- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
- Print Specs
Printing small cards on 16pt thick uncoated bamboo cardstock is a wonderfully green printing choice. We offer rush same day rush printing as well as 2 or 4 business day printing on an Indigo printing press to ensure accurate colour as well as consistency and fidelity on re-orders and reprints.
This 16pt thick bamboo stock is made from 90% bamboo and 10% recovered cotton fibres, combining two renewable tree-free fibres to make your small-sized cards strong, soft and sustainable. The texture on this bamboo card stock is similar to watercolour paper and is an elegant tree-free and renewable printing option for your small size cards.
It's not hard to see why printing your cards on this bamboo stock adds credibility to your brand and our planet.
Colour Will Be Muted And Subtle
Since the stock is an uncoated stock the colours will appear more muted and subtle compared to those on coated stocks.
Greys Can Shift
CMYK Process colours in the grey range and de-saturated images can shift in colour throughout the print run and may cause the greys to appear either cooler or warmer. For a neutral grey we recommend converting all grey values and de-saturated images to true greyscale consisting of K (black) only values.
Images May Not Be As Crisp As Coated Stocks
Photos and other high resolution objects will not show up on this stock as crisp as those on a coated card stock since the ink absorbs into the stock when drying.
It is common to see "frayed / rough edges" on uncoated stocks especially with ink coverage that extends to the edge of the cards, when a stock is not coated the fibres can break loose when trimmed. Choosing a coated or laminated card will help avoid this issue.
Small Fonts Aren't Good
Due to the lower halftone resolution with Indigo printing, the minimum recommended text size is 6pt. With any small text, if grey use a black ink only version. If black, use 100% K.
Thin Lines Aren't Good
Anything thinner than a hairline stroke (0.25") - even at 100% K it may look choppy when printed due to Indigo print resolution.
Indigo Resolution Is Different Than Offset
There is a screen to the Indigo print which customers should be aware of if they're comparing to traditional offset printing.
No Rich Black
Don't use rich black on Indigo printing. 100% K will be just fine.
Heavy Coverage? Don't Round Corners
Heavy ink coverage can be problematic. When the cards rub together, the ink can rub off. This can be an issue for corner rounding so we generally advise clients with heavy coverage not to round corners.
Proofing Will Delay Production Timelines
Orders with proofs will not begin print production until the proof is approved. If you are ordering rush printing and printed proofs the proof printing cannot be rushed.
PDF Layout Proofs: PDF layout proofs will be sent within 1 business day, rush orders will be given priority and sent asap during business hours. If file adjustments are required after the proof is sent the turnaround time is based on the time of final proof approval.
Printed Proofs | Photos of Proofs | Mailed Proofs: Printed proofs and photos of printed proofs require up to 4 business days to produce and cannot be rushed. If file adjustments are required after the proof is sent the turnaround time is based on the time of final proof approval.
Technical Specifications + Templates
Bleeds: all files must have a 1/8" bleed on each side
Live Area: keep all critical text and artwork 1/8" inside the trim
Colours: supply your files in CMYK colour (Pantone/RGB colours will be converted or rejected)
Resolution: 300 dpi minimum (400 dpi preferred)
Fonts: fonts must converted to curves/outlines (we do not accept fonts).
Transparencies: flatten all transparencies
Types Of Files We Accept: MAC & PC files from Photoshop (PSD), Illustrator (EPS or AI), CorelDraw (CDR or EPS), Adobe Acrobat PDF, TIFF or JPEG.
|Trim Size||File Size||Template|
|Square Card||1.75" x 1.75"||2" x 2"||UNAVAILABLE|
|Square Card||2" x 2"||2.25" x 2.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Square Card||2.5" x 2.5"||2.75" x 2.75"||DOWNLOAD|
|Name Card||3.5" x 1.5"||3.75" x 1.75"||DOWNLOAD|
|Name Card||3.5" x 1.75"||3.75" x 2"||DOWNLOAD|
|Business Card||3.5" x 2"||3.75" x 2.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Hang Tag||4" x 2"||4.25" x 2.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Trading Card||4" x 2.75"||4.25" x 3"||DOWNLOAD|
|Square Card||3" x 3"||3.25" x 3.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Trading Card||4" x 3"||4.25" x 3.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Promo Card||4" x 3.5"||4.25" x 3.75"||DOWNLOAD|
|Hang Tag||5" x 2"||5.25" x 2.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Square Card||4" x 4"||4.25" x 4.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Hang Tag||6" x 2"||6.25" x 2.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Bookmark||7" x 2"||7.25" x 2.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Bookmark||8" x 2"||8.25" x 2.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Club Flier||5" x 3.5"||5.25" x 3.75"||UNAVAILABLE|
Digital-Offset Printing Using Indigo Liquid Ink Technology
16pt Bamboo Card Stock
Full Colour Both Sides (4/4) or Full Colour One Side (4/0), using HP ElectroInk