Thermographic printing is a slightly more affordable printing alternative to Die Stamping (copperplate printing) if you are still after a raised, textured finish.
Instead of raising the actual paper (as occurs during die stamping), thermography involves the actual printed image being raised up. As a result of this you do not experience bruising on the reverse of the printed material.
Initially, thermography starts out like many of our other print techniques with a specific paper being flat printed (usually either lithographically, or by letterpress).
While this ink is still wet a powdered resin is sprinkled over the top before the paper is run through a heating unit to effectively melt the resin onto the surface of the page.
The result achieved through thermography will often be a high-gloss, shine and the textural feel can come across similar to that of a soft waxy, plastic.
A common side effect of thermography is a slight ‘halo’ effect around wording or imagery. This is a result of the resin melting unevenly onto the paper. As a result, this process is not advisable if you are looking to create very fine and intricate levels of detail.