A-size envelope: Envelopes (with square flaps) come in a variety of colors, finishes and sizes, commonly used for invitations and accessories. Available from A-1 to A-10, see size chart.
Backer: A heavy card usually a dark color to support a printed sheet. We carry many colors and cut to any size.
Baronial size: Consists of 4-bar; 5 1/2-bar; 6-bar; & Lee or Embassy sizes. See size chart. Traditional announcements, widely used by businesses as a notice for moving, vacation, personal promotions etc. Very popular with panel (indent border) as a card or fold-over.
Bleed: Any image with coverage to the end of the sheet (no margin). We can supply oversize paper to accommodate bleed and then to be cut to size after printing.
Card: A simple four corner card usually a heavy stock, ideal for invitations, responds, thank you, etc. We can cut it to any size.
Commercial env.: Oblong envelopes commonly used in business correspondence. See size chart.
Cover stock: Heavy paper stock, used for business cards, report covers, soft book covers, etc. Must be scored to be folded. Available in many light and dark colors, and different weights.
Deckle Edge: Uneven, feathery finish on edge of paper, very common on parchment.
Magnesium - Economical photo-etched die used for stamping and embossing.
Copper - Photo-etched die used for stamping of long runs and/or repeat work.
Brass - Hand engraved die used for 3-D or detail enhanced embossing.
Die Cutting Die - Used for die cutting.
Die cutting: The process of cutting designs and shapes into or around paper by using special dies made from metal knives. Scoring, perforating and hole punching can be done in the same process.
Debossing: An image is pressed into paper using a special die, resulting in an image that is lower than the paper surface.
Embossing: An image is pressed from the back of the paper into a die on the press which makes an embossed /raised image on the front of the sheet, very popular with monograms on invitations or logos on report covers etc.
Foil stamping: A process by which an image is transferred by applying heat and pressure. This image is transferred from a roll of film/foil to the paper surface using a special die, many foil metallic colors, gold, silver copper, pearl etc. can be used.
Fold-over: Any sheet of paper with score for folding. Used for any purpose from announcements to menu covers and more. We can supply any size and score to specification.
French Fold: A sheet of paper folded twice, first in half and then again in half creates a french fold. Commonly used for invitations, not advisable for cover stock.
Gate Fold: A folder with a left and right half-panels which fold toward the center of the larger middle panel.
Gold stamping: A gold metallic foil is used in the stamping process. See foil stamping.
Guillotine Cutting: Straight machine cutting of paper.
Inside Envelope: The inside envelope is an envelope that is placed in the larger outside addressed envelope and it contains the invitation and all enclosures. The inside envelope does not have gum on the flap, and many times has the name of the invitee on the front. Available with many items.
The process of preparing the machine for production.
Open calendar Invites, folders etc. opens from bottom to top as calendar style.
Panel cards See baronial size or panel.
Panel: Each section of paper on a folder or card prepared for printing is called a panel. As in two facing panels. or a folder has four panels; or this folder has a blank panel.
Panel: The center section of a card is debossed (pressed in) and creates a raised panel/border around card. It is proper to print only on the front center of the card.
Pearl stamping: A pearl finish which is applied to paper with a stamping process, see foil stamping.
Pearlized: A pearl lustrous finish which is applied by a stamping process. See pearl stamping.
Score: To indent the sheet on the spot where it will be folded.
Scoring: This prepares the sheet to be folded evenly and without cracking. This can be done with a high speed rotary machine, or on a die cutting press, if stock is very heavy. We can score to your specification.
Scratch off foil: A process of which a block out foil is applied on a printed area used in lotteries, games and promotions.
Self mailer: A sheet of cover stock with several scores. The same sheet is used as an invite and a mailer. The front panel is for addressing and postage. A seal is used to close flap.
Short Fold: A sheet of paper folded not in center forming a shorter front panel and a longer back panel .
Silk: A fine, rich finish with a silk pattern. Very popular with high end announcements.
Smoke Emboss A tinted foil is used with the embossing process which adds a light transparent color to the embossed area, a smoke or foggy look. This adds more definition to the embossing.
Tint Foil: A foil which is used to apply light color to an embossing, stamping or debossing process. See smoke emboss.
Translucent: A sheet of paper that is smooth and slightly transparent, sometimes cloudy. It is used as an insert to print on, or a wrap around on an invitation. Some refer to it as a parchment paper. Also available as envelopes in many sizes.
Vellum A traditional finish used for social and wedding invitations.
Z-Fold A sheet with several scores to create an accordion fold.
3-Fold It has a left, middle and right panel when fully opened. Left and right panel are folded inward on center.
3-D embossing A 3-D image is embossed onto paper, this is accomplished by using a hand engraved brass die.