How much will my job cost?
Die stamping is a completely unique print process. No job is the same so generally that also applies to the costing. With Die stamping there is a cost for an engraved copperplate die. The price of these varies on the size of the print. However, for repeat print works these dies can be used again several times. This means that repeat print costs for things like business cards and letterheads can be a lot cheaper than the original cost. For your unique quote please contact us using the link below.
What happens to my engraved copperplate once used?
If your copperplate is one that can be used again, we will keep on site in your own file ready for future use. If you wish for your die to be sent to you with the job, whether as a keep sake or for your own safe keeping, we will be happy to oblige.
What should I check for when reviewing a PDF proof?
Before we produce a job, unless the artwork was sent directly from you, we will forward a PDF proof for your approval. When you receive this we advise you read through it carefully, ensuring all the text is in the correct place and that it all make sense and all words are spelt correctly.
What files should I send?
Generally, we would always prefer Print ready PDF’s with bleed and trim marks. However, if this is something that you are not sure on how to complete, we would be more than happy to assist, just request any assistance when placing your order. For advise on how to set up your artwork please see our ‘How to supply artwork page’.
How do I send my artwork?
You can send your artwork to us via email up the size of 10MB. However if you have a larger file there are many free file transfer sites that you can use. Please see below.
· We Transfer
Can AP Landragin produce artwork for me?
AP Landragin can produce artwork for you, if you need artwork designed for you we can also provide that service, if you have your own idea and all the images that you wish to include, we can set artwork for you to review. Please be aware that all images provided must be of very high resolution.
How long will my job take?
Here at AP Landragin we like to ensure that every job we produce is of the highest quality before it leaves the factory. To do this we check every single copy of the job by hand before dispatching. The die stamping process is also a form of print that requires time. The engraved die usually takes a minimum of 24 hours to produce, and the set up process differs depending on the job. Because of this we generally say each job can take up to 5-7 working days, however if a job is more urgent this can be discussed during the ordering process.
How do I pay?
A very important question indeed, the best way to pay us would be via bank transfer, our bank details are available upon request. We do also accept cheques and will shortly be able to accept paypal payments too. First time orders must always be paid before the job is despatched.
How much is delivery and where can you deliver? Delivery charge is usually a flat rate of £8.00. This is for a standard next day delivery (once job is completed) that will be delivered between 8am and 5.30pm. If you wish for a same day delivery or an early morning delivery the price will increase depending on which service, you require. We can deliver anywhere in the UK, and on request to selected places outside the UK. Please call us for more details.
How to prepare your artwork
Bleed refers to the necessary additional printed area which extends beyond the outer edge of an artwork. This ensures that when the artwork is printed, any colour which extends to its edge, finishes as an unbroken clean edge of printed ink when trimmed.
A margin indicates the outer edge of a safe area (sometimes called a 'live' area) on an artwork. Important elements such as type and logos should be kept away from the trim (ie. within the margin) to avoid being lost when the item is trimmed. A minimum margin of 5 or 6mm is recommended but we are happy to advice when the process may require an increased or specific margin.
Crop marks are lines placed on the artwork and appear outside the printed area of the item to indicate where the printer should trim the finished piece to its required size.
The rule of thumb is the bigger, the better.
When using a bitmap (like a .jpg, .bmp, .png or something similar) the more pixels that are contained within the file, the more detail it will show and that means more information is available and therefore less chance of loss of quality when resizing, converting or remaking your artwork. Where appropriate, we will need to convert bitmap files to vector format, so it's better to give us as much detail in the original bitmap as possible.
Paper and envelope sizes and Weights
Engraved stationery does not follow the trend when it comes to the idea of paper sizes compared to other print processes. Most printers of digital, and lithography work tend to work with the traditional sizes as in A6, A5, A4. Here at AP Landragin though we work with a variety of different paper sizes. Please see diagram below.
85mm x 55mm
90mm x 60mm
70mm x 40mm
80mm x 50mm
203mm x 152mm (8x6)
210mm x 148mm (A5)
178mm x 127mm (5x7)
152mm x 108mm
148mm x 105mm (A6)
150mm x 150mm
99mm x 210mm (DL)
297mm x 210mm (A4)
229mm x 178mm (9x7)
210mm x 148mm (A5)
178mm x 127mm (5x7)
Specials – Notecards/Save the Dates
80mm x 80mm
105mm x 74mm (A7)
Paper Weight Limits for each process
We can engrave onto paper weights from 80gsm up to 2000gsm. We use ranges of paper from the Colourplan range at GF Smith, to the Mayfair range from Bizzel paper. We also use Conqueror which comes in various weights, finishes and shades to match you needs. All these ranges have a range of envelopes to match their specific stocks.
We can also Foil onto any weight sheet too.
All the remaining processes, as in Lithography, Thermography are limited to 400gsm and Digital 350gsm
We can also supply envelopes to match these sizes. We have a wide range that come in different shapes sizes and weights to match your needs. See envelope sizes below.
324mm x 229mm (C4) – Perfect fit for A4
Letterhead and Writing Paper Envelopes
110mm x 220mm (DL) – Corporate size envelope for A4 Letterheads and invoices
229mm x 162mm (C5) – Envelope for Folded A4 Letterhead or perfect size for A5 Writing paper
162mm x 114mm (C6) – Ideal envelope for A5 notepaper and Writing Paper, also perfect fit for A6 correspondence cards.
133mm x 197mm – Perfect size envelope to fit 9x7 writing paper or 5x7 Notepaper.
159mm x 210mm – To Match 8x6 Invitations.
162mm x 229mm – To Match A5 Invitations
133mm x 197mm – To Match 5x7 Invitations
114mm x 162mm – To Match A6 or 152x 108mm Invitations
160mm x 160mm – To Match 150mm x 150mm Invitations
Our Envelopes come in a variety of colours and weights from 120gsm up to 160gsm. Please enquire for more information on shades and colours.