Steel Rule Die-cutting

What is Steel Rule Die-cutting?  It is useful to use the words “steel rule” to describe one type of die-cutting because 2 completely different kinds or “styles” of die-cutting are Laser die-cutting PMC die-cutting Laser die-cutting “cuts” the paper with a laser “beam.” PMC die-cutting “die-cuts” three-inch-high piles of paper in one cycle.  The process includes making cuts in a…

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Embossing

What is Embossing? Embossing is the process of using male and female etched dies (typically made of magnesium, brass or copper) and heat to raise or push letters or a design above the surface of a sheet of paper; it creates an eye-catching three-dimensional effect. The embossing die is made with a reversed image of the design. When this process…

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Button & Tie

Button & Tie – Several months ago I did an eblast about “button & tie,” (sometimes called “button & string”).  We are seeing more jobs requiring a “button & tie string” increasingly.  We are getting calls to colour match the two “circles” or colour match the string or…colour match the eyelet!  Ninety-nine percent of the jobs have a common diameter…

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Samples

One of the most important parts of the sales process for both graphic designers and printers is the procession and use of finished samples.  The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is still very true.  Could I suggest that a sample is better than a thousand pictures! We have the largest sample department for finish/bindery products in…

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Sleeves

What do sleeves mean in the context of a bindery?  Sleeves in the bindery world are meant to house 1 or 2 or 3 books, or a ring binder, or a tray or smaller box. I’ve seen sleeves made out of literally hundreds of different materials; different colours, textures, gauges, patterns, velvet, suede…the list goes on.  Ask me what is…

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Menus

In 2016 I did an Eblast about menus and why they should be of interest to graphic designers and printers.  The restaurant menu market continues to grow!  Increasingly people are “eating out.”  Increasingly people want something new.  Increasingly people want a better experience.  Part of the “restaurant experience” is the physical menu. Our supplies are consistently expanding the number of…

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Perfect Bound Books

Perfect bound books, as far as the bindery is concerned are fairly boring. 99% of them are simply a front cover and back cover with a printed spine.  The following pictures shows creative ways to make a cover interactive, stand out, get noticed and invoke a real spark of interest! Pictures #1 and 2 show some creative ways to make…

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Shopping Bags

What do “Shopping Bags” have to do with a bindery?  It’s simple…we make them! I feel the production of custom designed “Shopping Bags” has potential for future business for graphic designers and printers. As you can see from these pictures “Shopping Bags” come in very conceivable size;  narrow, square, odd shaped, some are sewn (see pictures #1, 2, 3), some…

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Book Binding Materials

We find that we are producing books and boxes with a wider range of materials.  In no particular order of frequency the following pictures display unusual, durable, effective and creative ways to use unusual materials. Picture #1 is a “Sheeted cork.”  It can be a flat “cover” sheet as pictured or as pictured in #8.  Cork can be made into…

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Acco Fasteners

What are Acco Fasteners (sometimes called “Acco prong paper fasteners” or “Acco 2-piece prong fasteners” or “Acco 2 hole fasteners”)?  All Acco fasteners consists of two pieces of metal (almost always shiny silver).  Two flat “prongs” are slid through 2 round holes drilled in paper.  The second metal piece called a “slider” has both prongs inserted through; bent and two…

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