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Events - 28 Mar 2024

Print Techniques – Duplexing

Paper laminates (aka duplexes, triplexes…) are made from several papers stuck together, after they have been printed or transformed. This creates a thicker, more rigid and interesting final material.

Experiment with different colours (e.g. Keaykolour and Curious Metallics), textures and finishes (e.g. Curious Matter, SKIN). Mix and match, contrast, harmonize. Duplexing lets you build your own one-of-a-kind material and add depth to your creativity.

  • Do use different weights with precaution. If you really want to use different weights to play with the thickness of the edges, run some tests first.
  • Do not laminate light papers, below 175gsm, unless you do it manually. You could then use papers from 135gsm.
  • Do not limit yourself to duplexing: You can easily laminate up to 6 sheets of paper / 5mm.
  • Do not laminate deeply embossed or hot-stamped papers. Laminating papers which are heavily embossed (more than one or two levels) may damage their shape. In addition, the embossed part of the paper should not represent more than 50% of the surface, to ensure that the layers remain stuck together properly.
  • Experiment beyond invitations and business cards: You can also create brochure covers, calendars, bookmarks, folders…Also, you can create any shape, not necessarily rectangles.
  • Use die-cut or laser-cut to reveal the colour of the second sheet through the cut.
  • Change the fiber direction of each sheet and let them dry to avoid curling.
  • Use heavy boards, whenever possible, to have a nice thick edge.
  • Use triplex when embossing, if you want to hide the indent made on the back of a card. This also makes it possible to emboss or hot stamp both sides of the card.