Duplexing

We are obsessed with paper! And the only thing better than 1 sheet of paper is 2 or 3 or even 4! With duplexing, sometimes referred to as laminating, we can combine different colored stocks and papers with different finishes. Want a soft-touch front but a uncoated cotton backside? You got it!

  • Mix and Match Colored Papers
  • Mix and Match Paper Finishes
  • Create Sandwich Paper with Colored Center
  • Duplex up to 4 layers

Definition.

If you are looking for the right way to build your unique material, then duplexing is the right approach for you.

How can you do this? It is achieved by bonding more than two papers.

This bond helps to create a single board.

After the sheets have been transformed, this is where the real duplexing process takes place. A material that is more rigid and thicker is created. This material in particular can either be double-sided or reveal a color at the edge. While working on the material, proper caution is required because the number of interacting variables could be large.

Examples of Paper Duplexing

Bright White Uncoated Duplexed to Rich Black Uncoated
Neon Paper Duplexed to Bright White Uncoated

Dos.

  • Do Work with different finishes, textures, and colors when you are trying out your experiments.
  • Do go hard in advertising your duplexing jobs. Do not only use business cards. You should create logos, brochures, folders, etc.
  • Do avoid using die-cutting when trying to reveal the second sheet color.
  • Do make sure that you keep the same direction of the grain when working with the duplex. If you do not do this, you will always get a twisted curl.
  • Do pick heavy boards when trying to pick a thick edge.
  • While you are working, do make good use of multiplexing to hide the indents that are made. These indents are usually found at the back of the card containing hot foil stamping. The multiplexing makes it possible to place a hot stamp on both sides of the card.

Don’ts

  • Don’t work with different weights without taking the right precautionary measures. If you decide to work with different weights, test them first. The sandwich used in the tests should be symmetrical.
  • Don’t try to laminate the light papers. These papers include those below 175g, except you plan to go manually. Always use the papers below 135g.
  • Don’t always stick to only 2 sheets of paper when duplexing. You’re limiting yourself. You can always laminate up to 6 sheets of paper to bring out the color detail at the edge.
  • Don’t attempt to laminate hot-stamped papers. When you do this, you destroy their shape. The embossed part should not be up to 50% of the surface. This is to ensure that the layers are properly stuck together.

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