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Printing Techniques

A short description of available printing techniques to print your promotional products can be seen below.

Pad/Tampo Printing

A printing plate is created with your artwork. The plate is put into the machine and filled with ink, the scraper slides over the plate which leads to a small layer of ink remaining in the impression of your artwork. This is taken up by the silicone stamp/pad and placed on the object, such as a pen. 

Silkscreen Printing

The ink is pushed on the promotional item through a gauze which has open and closed parts. Open parts is your artwork. The print is pressed on the product by a scraper which is moved across the gauze.Screen printing is used to print flat products. For products with a certain rounding such as buckets, the round silkscreen printing technique is used. With this technique almost every product can be printed.

Laser Engraving

This technique provides a permanent impression which can’t be modified. Metal products are the most appropriate for this technique. The upper layer of the material is removed with a laser. Colours can’t be applied with this technique and are determined by the material and/or other coloured under layers of the products.

Digital Printing/Full Colour

Similar to your home inkjet printer this process uses a print head to apply prints directly to your products. Using a UV light and specialists inks this method of printing allows for vibrant full colour prints to be applied to your products with ease.

Transfer Printing

In this technique your imprint is applied on a (transfer) paper. The product is pressed together with the transfer paper at high temperature. The transfer paper attaches itself to the product through the pressure and heat. This technique is very suitable for flexible materials like umbrellas, bags and clothing.

Embossing/Blind Embossing

No ink is used in this technique, an imprint is made on or in a printing plate. By pressing this product on a soft material or leather product an imprint is made on it. This technique is very suitable for upscale products.

Foil Blocking

Foil blocking is print process, which uses pigment or metallic foil, to the object where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the object.


A layer of epoxy resin is applied on adhesive labels which have already been printed and cut. The layer is very clear and shows the printing below even more clearly. Also an extra dimension arises through the resin layer and ensures the protection of the printing.

Mugs - Transfer Print

Mugs are printed by using a special paper which has been edited by the silkscreen technique. The paper is pasted on to the product and placed into an oven. The heating process transfers the ink to the mug.

Mugs - Sublimation Printing

An inkjet printer is filled with sublimation inks and with a specially coated paper the print is put on the product through a heat press. The ink changes into a gas and after cooling down becomes solid again with a superior printing quality.