- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
- Print Specs
Print small size cards in foil effects with unlimited foil colours on sturdy 16pt coated cardstock. The advantage of foil effects printing is that you are not limited to using specific foil colours. Instead, we print full colour inks over a layer of shiny silver foil to create custom foil colours, halftones, shades and gradients in foil.
These sturdy cards are printed in full colour on 16pt coated cardstock in square, narrow and trading card sizes on an offset press to ensure your art is printed in high resolution with crisp detailed graphics.
If you don't see the card size you need, please check out the other foil effects card categories or send us a custom quote request and we'll get back to you within one business day.
How We Print Foil Effects Cards Foil effects cards are printed on a "club-run" which means we combine several clients' jobs on a shared press sheet. This process requires a 9-day production process and cannot be rushed.
Can Foil Effects Affect Colours?
Images or artwork printed with foil effects will darken slightly and some gradient range will be lost. Consider lightening images before printing for a better result.
Want Silver Colour On Foil Effects Cards? Use 15% K
To create typical silver foil, we recommend applying 15% K over the foil.
Can I use Full Bleed Foil?
Yes, foil effects allows you to design with full coverage and full bleed, unlike foil stamping which is limited 50% of the coverage.
Can There Be Knockouts (Registration Issues) With Foil Effects Layers?
Knockouts are the spaces in the Foil Effects mask or in the CMYK print file. Beware there might be a "halo" of white around the knockout area. Although registration is better than traditional foil stamping, it will not be exact.
Can I Use Small Text With Foil Effects Cards?
Do not design using foil effects on very thin or small text or artwork. For best results, use large areas or fonts 12pt and above. Sans-serif fonts 10 point or above will also work.
Kick It Up With High Gloss UV
A UV coating will bring out more of the foil/CMYK subtleties in your artwork as well as add another dimension of gloss to your design.
Which Colours Should I Use With Foil Effects Cards?
Foil effects works best on lighter colours. The darker and more saturated the colour is, the less effect the foil effect will have.
Whats The Difference Between Foil Stamping and Foil Effects?
Foil Stamping is the true and traditional form of adding foil to your project. Foil stamping is limited to under 50% coverage, cannot bleed and is not suited to complex designs. Foil effects allows almost unlimited foil colours, gradients and can be used for intricate designs. We offer traditional foil stamping on silk laminated and uncoated stocks while foil effects is only printed on a coated card stock.
Can Heavy Ink Coverage Cause Chipping?
Coated cards have a thin clay coating that can chip when trimmed. Cards with heavy ink coverage, especially dark colours that goes all the way to the edges, tend to really to show this chipping. We recommend silk laminated cards for designs with heavy coverage at the trim line.
Can Colour Will Vary On Coated Cards?
The upside of club-run printing is the shared savings, the downside is that we adjust colour globally to get the best overall colour for shared jobs. This means the colour of club-run printed items will vary through the run and will not match exactly on re-prints. Our Indigo printing service is better suited to colour critical work.
Can I Write On Foil Effects Cards?
Coated cards aren't ideal for writing on. If finished with a matte aqueous coating, sharpies may work if left to dry but ballpoint pens will smudge. If finished with a UV gloss coating, don't even think about it. If this is a big deal, check out our uncoated card stock options.
Can 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.
Is there colour variation on solid blue?
Due to the nature of club-run printing, you may experience colour variation in solid fills of blue. For great blue results, we recommend a 30% difference between your Cyan and Magenta levels to ensure a nice rich dark blue, rather than purple.
Should You Use Rich Black?
For the richest of deep dark blacks in print use 50/40/40/100 as the CMYK value. If printing small black text (or knocked out text), we recommend a k only black (0/0/0/100) to avoid mis-registration issues.
Can UV Coating Change Colours?
Colour on cards finished with a UV gloss coating will appear slightly darker and richer than cards finished with an aqueous coating.
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)
Foil Effects: Include a separate file/artboard with these elements coloured with Pantone Black to denote the special finishing. Alternatively, if you would like to include these elements in the same file, place these elements on a separate layer and coloured with a Pantone colour (typically Pantone Black) that denotes the Foil Effects.
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. Foil Effects layers can only be printed from a vector-based file.
|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|
Offset Printed Using Stochastic Screens
16pt Coated Card Stock, 30% post-consumer waste (130lb)
Full Colour Both Sides (4/4) or Full Colour One Side (4/0), using soy-based inks
Foil Effects with Matte or Gloss Coatings