Craftsmanship & Design

Our Printing Processes

At Crane we’ve created beautiful personalized stationery for everyone from the Roosevelts to current day style icons. Read on to find out more about the exquisite results that can come from the application of traditional and contemporary printing techniques and find the perfect printing process for your stationery or invitations.

Engraving: The Pinnacle of Style and Quality

Engraving sets the standard for print quality, and Crane sets the standard for engraving. Our master engravers have honed their craft to perfection over decades of experience, building on the company’s centuries’ of history and knowledge to deliver quality craftsmanship.

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Letterpress

Wonderfully tactile and simply exquisite, letterpress printing has a rich, warm feel that one can’t help but appreciate. Developed in the 14th century, letterpress is a time-honored printing craft that – like engraving – takes years to perfect.

Digital Printing

Digital printing is using a computer to print images directly onto the paper. But at a professional printing press, the printers take this technique to another level.
It’s a form of flat printing, which does not involve either raised or recessed designs but rather sees the images transferred directly onto the paper.

Lithography

Lithography, also known as flat printing, is a printing technique well suited for large print runs, like some of our boxed stationery products. The printing technique has an intriguing and varied history.

Foil Stamping

Shiny and lustrous, foil stamping can make a glittering impression for special projects. Whether it’s used alone or in conjunction with another printing process, foil stamping is all about adding that extra special sparkle to create an alluring combination of visuals and textures.

Embossing – Make an Impression

Embossing uses no ink during printing but instead use pressure to impress a design or message into paper. It gives printed pieces added depth and visual appeal and make a unique and beautiful statement on their own or when combined with ink printing techniques as part of a combined design.

Thermography: Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery

Sometimes referred to as “imitation engraving”, thermography produces an effect similar to engraving in that it can be felt on the surface of the paper. However, it uses heat to create the letters and design rather than an engraved plate, so it is less expensive than engraving and generally faster.