Thermography is sometimes called “the poor man’s engraving”. It is a heat process that raises the print above the page to give it relief that one can feel. A fine powder is sprinkled onto printed paper or card, whilst the ink is still wet. The card is then passed through a heat process that fuses the powder with the ink. Whilst some thermography can look rather bold and shiny, Piccolo uses a special very fine matt powder that gives a result as close looking to diestamping/ engraving as possible. It is a particularly successful process for invitations and writing paper.

Please note that our thermography will not be compatible with subsequent passing through a laser printer. There may also be a small amount of card curling. This will go once the card or paper has had time to cool and absorb moisture from the air.

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