Want that Special Finishing Touch? From Spot Varnish to Scratch Cards

Posted On June 30, 2019 By Leave your thoughts

Not only do we have a full range of litho, digital and screen printing equipment, we also offer all the finishing services you’d expect of a one stop shop print group, and several ‘special’ effects besides. And we do it all in-house, which allows us to retain control of quality, turn things around extra quick when need be, and keep costs as low as possible. 

Trade finishing services

Such is our expertise in these areas that we regularly provide finishing services to the trade. We also offer a full range of ‘bureau’ finishing services for digital print including cutting/trimming, in-line booklet making, laminating and wiro-binding.

  • Die and digital CAD cutting
  • Embossing/de-bossing
  • Foil blocking
  • Digital dimensional ink
  • Glow in the dark
  • Spot UV varnish
  • Heat & Chill reveal / thermal printing
  • Glitter ink
  • Scratch and sniff printing
  • Scratch card latex printing

special finishes

Find out more:

Contact us for a free sample pack of our special finishes at or call 01924 473481.…

Getting ready for the new school year!

Posted On June 21, 2019 By Leave your thoughts

It’s almost the end of the academic year which only means one thing – it’s time to plan the next one!

Printed materials play a large role in the education sector whether it’s for schools, colleges or universities. Here we outline just a few of our services to help you gather all the print materials you require for the new academic year.

Branded Stationery

Branded stationery is something many educational institutions have, whether this in the form of letterheads or having the school emblem on books. Just about anything can be printed on so whether you are looking for everyday materials or printed stationery for a university shop, this can all be done under one roof.


When producing prospectuses, it’s important that these are printed to the highest quality as these will represent the school and potentially attract new students. If you’re looking to print any type of prospectus or newsletter for school events or open days, we can produce these with a range of finishes to match your branding.


Do you provide students with calendars or school planners at the beginning of every academic year? If so, it’s not too late to get these printed! Let us know and we can create bespoke branded calendars ready for September.

school calendar

We work with many schools across the country to provide their materials throughout the school year. To find out how our team could help you, feel free to contact us on 01924 473481 or email us at…

Reducing our impact on the environment – Eco-friendly printing!

Posted On June 17, 2019 By Leave your thoughts

As the ‘zero waste’ movement gains popularity, it seems we are becoming more aware of the affect we are having on the world around us. Every year in the UK we use 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard. Strong ethical values surround everything that we do at AB Print, which is why we have been committed to reducing the environmental impact of printing for over a decade. We are constantly adapting and improving our procedures as we believe we have a responsibility to do all we can to protect our planet.

Here we explain some of the ways we’ve been making our printing more eco-friendly!

Wind Turbine

By installing our very own wind turbine onsite, we have harnessed the power of wind to generate electricity. We’re proud to say that using this renewable energy source dramatically reduces our carbon footprint by offsetting our own energy use. 

AB Print turbine


Recycling one tonne of paper saves an amazing 17 trees, 682 gallons of oil and 26,500 litres of water. Therefore we thought paper would be a good starting point. We have always used FSC Certified paper. This certification is given to paper and wood products that have been produced in an environmentally friendly way, from either well-managed woods or recycled materials. We give back by making sure that we recycle every single piece of waste paper that we can.


Alcohol free inks     

The use of Isopropyl alcohol used in traditional printing methods has been known to release toxic and volatile substances into the air. By investing in new technology and moving entirely to alcohol free inks we have completely reduced our air pollution. But don’t worry, being environmentally conscious doesn’t mean we compromise on quality.


Team effort

Raising our team’s awareness has been key in our efforts to reduce waste. We encourage our staff to implement innovative and practical energy saving ideas and we also ensure that we work with suppliers with the same strong ethics as our own.

If you would like to learn more about our environmental efforts, you’d like to talk to us about our products or you have suggestions on how we can go more green, please feel free to email us at and we will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can call us on 01924 473481.



Specialist Finishes to Inspire your next Marketing Campaign

Posted On June 12, 2019 By Leave your thoughts

What makes AB Print stand out from other printing companies in the North of England?

Our unique combination of services makes us a completely full service printer, meaning we can facilitate all of your printing needs under one roof. This includes an extensive range of specialist services and by taking these in-house there’s no mark-up. But, don’t think we’re jack of all trades, master of none! Our team of extremely skilled technicians use their attention to detail and expertise to produce the very best products for our clients. Don’t just take our word for it, check out what our customers have to say or keep reading to find out more about our specialist finishes that will inspire your next marketing campaign!

Glow in the Dark

Glow in the dark printing is a fun way to bring attention to your brand, but it also has some important uses in printing safety messages. Phosphorescent ink absorbs light as energy and releases it over a period of time.

Glow in the dark

Heat Sensitive

Thermochromic inks are used to create heat sensitive postcards, posters, quiz items, food labels, and much more. The ink is coloured at room temperature making it opaque and hiding anything underneath. Customers are then encouraged to apply heat, causing the dye to become translucent, and revealing what was hidden. 

scratch cards

Scratch n Sniff

Scratch n Sniff and scratch cards are a great interactive marketing technique. This technology has revolutionised marketing for fragranced products such as air fresheners and household cleaners. Loyalty cards, advent calendars, parking permits and greeting cards are other popular uses for scratch card technology.

Re-moist Gumming and Folding

Re-moist gumming is commonly used in envelopes, folded leaflets and direct mail response forms to seal part of the product together. The glue used is applied to a particular area and is activated by moistening. We also have the capabilities to fold paper materials such as leaflets, brochures and magazines with excellent precision, down to the last millimetre.


Spot UV

Spot UV is a varnish that coats a particular area of the product to enhance colours and draw attention. It’s great for emphasising logos, photos or headlines in brochures and on posters. Glitter can also be added to the varnish to create a sparkly effect! Spot UV is frequently used in cosmetic packaging, greetings cards, stationery and advent calendars, but there are many other applications.

spot UV

Foil Blocking

Foil blocking is often used on tickets and certificates to reduce counterfeit items, as well as high-end stationery and marketing materials to give an elegant feel. With a wide range of colours and finishes to choose from, foil can be used to highlight any logo or graphic.

Embossing and Debossing

Embossing involves imprinting a graphic from the paper, whilst debossing is the opposite. Both are frequently combined with Foil Blocking for use in stationery and certificates, providing an air of professionalism.


See something you like? To discuss your next printing project with AB Print or to request samples of some of our finishes, give us a call on 01924 473481 or contact us here.…

Smooth as silk…

Posted On June 5, 2019 By Leave your thoughts

We were very excited when we were approached by The Silk Boutique, a new online retailer that offers high quality 100% pure silk lingerie. What originally started out as a potential job to create and print some garment hang tags, quickly expanded to include Thank You cards, labels, boxes and, to top it all off, matching tissue paper to wrap the garments in!

However, we did not stop at just packaging! We wanted their brand to be really visible for their launch and so created a complete range of marketing materials. We designed new stationery, such as envelopes and embroidered t-shirts for the warehouse staff as a continuation of the brand.


Silk boutique print product packaging


The challenge for this project was to first agree a colour that the client had in mind and ensure that this was accurately printed across all the items. The next thing we looked at was to give the collateral an elegant look and feel to reflect the high quality products that The Silk Boutique offer. We accomplished this by introducing a rose gold foil to all items and a soft touch laminate where possible to give that ‘special’ feel.

Because all the printing, foiling, lamination and garment embroidery was able to be done in-house, we were able to control the production and ensure colour consistency and high quality required for the client who were over the moon!

“I am so glad I found AB Print Group. I was looking for a professional company that could help me with all the printing and design needs associated with setting up our new silk clothing brand and was immediately impressed with their enthusiasm and professionalism.

They guided me through the process of design, mock-ups and production, offering their expert advice and suggestions. This has resulted in a collection of packaging elements and corporate stationery that is both of a premium quality and looks beautiful.

We are proud to send out our luxury boxes to our clients and 100% happy with the service and aftercare we have received and highly recommend them.

We will not use anyone else!”

 – Tiffany Hill (The Silk Boutique, Global Director of Design and Manufacturing)


Silk boutique print garment tags


Take a look at the final products ready for their official product launch on June 4th 2019 –

To talk to AB Print about your upcoming print project give us a call on 01924 473481 or contact us here.