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Watermarx provide an innovative and professional service, are inspiring and exciting with the multitude of products they can produce.

Their understanding of the importance of their product to the end customer means that they always go the extra mile.

– Scott Chong. January 10, 2012

MARRIAGE WITH TEXTURE | Wedding stationery with all the feels

DAPPLED ENVELOPEWedding Invitations | The season is almost upon us and we’re busy bees here at the shop, helping bring to life some incredible collaborations between original brides, grooms and wedding planners, and their creatively-minded designers.

This beautifully-designed wedding stationery was digitally printed, then we foil stamped and letterpress debossed it with CLIQX. We mounted it, applied a dappled texture effect with CLIQX to the envelope (by now we’re sure you have heard that we are patterning digital stocks, YAY!)  and sent it off to love, to the clever designers at Hawk Creative who really do give us some amazing jobs to work on!   

For those who—just like us—have got the geeky letterpress bug or that love the luxurious press of cotton stock against their fingertips, or have always dreamed of their name alongside their future spouse’s in the shimmering lights of foil-stamping, we’d love to print your wedding invitations. It’s truly one of the most lovely parts of this gig as specialty commercial printers. What could be more special than the stationery that sends out the word that a pair is getting hitched? We love love, here at Watermarx Graphics, and we have been

We love love, here at Watermarx Graphics, and we have been nerding over paper, print and design for a loooooong time. If you are planning a wedding (your own or someone else’s) and want to find a cost-effective way to have eye-popping, heart-stopping wedding invitations, then give us a call. We’ve got tricks and tips galore that can help you create truly unique wedding stationery that tells a story through the senses, without breaking the bank.  We’re friendly, so don’t be shy.

Tips for couples and wedding planners organising their invitations:

Don’t leave printing to the last minute. We don’t mean to nag… but really, guys. It might take longer than you think, there are other jobs on the presses and all kinds of other variables. We do make miracles happen here, but we’re mere mortals after all. Why be stressing over this when there are plenty of other aspects of wedding planning you can get your knickers in a twist over!

Don’t start your plan with the paper. Have an overall vision and bounce it off us. We have great paper suppliers and have our mitts all over beautiful stocks all day. We know what paper works with which embellishments, so chances are, we’ll have a nifty suggestion for the stock that will bring to life your idea.

Be smart with colour. Many people don’t realise that with the art of letterpress printing, every different colour, requires a new pass through the machine. Reducing the colours you choose for letterpress printing will make a difference to the cost. If you have a colourful and complicated design, often it’s best to print this part digitally and then highlight elements or print the text with letterpress, or foil like we did for Hawk Creative on this job.

Happy wedding planning!

Posted by watermarx on the 9th of October 2017

PLASTIC FANTASTIC | EMBOSSING PLASTIC WITH CLIQX

Have you ever thought about embossing or texturing clear, plastic label stock? Now with the CLIQX embossing system, you can!

What is embossing?

Embossing is an embellishment technique that creates a raised, three-dimensional image the surface. Usually, this would be on paper or card (we call this stock) but lately, we have seen clever experimentation with denser substrates such as polypropylene or plastic label stocks.

CLIQX is a system developed by Watermarx Technologies, based on our years of experience working with both printers and designers, refining the craft of beautiful, premium-quality print finishes. It is excellent and producing a crisp finish, and we are excited to have worked on a number of great jobs recently, that have applied it to plastic surfaces.

Printers – talk to us about adding CLIQX to your mix.

Designers – here are our tips for working with this noble finish!

Design and Embossing – thinking beyond the blank page 

Embossing and debossing have been a go-to finish for high-end printing for years. It adds texture and dimension to design that can be elegantly subtle, or offer a 3D POP to bring certain elements off the page (literally!) But, turning your creative minds to how embossing can bring depth and interest to plastic surfaces, like clear labels, can really liven things up.

Here are some ways you can add embossing to surfaces:

  • Blind emboss: Blind embossing is a popular choice with designers and now there is an option to use it on plastic/polpropylene surfaces or labels. This process applies an emboss or texture with no other embellishment, so the effect is subtle and elegant. Think of this for chic, plastic swing tags.
  • Registered emboss: Registered embossing is a process that lines up the embossed image with an ink element created with traditional printing. Think of this for funky plastic invitations with a twist.
  • Combination emboss: this is when your design combines embossing with another embellishment process, such as foil stamping. In fact, foiling is a perfect example because it almost always looks better with the levels that embossing offers because it helps create visual depth and levels for the light to catch, so it dances across the metallic surface.  Think of this for show-stopping business cards.

So, you see, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Get in touch and we’ll chat about how to bring some gloss and depth to your next project!

Posted by watermarx on the 12th of September 2017

CLIQX | Blessed Be the Die Makers

letterpress printed by cliqxLabel printers, polypropylene converters, digital and offset printers—this is big news for you!

CLIQX is OFFICIAL and cooking with gas! The website is live and full of info for printers who are looking for an embossing solution to add to their capabilities and grow their business. CLIQX is also a die-making and photopolymer plates service for letterpress printers.

We have blogged many times about the award-winning quality of a sharp, clean CLIQX emboss. We have found that CLIQX embossing holds a higher level of detail than magnesium dies can, and the lightweight nature of the material we use means the dies will not bruise the texture of the stock. Watermarx is fortunate enough to have been claiming accolades around the world for years with the work we have produced using the CLIQX technology. That’s part of the reason we are now excited to announce that it is fully available to the printing industry.

For those of you who don’t yet know what this nifty technology can do for you, you should head over to www.cliqx.net.au and read all about it. 

There you will find all the details you need about the patented, make-ready dies that have been our project of passion for many years and we’re thrilled it’s now an economical solution for all of our friends in the printing world.

Exciting effects and innovations are here! Impress your clients by offering a whole new suite of services by adding CLIQX to the mix!

It’s great for

So check it out or give us a ring if you have any questions at all!

We have been working with the great guys and talented web designers at Kinski & Bourke for years now, and they are the super team behind the new website launch.

Kinski & Bourke create beautiful, functional and robust websites with great talent… and they don’t mess around, they are quick (without any sacrifice to quality). They are a treat to work with because Anthony and Craig are so personable while being super professional, and will find workable solutions to your budget. We can’t recommend them highly enough if you are looking for someone to help get a website up and cranking!

Talk soon 🙂

Posted by watermarx on the 17th of August 2017

TEXTURED STOCK | We are now texturing digital paper!

Watermarx has just expanded our capabilities to offer you the option to have us create textured stock for you.

If you are looking for a specialty digital stock, then it’s slim pickings on the market right now. There are not many high-quality papers available with specialty features. So. why not consider having us texture a stock for you?

We select from plain stock and apply a fine embossed texture over the whole page, and…voila! A bespoke specialty stock for digital printing.

We can texture before or after printing, so we can even add it to a job you think needs a little more oomph! The featured image in the top right is a recent job we emboss on polypropylene sheets, which creates a very high-definition profile. Texturing on digital paper is not as sharp, but it does add a very lovely, subtle effect to the stock. Try it!

Textures papers can be a creative element of a print piece that elevates it and sets it apart.  It is definitely a powerful way to communicate premium quality. Nothing says “high end” like a lushly textured pattern that makes you want to run your hand over the surface, luxuriating in the touch. We see it used beautifully for exciting invitations and luxury brand stationery.

We are building our library of textures, which is very exciting, but we are currently offering these patterns (and our clients are having a lot of fun with them!)

Emboss textures now on offer from Watermarx Graphics:

  • Fine lines
  • Laid
  • Vellum
  • Linen

We can custom texture as well – talk to us about your job, and together we can come up with something that fits the spec and brings a little tactile magic to it.

Or, if it’s an old fashioned emboss you are after,  we have always been able to emboss a high-profile texture onto paper card and polypropylene for a WOW effect.

So, next time you call, ask us about our every-expanding textures library, or how we can emboss your next job. We’re experimenting all the time here at the lab. More on this coming soon!

 

 

Posted by watermarx on the 27th of July 2017

2017 PRINT AWARDS | 4 Awards to Rawson Print (and we got a cameo in them all!)

Congratulations to our friends Rawson Print Company for their quandruple-threat performance at the 2017 National Print Awards. We were thrilled to assist their win, by embellishing the following entries:

  • GOLD to Rawson Print Co. // Category: Self Promotion
    Name of piece: Rawson Print Co Profiler // Embellishment by Watermarx: copper foil stamping
  • SILVER to Rawson Print Co. // Category: Booklets, Catalogues, Brochures & Magazines                                                                   Name of piece: DHA Hundley street // Embellishment by Watermarx: CLIQX true deboss
  • SILVER to Rawson Print Co. // Category: Multi Piece Productions and Campaigns                                           Name of piece: QT Melbourne Suite // Embellishment by Watermarx: black foil
  • BRONZE to Rawson Print Co. // Category: Stationery                                                                                          Name of piece: Rawson Print Co Stationery // Embellishment by Watermarx: copper foil stamping

We absolutely love to celebrate the success of our colleagues and friends in the industry. Not only that, but we consider ourselves incredibly lucky that we get to collaborate on beautiful jobs, and occasionally get taken along for the wonderful ride of being included in a job we have embellished for a colleague, that goes on to win!

CLIQX and Watermarx’s work is award-winning in its own right, so we’re not surprised clever printers choose to work with us, to help make their jobs shine…literally. Our foil stamping and edge gilding find a way onto some lovely print pieces. Likewise,  CLIQX embossing and debossing, blind embossing, and letterpress have all been recognised in print industry awards around the world.

So, be a winner! If you are looking to get some trophies under your belt, or would just like to take your print work to the next level, let’s work together to craft pieces that stand out from the crowd and showcase what fabulous, fine print is all about!

Posted by watermarx on the 18th of July 2017