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Hand cutting paper has become a popular craft lately particularly amongst illustrators. Whilst methods vary, details are generally cut into sheets of paper using a pair of scissors or a scalpel. Hand drawings can be easily duplicated to form templates for cutting. Some of the designs that we have seen are so mind blowingingly intricate it comes at quite a shock when you hear that they have been hand crafted. Hina Aoyama’s beautiful work springs to mind. She describes the process of creating these delicate pieces as “stress relieving.” Whilst we admire the dedication and persistence of this craft, laser cutting your paper designs is a timesaving alternative.

Chameleon clock

Chameleon clock

Diginate offer a print on demand service which enables you to order completely bespoke stickers and posters. They’re quite unique in that their minimum order is only one unit! Quite rare for printers. Tim and Jon from Diginate recently got in touch excited about the possibility of combining our services.

Lino cutting by hand is typically quite a time consuming process. Painstakingly gouging out those pre-marked areas can get a little frustrating especially at large sizes. But did you know lino cuts can also be made on the laser cutter and in a fraction of the time?

Laser engraved lino cut

Laser engraved lino cut

Artist Patrick Collier has used raster laser engraving as a method for making prints for much of his work and in some cases, it has replaced traditional print methods (including screen printing) as his favoured application. We caught up with Patrick to find out more about the key benefits of using lasers with lino and how the process has influenced his work:

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