The latest trend is “thick” or “heavy” paper- this is achieved at Abbey Press by laminating, layering or pasting. We take multiple sheets of paper or card stock and “paste” them together. Largely used today for weddings and announcements. Depending on the final selected appearance, there are several options to choose from when deciding your laminating possibilities.
First, choose a sheet to be used as the top sheet. Decide how this will be printed, letterpress printed, engraved or offset printed? Care should be used to choose a sheet that will best compliment the printing process. Next, do you want the bottom sheet to be a match of the top sheet or are you trying to achieve a duo tone or duplex look? Also, will the bottom sheet be printed as well? If so, the same care should be given when selecting the bottom sheet as well as the top sheet.
Next, how thick do you want this piece to be? If two sheets of cover stock pasted together what you desire then all that is needed is to final trim the piece and decide on an edge treatment.
However, if a much thicker piece is desired we can “sandwich” in between the top and bottom sheets, filler sheet if needed. This can be more of the same paper as the top sheet so when we final trim or bevel the edge, the entire sheet will look like it is all one, heavy, ultra thick board. Or, you can choose less expensive chipboard as a filler sheet. This is a very popular option but remember, once you final trim or bevel the edge you visually see the unattractive edge of the chipboard, sandwiched in between, all the way around. To overcome this we can dress this up and color the edge using metallic gold, silver, glitter or any PMS color of your choosing.