I'm not too good at explaining myself but I need help so here goes:
Before anything else, this is for a Christmas project. I'm planning to make a book of sorts to give to my friends, and I'd want it to have that "spot UV look. For those unfamiliar with it, look at the business cards in this site: http://www.mackeydesigns.com/general/spot-uv-design-and-samples/
Notice that there seems to be two tones of "black." But that's just really the effect of the method - having a design done in matte and highlighting a particular area (spot) of it with a high gloss finish.
However, this type of printing/varnishing is expensive, more so since the printers would ask for a big minimum run (contradictory as that sounds). I'm used to doing things DIY, or at least, approximating (faux-ing. har har) the look/effect I want to achieve. Unfortunately, the equipment needed for this is very costly. And as I'm only planning on doing a limited run (just for friends), it might not be the most practical way of getting things done.
So I'm trying to think up way to replicate the look. So far, here are the steps I've devised (and hopefully I'll be following):
1. Get the pages printed.
2. Have them laminated with a matte finish.
3. Using a silk screen method, apply very glossy varnish to the "spots."
So... I need advice on some things. What's a good varnish that is
1. very glossy (for a stark contrast with the matte lamination),
2. reasonably flexible (because it will be applied to the pages of a book),
3. will adhere to the matte-laminated surface its applied to,
4. and that also won't end up sticking to other pages varnished with it?
5. (optional) is also water-based? (Because water-based things are easier to clean off a silk screen stencil?)
I'm used to using oil varnish, but from my experience, things varnished with it get slightly tacky when I leave one on top of the other for some time.
I'd really appreciate any ideas or suggestions on this (especially since Christmas is getting nearer).