On occasion, it may become necessary to make postage at home. Most of the time, this is a limited need. Any production done on your own may not have legal force unless relevant documents support it. However, obtain the appropriate documentary base before making postage at home if it is exclusively for you or your company. In order not to incur the costs of manufacturing by professionals. It will require equipment, materials, and patience because you will not have the necessary experience. You will not find it easy to approach the process of how to print postage at home. There will be a specific technology required.
For home production, only photopolymer technology is suitable. When exposed to ultraviolet light, the liquid polymer hardens into prints. You can create this light with a UV lamp around your house. In addition, two identical glasses should insulate at the edges. Protective films and liquid containers are also necessary. Negatives are created first, then irradiated with a UV lamp. Creating postage involves preparing cliches.
The simplest method is to use clay for cold welding. You can also use talc and other methods. After the cliche is ready, one needs to start printing on it. The material is prepared, as a rule – from hard rubber or rubber-based. The inscription is then carefully cut out according to the prints. In general, making postage at home is not such a simple matter. It will require certain skills, so it is not always justified even from an economic point of view, and it is easier to turn to professional performers. Such companies exist in large numbers, and they also have advanced technologies that allow printing in a short time and with high quality.
What is Postage?
Postage is a tool that a fixed image can apply to various surfaces. If desired, you can make postage with your own hands. Such homemade postages can use to draw patterns on paper or fabrics, play with children, and decorate and decoration.
There are postages for official documentation:
- Postage. Certifies the authenticity of government documents.
- A commercial. Individual entrepreneurs and legal entities use it.
- Postage. Replaces handwritten text on institutional letterheads.
If everything is clear with the documents, how to mark your books, letters, and personal belongings? Masters accustomed to standards are unlikely to make a creative sketch of the image. It’s easier to print yourself. Below we will tell you how to print postage at home.
Types of Homemade Prints
- Bookplate. They can mark, for example, the books in the home library. The print can have a beautiful image or your family coat of arms.
- Logo. They put on hand-made products, paper bags, and packaging.
- Blank for wax impressions. They are used for postage letters.
Making postage begins with creating a pattern for the print. For this, graphic programs are used:
Postage is a popular and free image layout software. Intuitively clear, even a non-advanced user can work with it. You can only download the demo version for free.
“Postage” is a free program with wide functionality.
Corel Draw and Illustrator are vector graphics editors for creating detailed images. Requires basic skills.
Fine Print is a paid program for inserting a print image into a text document.
Methods for Making Postages
Here are 2 main ways: complex and simple
Complex: Resin Printing
Photo exposure technology can convey the smallest details of the picture. However, it is financially expensive and challenging to implement: you need to master graphics programs, buy film and polymer, and find an exposure camera and a suitable laser printer.
It would be best if you had an image layout. To create a professional drawing, use Corel Draw, but other programs will work.
To print the layout, use a laser printer with a resolution of 600 dpi or more.
Flatten the negative and lay it face-up on the glass. Moisten the glass with water before doing this to improve the negative sticks. It is advisable to cover it with a protective film. With smoothing movements from the center to the edges, remove air and residual water from under the film.
Cover the edge of the negative with border tape, and leave the corners free.
Evenly, without interruption of the jet, fill the negative with photopolymer. If bubbles appear, pierce them with a needle or blow them out with a jet of air from a rubber bulb.
Gently place the film on the polymer with the rough side inward and the smooth side out. Lightly press it in the middle and gradually release the ends. Place another piece of glass on top and secure with clips (sold at stationery stores) around the edges.
Place the resulting “sandwich” into the exposure chamber. The front side should be on top. Set the exposure time. Turn the composition over and repeat the procedure at the end of the process. Each polymer has its own exposure time. For example, VX55 and ROEHM should hold for one minute. To avoid making mistakes, read the technical regulations.
Carefully remove the glass and separate the negative from the resin. Leave the clear substrate in place. Use a toothbrush and non-abrasive detergent to remove any uncured resin from the cliché. It is best to do this under running warm water.
Soak the washed plate for 5-10 minutes in water and re-expose.
Carefully cut out the cliche along the contour without touching the sides. Stick the blank on the snap. The print is ready!
Beginners often separate the substrate from the polymer after exposure. As a result, it is not possible to glue the postage blank. Remember: the rough surface of the substrate is in contact with the polymer, and the smooth surface is glued to the body.
Simple: Postage Made with Foil
Find old postage or board of the right size, preferably with a handle. Glue the resulting inscription to it, and you can try the print quality.
This technology does not require any special artistic talents from you. Materials for the manufacture of blanks are in every home. The wear resistance of such postage is lower than that of a photopolymer, but it can use to make several hundred prints.
Choose the right picture. Transfer it to tracing paper and then to foil. You can take a pencil or a non-writing pen and circle the outline with light pressure. Any foil will do for food in a roll or a chocolate bar.
Gently pour strong putty or epoxy into the resulting recesses. Set the workpiece aside for two days to dry.
At the end of the term, remove the resulting inscription from the foil. The mold should come off easily.
Find old postage or a board of a suitable size, preferably with a handle. Glue the resulting inscription to it and test the quality of the print. Ready!
You can also make simpler prints. For this, various improvised means are suitable. Here are some of the simplest options:
You need to choose an eraser of a suitable size and draw a drawing on it with a pencil. Then, using a clerical knife, cut out the image. At the same time, the base of the eraser remains the same size, and the pattern itself protrudes slightly on the surface.
In the same way, you can make postage with your own hands from cork. It should only be borne in mind that, in this case, the contours and density of the pattern may differ due to the peculiarity of the material (the cork is looser).
Suitable for making prints and cardboard. Various patterns can be cut out and then attached to a convenient surface (the same cork will do). The finished drawing can immerse in paint and print.
To apply simple patterns or geometric shapes, you can use any object. For example, using caps of different diameters, circles can be applied. It is enough to dip the edges into the paint and then attach them to the surface.
Vegetables and Fruits Postage
For those who do not know how to make postage with their own hands from improvised means, you can use the simplest option: make postage from vegetables or fruits found in the house.
In this case, it all depends on the density and structure of the selected product.
For example, you can easily make postage from potatoes with your own hands in the same way as from an eraser or cork. The vegetable is cut into pieces, and a pattern is cut out on the cut.
You can cut out hearts, stars, animal paw prints, etc.
Other vegetables on the cut form a certain pattern (for example, onions). It can be printed without additional processing.
Such simple patterns can decorate children’s clothes or other surfaces.
Postage for Decorative Concrete
Concrete posting is a great opportunity to apply any pattern to this durable material. Thanks to this technique, you can diversify the appearance of the territory. On an industrial scale, special blanks are used.
You can make concrete postage with your own hands for small areas or for personal use.
Various materials are suitable for this: wood, plastic, polystyrene, etc. A figure of the desired shape is cut out of it, applied to the concrete, and forms a pattern.
Postage for Concrete
In this way, you can create an imitation of a tile or other pattern. In this case, special pigments can be used to give concrete color.
It should be borne in mind that only concrete that has not yet hardened can include postage. But it shouldn’t be too liquid. It is also necessary to mark the territory and precalculate how the drawing will be applied.
Printing at home is quick and easy. Various technologies allow you to choose a suitable labor intensity and investment method. Photo exposure will most accurately convey the details of the drawing, but it is easier to print from improvised means. Illegal production of postage is a criminal offense.