Category: Printing

Enter to win our 2021 Calendar!

Our team of craftsmen and women have worked hard all year, designing, planning and producing our 2021 calendar to showcase the many ways that we make print exciting. Letterpress, Intaglio, Foil Stamping, Digital and Offset Ink, Thermography and  beautiful design are what we love doing here at Sunset. You can enter to win a calendar for you and a friend so you both have 365 days of color!

Sunset Letterpress Print Giveaway

categories: Printing, Projects

Love is in the air!

This is the first of many fun projects we have been discussing at Sunset. To show our love for our followers we are giving away 20 sets of  letterpress prints, arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day! These 8.5 x 11 prints fit perfectly in a frame and bring love and color to your walls. 

To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below, follow us on Instagram, like our V-Day giveaway post, tag your friends and share the love! Winners will be announced Feb 3rd. What better time to show your love for print and to share it with another than Valentines Day!

Our 2021 Calendar is Now Available!

After a year filled with all of the insanity that was 2020, we are more excited than ever to turn the corner!

We worked hard to create simple images that transform into beautiful works by the many print processes that we use here at Sunset. The end result is something special that we can enjoy every day of 2021.

This year’s Sunset calendar is the first time in 10 years that we have utilized colored paper stocks for our calendar. This was a challenge that we welcomed to showcase both the beauty of various paper stocks as well as the many ways we can print on colored stocks to enhance their inherent elegance. Between our friends at Mohawk with Keaykolour papers and our friends at Neenah with Astrobrights® papers, we had a hard time narrowing down which colors to run wild with.

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What we loved about the colored paper stocks was the way it bought new perspective to the processes we use every day. Considering Letterpress, on stocks other than white, added a new element to color theory, we had to reinvent the wheel and really challenge our creativity!

Some of the original ink chosen for Intaglio just didn’t pack the punch we were looking for, so again we let our imaginations take over and got creative while mixing inks on press to help enhance our design.

The Foil Stamping designs included in this year were something we took our time to evaluate, both before press and once our stamping dies were up to temperature. Foils can give you opaque and translucent effects and the use of holographic foil on a detailed offset ink print did something beyond our expectations.

Thermography is always something that we strive to show the design community how to properly utilize as an embellishment.  We used Matte Thermography and Gloss Thermography on the same month both in black over black ink, highlighting different effects within the same tonal range. A lot of these designs are things we’ve never done before and we see as our opportunity to experiment and share with you the results. Some of it doesn’t work and some of it exceed expectations.

We have both Offset and Digital pages included in our calendar and we needed to think outside the box when it came to expectations and reality. Some of the darker stocks we used had us questioning what could be done. With the addition of our new HP Indigo 5650 press with White Ink capability, a whole new world of printing was opened to us. We are now able to lay down multiple hits of white on dark stocks and print white under CMYK allowing us to create vibrant images on any color stock that we like.

For our cover, we wanted to feature every specialty process we do here but within the realm of metallic silver. We have Intaglio, Letterpress, Thermography, Foil Stamping, Embossed Foil Stamping, and Offset printing. Every different process had one thing in common, we wanted to show different techniques to highlight the varieties in the process that Sunset Printing is capable of!

Our Themes:

There are two themes we chose to highlight with our artistic direction this year, the first is celebrating women. All of our images are of females and pay homage to the many female printers, designers, press people and industry leaders that we work with every day. Sunset’s own team is made up of a majority of women and minorities and we are very proud of that fact every day.

The second theme is simplicity. In a year filled with chaos and uncertainty, we have found beauty in the simplicity of life, the simplicity of the images we shared. We tried hard to focus this year on simplifying our artwork, our approach to printing the artwork and really showcasing each specialty process without the clutter of complex illustration. We hope that you have found the beauty that we have in the simplicity contained in our pages.

2020 brought many challenges to the printers around the world along with many of the businesses that printers support. We ask that you support your local printers, support the need for print and continue to create exquisite artwork that stands out in an ever-changing world. We look forward to all the beautiful things we can make together in 2021.

If you would like your desk to become more colorful please Call or Email and we will send you your very own calendar to enjoy!

Sunset Holiday Cards Giveaway

categories: Printing, Projects
Featured Holiday Cards
Featured Holiday Cards

We have been busy beginning to send out this years holiday cards! From foil stamping to sculpted embossed animals, our holiday cards are sure to bring joy and cheer to all who receive them. The holidays are the perfect time for giving thanks and showing your appreciation to family, friends and business colleagues. Sending a card in the mail reminds them how grateful you are for their support.

To extend our thanks for being a part of the Sunset family, we are giving away a limited number of holiday card packs. To enter the giveaway, follow us on Instagram and like and comment on our holiday post. What better time to showcase the exciting world of print than the holidays!

Paper Sculptures for Fashion Window Display

categories: Printing, Projects
embossed printing

One of the recent exciting projects we did was these printed, and sculpted embossed animals, created as part of a holiday display for a major jewelry brand. These images were created from original handmade paper sculptures by renowned paper artist Calvin Nicholls.

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The Process

The images were photographed and then converted into both four color artwork and a 3d rendering by Sunsets die makers. Once approved, we produced sculpted brass embossing dies for each animal and went through several rounds of ink and embossing tests to settle on the right mix of printed shadow with embossing. The final results speak for themselves and graced holiday windows around the world as a subtle, peaceful wintery scene upon which to display beautiful jewelry for holiday shoppers.

Press notes

4 color process printed on Heidelberg SM52 5color with AQ coater
Embossed – Saroglia die stamping press
Cutting – profile flat bed zip cutter
Paper – Mohawk Superfine 130# eggshell cover ultrawhite