing?

By pressing metal dies together, embossing and debossing creates a 3D effect on the paper or card. Embossing is where part of the card is raised off the page, while debossing is pressed into it. Perfect for business cards, embossing makes the material more tactile.

This is effective as a standalone technique. However, more interesting designs can be achieved by combining finishes. Foil stamping is especially effective when used with embossing, highlighting the raised area with a metallic finish. This is known as ‘combination stamping’. Adding ink is known as ‘colour register embossing’.


Spot UV print finish on business card

Spot UV varnishing for business cards

Spot UV adds a reflective and glossy finish to individual (spot) areas on the page. By applying UV cured varnish over print on the page, attention is attracted to that part of the design. Spot UV varnish can also be flooded on the whole page deepening the colour of the printed area. Especially effective on business cards, postcards, invitations and flyers.


Gold foiling print finish on printed invitation

Gold/Silver foiling in Chiswick

Adding gold or silver foil to text or intricate details in a design can create an elegant finish. Popular on book spines throughout the 19th Century, heat is used to stamp foil onto the substrate. Any weight of stock can be used, and as demonstrated by those 19th century books, it won’t lose its lustrous finish over time.

Foiling is a good way of drawing attention to brochure covers or business cards, and can be combined with embossing to create an extra special effect.


Duplexed business card

Other types of print finishes

We use a combination of traditional and modern techniques to make your print stand out.

Ask us about duplexing, triplexing and multiplexing for extra thick business cards, thermography for sensational greeting cards, or detailed coloured edging that matches or contrasts with your print.



Types of binding

As well as the print finish, how a document is bound can make all the difference to its overall appearance. How your document will be used will heavily influence the type of binding you choose.

Kall Kwik Chiswick can provide the following binding services:

  • Comb binding
  • Spiral binding
  • Wire binding
  • Perfect binding
  • Stapling/saddle stitching.

Speak to our team to discuss your binding options.


Kall Kwik Chiswick are specialist print finishers in London

We’ve been printing in Chiswick for over 30 years. Whether you require flyers or poster printing, letterheads or books, we can print marketing material that looks great. If you’re a business in the W3, W4 or W6 postcodes we can deliver using our delivery van.