print finishing minneapolis larkin industriesAt Larkin Industries, we specialize in print finishing near Minneapolis. We wanted to take the time to discuss some of the most popular print finishing techniques that we do. Here is a brief rundown of the five types we do the most often and what these techniques are commonly used for.


Embossing and debossing go hand in hand with one another because they are both similar print finishing techniques. Embossing is when a raised impression is produced on paper or card stock and debossing is when a depressed impression is produced on paper or card stock. These are used for a variety of reasons: invitations, direct mail pieces and more.

Die Cutting

Using a steel rule die, irregular shapes can be cut into paper or card stock. Both custom dies and standard dies are used for this print finishing process, and this is a great way to get a stunning design for whatever it is you are having printed. We also offer die cut parts made out of a variety of materials like foam, rubber, leather, Velcro, plastic, leather and more.

Foil Stamping

When you see gold or silver foil on paper or card stock, this is done by a print finishing process known as foil stamping. A foil layer is adhered to the material by a specific heating process. The end result is an eye-catching foil stamp that can really add some pizzazz to just about any design. Foil stamping can also be done in combination with embossing.

Wafer Sealing

If you are wondering what a wafer seal is, chances are you have already seen many of them. These are self-adhesive paper discs that will seal an envelope or another paper-like material. They are especially useful for mailers and other self-mailing documents.

Affixing and Tipping

Another word for this print finishing technique is “onserting.” This is when items like plastic cards, magnets, sample packs and other similar items are glued onto direct mail pieces, packages, backers and more. This is yet another great way to grab someone’s attention or to give them a sample of a product you sell.

These are just a handful of the print finishing techniques near Minneapolis that we offer at Larkin Industries. If you would like to learn more about any of these or the other services we provide, please feel free to contact us so we may answer any questions you have. We are ISO 9001:2008 certified, so that means you can rest easy knowing we produce the highest quality work possible.

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