PaperSpecs Presents: US Capitol Building Foiled & Embossed Print
This recent “One Country, One Constitution ... ” print, designed, foiled, and embossed by Baugh Graphic Finishing House, is a poignant example.
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UV Printed (CMYK + Brown) by Printing Partners on 90 lb. Crane’s Lettra Fluorescent White Cover, this, the 6th print in Baugh’s “U.S. Landmarks” series, features an impressively large, multi-level sculptured emboss of the U.S. Capitol building.
What’s striking here is the sheer level of detail that was worked into the brass die. Not only did they include the columns in the “front” of the dome, for example, but if you look closely you can also glimpse (and feel) the columns “on the opposite side” of the building. And because it’s a MULTI-LEVEL die, you can actually feel the curvature of the dome, columns and other intricate details that abound in this 20x30" piece.
The tactile qualities lent by this superb emboss are, of course, bang on trend with the Top 5 Print Design Trends and also give the poster additional visual allure, as well.
This is all set against a stirring backdrop of the original Constitution. In the foreground, the American flag, rendered in Red and Blue foil, flies from a foiled pole, while the building’s Statue of Freedom (also foil) looks on in silent contemplation.
What I really love about this is how little foil was actually used in relation to the sheer size of the artwork. I think once we make up our minds to go with foil, we’re often tempted to use vast amounts of it. Here it’s deployed in minute quantities where appropriate, and as a FOIL to the embossing. (Frankly I’m amazed that it’s taken me this many years to use that pun.
Sabine Lenz is the founder of PaperSpecs.com, the first online paper database and community specifically designed for paper specifiers.
Growing up in Germany, Sabine started her design career in Frankfurt, before moving to Australia and then the United States. She has worked on design projects ranging from corporate identities to major road shows and product launches. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, her list of clients included Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Deutsche Bank, IBM and KPMG.
Seeing designers struggle worldwide to stay current with new papers and paper trends inspired Sabine to create PaperSpecs, an independent and comprehensive Web-based paper database and weekly e-newsletter. She is also a speaker on paper issues and the paper industry. Some refer to her lovingly as the "paper queen" who combines her passion for this wonderful substrate called paper with a hands-on approach to sharing her knowledge.