Trading cards were everywhere in Japan, whole shops of floor dedicated to anything from Pokemon and Yugioh to Baseball and cult film Dark Crystal. I bought a pack which visually stimulated me.
What drew me to these were the bright colours and shimmering surface. I have seen this type of printing before but don’t know what it’s called. On a quick google search I’ve found some possibilities of similar printing techniues…
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Varnish is a coating which is applied to an offset litho or screen printed sheet to protect the paper and/or give a special finish. It can also be used for aesthetic appeal, including coloured, Braille or glitter finishes.
It is possible to cover only a part of the page, using a ‘spot varnish’ technique, thus emphasising an image, photograph or words – or it can produce an entirely new pattern on a page without the use of other inks. Creative Papers provide the ideal substrate for this technique.
It seems what I am looking for is Varnish, I have ordered some tester samples from a few companies, but I don’t intend to fork out money for a varnish, as will also look for DIY varnishes I could use myself. Here is a video of one product, it doesn’t look like the same type of finish as the trading cards I bought but it’s a start and always a backup, I will head to the craft shop tomorrow and see if I can find some and test it. This kind of thing needs to be tried hand on to see the full visual impact.
Update: @ 4pm
I have found another type of finish which looks very similar to the one on the cards. Coloured foil printing.
It doesn’t look like something I could do myself, I will have to research more on how its done and if anywhere in the UK does it.