In keeping with Holiday tradition, our goal each year is to combine a leading designer with our own technical team to explore innovative processes using a variety of substrates and techniques to create a memorable wrapping paper set. We were lucky enough to partner with our friends from Burnkit this year, led by Chris Allen. The theme is “HARMONY” and as noted on the case, it’s both technical and creative.
The case and uncoated sheets were printed on the XL 106 using UV technology, while the three coated wrap sheets were printed on our 8 colour (these coated 80lb sheets are perfect for heavier gifts!). The stickers and writing cards were printed on our Indigo 7500.
Two PMS inks were used (Warm Grey 6 and Silver 877). The Silver has a Gloss UV coating applied, while the Warm Grey utilizes Reticulated strike-through technology.
What we did: Using a digital RGB image capture, it was converted to CMYK. We then created two additional touch plates to increase the depth and radiance. The two additional colours are Fluorescent UV 807 and UV PMS Warm Red.
A special note when printing UV Fluorescent inks: Be aware they do darken when being cured during the printing process. Also, the nature of fluorescent inks has a small downside, they are not as lightfast as traditional CMYK and PMS inks.
What we did: Same as all the images, a digital RGB image capture was converted to CMYK. On this image our PrePress specialists created additional CMY touch plates with a goal of expanding the traditional colour gamut. Internally we refer to this as a High Fidelity (Hi-Fi) boost, which utilizes seven colours in total. It also has a flood high gloss aqueous coating.
What we did: Similar in concept to “Monochromatic Harmony,” RGB converted to CMYK plus we created two additional touch plates. The two colours are Fluorescent UV 805 and Pantone Blue, close to Cyan, but a different formulation.
What we did: CMYK process plus High Fidelity (Hi-Fi) CMY process and flood high gloss aqueous coating. We encountered a challenge here: with heavy ink coverage (some areas have up to seven layers of ink) sometimes they don’t always behave as expected with gloss coating. When coating is not applied properly, the sheet shrinks, but the acrylic does not. The entire surface cracks, a technical term referred to as “orange peel.” Tell this story around the tree on Christmas morning, it’s sure to be a success!
What we did: We used the same process here as we did on Sheet 4, “Double Complementary Harmony.” Note: While this stock is heavier than traditional wrapping paper, it is the standard weight for many high-end gifts. That moment when your scissors find the sweet spot and it glides through the wrap can be found easily on this sheet.
What we did: A digital RGB image capture, converted to CMYK. We then created two additional touch plates. On this sheet the two additional colours are Fluorescent UV 802 and Fluorescent UV 814.
We would love to hear what you think of this year’s Wrap! Leave us any questions or comments below, or if you follow us on Twitter or Instagram, post photos of the wrap using #HemlockHarmony