Printing Process Technology

Make Your Own Game Cards Print Out With WJPC

At WJPC, our printing process technologies include CYMK printing, spot color printing, emboss or deboss printing, hot stamping, holographic, and edging, which are the usual processing options for custom cards and custom boxes to meet most customization needs.

Please note:
No printer can guarantee 100% no color difference! Because all the equipment conditions, ink quality, ambient temperature and humidity, storage conditions, subjective feelings, etc. will affect the actual printing color. What we can promise is to go as far as possible to minimize color differences within your allowable range.

Our Printing Process Technology

CMYK printing

What is CYMK printing? Full-color print is a standard color technology in custom card printing that achieves individual colors by mixing primary four colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) to allow for millions of shades and a greater number of individual colors, so we also call it “CMYK color printing”.

However, because CMYK mixes 4 colors of ink, the colors will always show slight differences when actually printed. when you want a almost 100% accurate color, please choose the spot color. Click “Color Setting” to learn more about CMYK design details.

Spot Color VS CMYK Color
CMYK vs Spot

Spot color printing

Spot color printing requires only one specially formulated ink and does not need to consist of four CMYK inks, so it has a much richer selection of colors than CMYK. Most printers today refer to Pantone’s color spectrum and color codes to produce or select spot colors. 

Spot color is an important project identifier that is critical to creating uniqueness and protecting proprietary products. However, it is much more expensive than CMYK color because it requires additional printer setup and plate making to apply.

Ink is the most basic raw material in printing. For a better and sustainable future, we basically use only eco-friendly ink for printing. If you have more complex needs to your project, we also offer special ink options such as metallic inks, anti-counterfeit ink, etc. 

What’s more, if necessary, all inks can be applied for CPC, CE-EN71, UKCA, SOR and other testing. Click the button below to learn more about our ink options.

Hot stamping printing

Foil stamping is a decorative printing technique, can generally be categorized into three commonly used effects: glossy, matte, and holographic.

Each effect offers various color options, including gold, silver, among others. In addition to the standard colors and patterns, foil stamping can be customized for larger quantities or tailored to specific requirements.

The main purpose of using foil stamping is to bring a more eye-catching effect to your cards. However, it will reduce the smoothness, resulting in a little difficult in shuffling or cutting.

Now, let’s explore 10 recommended foil stamping techniques suitable for custom card printing. These methods each possess distinct characteristics, allowing you to choose the most suitable one for your unique design needs.

spot hot stamping
Spot hot stamping
Spot hot gold stamping
Spot hot gold stamping
hot stamping + holographic printing
Hot stamping + holographic printing

Edging printing

Edging can be divided into two types, depending on the processing method:

  • Gilt edging, like gold edge, silver edge, black edge, pink edge, and any other edges.
  • Cold matte edging

Likewise, edging plays a kind of edge decoration effect on the card, which can greatly improve the grade of the whole product. 

The different techniques can be divided into heat treatment and cold treatment. Among them, heat treatment is suitable for cards after the oil treatment (varnish), while cold treatment is suitable for cards after glue treatment (lamination).

Our commonly used colors are gold, silver, and holographic, for other colors, please ask us.

UV Transfer Printing

The UV transfer printing technique leverages the inherent non-adhesive characteristics of UV transfer printing adhesive and metal to craft diverse and distinctive patterns.

These patterns encompass CD patterns, sun motifs, 3D textures, cat-eye effects, and more. This method exhibits excellent optical qualities, high hardness, resistance to friction, and strong chemical resistance.

UV Transfer Printing

Emboss printing vs deboss printing

Embossing and debossing are both based on the principle of using a mold or metal plate to emboss the surface of a box, thus achieving a convex or concave surface effect. It can emphasize the local design and turn 2D into 3D in terms of visual and tactile sensation.

Embossing is often used to highlight names and logos, while debossing is often used to emphasize borders, underlines, background patterns, etc.

Also, emboss or deboss is often combined with other special technology such as hot stamping.

embossing + red hot stamping
Embossing + red hot stamping
Embossing box
Emboss vs Deboss box

You Design, We Print

For WJPC, we use one of the highest standards in the industry for color printing: the Pantone Color Guide Suite, Heidelberg offset & digital printing presses, and the Heidelberg color management system. So whether it’s individual proofs or small runs, or large quantities of cards or boxes, we can use the most appropriate printing method to achieve a rich, true and deep color spectrum.

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We aspire to be the best card company in the world, and we never sacrifice quality for any custom order.

Let us make your custom playing card or tarot cards deck or tabletop game card designs come to life. You can customize just about anything.

If you’re ready to learn more, then deal us in and we’ll be more than happy to help you with your custom order.