What is Silk Lamination?
Silk Laminated card stock provides a soft, silk-like finish, is water-resistant and tear-resistant, and compliments vibrant colors. The finished product has a unique feel and texture that is unlike regular paper-printed card stocks.
What is Lamination?
A laminate is a material constructed by uniting two or more layers of material together. The process of creating a laminate is lamination, which in common parlance refers to the placing of something between layers and sealing them with heat and/or pressure, usually with an adhesive.
The materials used in laminates can be the same or different. An example of the type of laminate using different materials would be the application of a layer of plastic film — the “laminate” — on either side of a sheet of card stock — the laminated subject.
Laminating card stock and papers, such as photographs, can prevent it from becoming creased, sun damaged, wrinkled, stained, smudged, abraded and/or marked by grease, fingerprints and environmental concerns. Photo identification cards and credit cards are almost always laminated with plastic film. Lamination is also used on various marketing materials like; business cards, postcards, sale sheets, rack cards, and menus.
Laminates can also be used to add textures to printed card stock, that would not have them otherwise. Specially surfaced plastic sheets can be laminated over a printed image to allow them to be safely written upon, such as with dry erase markers or chalk. Multiple translucent printed images may be laminated in layers to achieve certain visual effects or to hold holographic images. Many printing businesses keep a variety of laminates on hand, as the process for bonding many types is generally similar when working with arbitrarily thin material.