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Hand-engraved cards are printed using a technique dating from the 16th century:  gravure engraving.

The engraver engraves a drawing manually, using a graver on acid plates.  These plates are then covered with ink, cleaned, and pressed against the paper.

The cards thus produced have to dry for several days because of the rather extensive amount of ink use – up to ten times more than in offset printing.

The exceptional result combines relief, finesse and brightness of colours.

First Cards has one of the only and largest collections of hand-engraved plates in the world, which enables it to export its cards to more than 10 countries, including Japan, Australia, the United States, Russia, Switzerland, Italy and the United Kingdom.


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Cards available exclusively at printer’s offices, stationer’s shops and authorised resellers.