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What is the difference between Soft Touch Paper and Velvet Lamination? Feeling perspective, material, available options.
What is the difference between Soft Touch Paper and Velvet Lamination? Feeling perspective, material, available options.
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Written by Corey Thompson
Updated over a week ago

This is a very common question, so let's see if we can shed some light. Before we do, please note that words like "soft" and "velvet-feel" are highly subjective terms and it is often difficult to describe the slight variations of each's tactile feel or look in words. The best way to describe "soft touch" and "velvet lamination" is to actually touch and feel them for yourself and order one of our beautiful free sample packs. Both samples are included and in addition, you will also see well over 50 additional standard and premium papers and finishes. First, let's start by saying that both Soft Touch and Velvet Lamination add a soft, rose-petal layer on the paper, making your cards more attractive and interesting. Some Definitions: Soft Touch is a coating that is applied in liquid form after the printing ink has been applied. The coating then dries with the “ soft feel ” texture. Soft touch coating dries fast, is non-yellowing, and is eco-friendly.

Velvet lamination provides such a soft texture that has been compared to the skin of a fresh peach! Also known as “velvet-feel”, it adds a protective layer that results in long-lasting prints with a delicate feel. Velvet laminate finish can easily wow a target audience by providing a deeper and richer look to printed materials. This high-end technique is a perfect choice for those businesses looking for something a little off the beaten path.

This finish is applied for both functional and aesthetic purposes. It works well on business cards, catalogs, greeting cards and more. Velvet finish adds a flexible look and feel, which softens colors, reduces contrast and gives an overall lighter appearance.

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