- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
- Print Specs
It's only natural that you are drawn to this chunky 24pt kraft chipboard stock to use for your large card printing. The random flecks, marks and imperfections in this stock come from its 100% post-consumer recycled content, which provides an artisanal charm while ensuring no trees are cut to make your large and oversized cards and large postcards.
We believe the variances in this chipboard add a handmade and more organic appearance similar to that found in nature. Your large cards are printed on this 24pt natural kraft chipboard in full colour with optional spot white ink on the latest HP Indigo press, producing top quality reproduction of photos and accurate colour. Spot white ink can be used very effectively to create striking designs or to back up your full colour art.
Should I Use Small Text With Light Coverage On Natural Kraft Cards?
The text in the supplied file uses a very small point size, which due to the lower halftone resolution used with indigo printing, could cause the type to appear “broken-up” or make it illegible. For best results with small type, we recommend using 100% K black as opposed to grey.
Can I Use Rich Black With Indigo Printing?
Don't use rich black on Indigo printing, it can cause issues with misregistration. 100% K will be just fine. If using grey, a black-ink only grey will give also give you best results.
How Can I Indicate Spot White Layer?
For spot white printing, we require you supply a separate additional page showing the spot white areas (eg: images, text etc.).
Will Spot White And CMYK Layers Align Perfectly?
Tightly registered detail using Spot White can cause 'haloing', where the spot white might not exactly align with the CMYK elements. Anywhere that the white and CMYK tightly register and end together should be avoided.
Are There Any Colours I Should Avoid With Natural Kraft Cards?
Because this is a coloured stock, some colours are hard to read (like yellow/oranges, med browns, greens). If you are concerned that your colour won't be visible, please request a hard copy proof.
What Is The Minimum Font Size For Natural Kraft Cards?
The minimum recommended text size is 6pt. With any small text, if grey use a Black Ink Only version; if Black, use 100% K.
Can I Use Thin Lines With Natural Kraft Cards?
Anything thinner than a hairline stroke (0.25") - even at 100% K may look choppy when printed due to Indigo print resolution.
Is Indigo Resolution Different From Offset?
There is a screen to the Indigo print which customers should be aware of if they're comparing to traditional offset printing.
Can I Round Corners With Heavy Coverage On Natural Kraft Cards?
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.
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)
Spot White: Include a separate vector file/artboard with these elements coloured with Pantone Black to denote the special finishing. Spot White ink elements must be supplied as vector.
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|
|Large Card||6" x 8"||6.25" x 8.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Large Card||6" x 8.5"||6.25" x 8.75"||DOWNLOAD|
|Large Card||6" x 9"||6.25" x 9.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Large Card||6.25" x 9"||6.5" x 9.25"||UNAVAILABLE|
|Large Card||4.5" x 12.5"||4.75" x 12.75"||UNAVAILABLE|
|X-Large Card||6" x 11"||6.25" x 11.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|X-Large Card||7" x 10"||7.25" x 10.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|X-Large Card||5" x 14"||5.25" x 14.25"||UNAVAILABLE|
|Letter-Size Card||8.5" x 11"||8.75" x 11.25"||DOWNLOAD|
Digital-offset printing using Indigo liquid ink technology
24pt Natural Kraft Chipboard, 100% post-consumer waste
Full Colour Both Sides (4/4) or Full Colour One Side (4/0) + spot white ink (optional), using HP ElectroInk