It’s not just magpies that love shiny things - we’re all attracted to them. Diamond necklaces, new cars, crystal glasses. They never fail to get our attention. Increase your chances of getting noticed by adding glossy StarMarque highlights to your marketing material.
So what is StarMarque?
We all know that adding gloss lamination to an image increases the intensity of colours. StarMarque is a special process which only adds a gloss coating to selected parts of the image or document.
We start with a matt laminated item such as a business card, folder or thick flyer. The matt base provides a great contrast for the next layer - a special hi-gloss varnish. This varnish is only applied to the areas you want, hence the commonly used name “spot varnish”.
The end result is a beautiful flyer or card with both gloss and matt areas. This has the effect of accentuating and drawing attention to the glossy part of the design. Ask your local printing.com store for colour charts to compare the difference.
Who’s using StarMarque?
Lots of businesses are finding that adding StarMarque to their marketing material is giving it a lot more weight and presence. The gloss highlights provide an additional visual stimulus because of the varied textures on the single printed surface. This adds depth and impact and sets the perception of high quality in the eyes of the recipient.
If you’re selling a premium product or are trying to position your business at the upper end of your market, create a striking first impression with StarMarque Business Cards, Presentation Folders, Thick Booklet Covers and Flyers.
Steve Pilling - Restauranteur, Damson @ BBC Media City says ”Our award-winning restaurants offer modern British food and an extensive wine list, so it’s important our marketing reflects our brand… only StarMarque will do!”
What works best?
StarMarque looks great added over the top of dark colours - black, dark blue, purple, that kind of thing – that’s where the contrast is greatest. On a light background, the highlights will be less visible and they’ll be practically invisible on white â although that’s sometimes useful if you want to use it as a difficult-to-copy security feature.
Avoid using it over small text or small objects as there is little chance of it exactly lining up and that will be pretty noticable. Best to think of it entirely as its own design element and use it to enhance a piece, rather than simply putting it over existing elements.
What does it cost?
StarMarque is a high-end finishing option which is usually out of reach for most small businesses. It’s usually reserved for expensive marketing material and adding it would normally cost a small fortune. Not any more. With printing.com’s revolutionary techniques, you’ll share these high set-up costs with lots of other businesses and pay only a fraction of the normal cost. Get it for half price on selected products during April.