The tactile nature of paper is its biggest and most unique trait. Our fingertips are sending subliminal messages to our brain without our knowing it. What has been so exciting in the paper world is that we have seen an uptick in people favoring textured papers. The options are endless. There are so many finishes to choose from and countless way to include texture to amplify and compliment your print jobs. Textures range from the traditional linen and laid to the modernistic stipple and techweave to the organic woodgrain and felt. But there’s one texture that always seems to stop people in their tracks and makes them take notice. It is paper that has a surface that feels somewhat rubbery and plastic-like.
Here’s a closer look at three of those papers. (Admittedly, looking at them is definitely not doing them justice. You have got to feel these!)
Touché Paper is the subtlest of the three choices with a soft, matte finish that reminds you of soft rose petals. It is seriously soft, luxurious and elegant, similar to the feel of soft touch aqueous coating, but better. Neenah has a new swatchbook for the line including three new colors, Sterling (a light gray), Concord (a rich, dark purple) and Saffron (a deep, golden shade). It’s super exciting to see that a duplex has been added in White/Black which is perfect for specialty techniques on the black side and spot printing on the white. Touché is available in cover weights of 111# and 232#.
Touché Printing Tips
Plike has a more distinct, plastic-like feel. It’s still soft to the touch, but your fingers don’t glide over it like it does on Touché. The color palette is bold and modern and is available in 122# cover and 95# text (white, black and red only). Imagine using the text weight for a flysheet or to divide sections in a book, catalog or brochure…ooh la la.
Plike Printing Tips
Mohawk Curious Collection Touch
Touch (not to be confused with Touché) is the most rubber-like feeling of all three papers. It feels very velvety, but your fingers will meet some resistance when you rub them across the surface. This paper was originally created for Jennifer Lopez’s fragrance line where she wanted the paper to mimic the feel of skin. It’s available in 80# text and 111# cover in only one color, Milk. Take note that the touch finish is one-sided and the backside is untreated as this can affect crossovers and print consistency. (Touché and Plike are 2-sided, so both sides feel and print the same.)
Mohawk Curious Collection Touch Printing Tips
How to use these papers.
These are papers where the surface is taking center stage, so there is no need to cover them up with ink. In fact, if you do print solid inks coverage on the sheets, you will actually mask their unique feel. Consider keeping offset printing to a minimum and rely on printing techniques such as embossing, foil stamping and die-cutting.
These papers are unique choices for brochures, folders, covers, packaging, tags, business cards and invitations.
Note: These papers are not digital compatible.
Bonus! These papers are colored dyed throughout so if you are die cutting, there will be no white edges showing.
Let the paper show with delicate foil stamping on Neenah Plike Black.
Create contrast with the shine of foil stamping on the non-glare surface of Neenah Plike Orange.
Use more than one! Spot gloss varnish on Neenah Plike Red and Black.
See the entire project on Under Consideration here.
Blind embossing adds another dimension to the tactility of Neenah Plike Orange
and a little gold foil goes a long way, too.
A slipcase always takes things up a notch. Neenah Touché Scarlett.
Use Curious Collection Touch Milk for a cover to make it memorable.
This business card makes a great first impression. Neenah Touché in Black.
Check your swatchbooks to make sure they are current and call us if you need a new ones. Field Paper also has a library of printed samples in our Sample Room to help you discover how to use specialty papers. Contact your Field Paper rep for your copy: