- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
- Print Specs
Natural kraft postcards evoke a rustic and artisanal appearance perfect for elegant mail-outs and in-store promotions with an organic look and feel. Print 4" x 6", 5" x 7" and custom size postcards on this 18pt thick natural kraft card stock with visible flecks and random subtle fibres that make every card distinctive. These inconsistencies are what make this light brown kraft card stock a natural choice for postcards that require a handmade look.
When you print full colour artwork on one or both sides directly on the surface of your natural kraft postcards, your colours will appear darker since we are printing on light brown cardstock and not white cardstock. Even though this creates a very desired look for many of our clients, you also have the option to add a spot white ink to your designs. The spot white ink is printed before the full colour artwork, giving you the opportunity to not only create white design elements and graphics but you can also "back up" your full colour artwork. Backing up parts or all of your artwork results in brighter colours, giving your designs a boost because these elements are printed on top of a spot white layer.
Natural kraft 18pt postcards are digitally printed, allowing you to design your artwork in unlimited full colour and white ink at surprisingly affordable prices. Design your postcards with a wide range of colour options and photographs on this natural kraft cardstock and stay on budget.
White Ink Is Not Opaque
The white ink used in this print method is not opaque and is somewhat transparent when applied to the Natural Kraft stock. It is not designed as a solid ink, but is more for design elements or to be used as a white backup to brighten the CMYK colours. Please request samples to see examples of the white ink prior to placing your order.
No Rich Black, Use K Only Greys
For best results, don't use rich black on 18pt Natural Kraft stock, as it can cause issues with mis-registration. 100% K will be just fine. If using grey, a black-ink only grey will give also give you best results.
Separate File or Artboard Indicating Spot White Required
For spot white printing we require you supply a separate additional page showing the spot white areas (eg: images, text etc.). For more information on setting up spot white for the 18pt Natural Kraft Cards, you can view our Spot Gloss tutorial as the setup is the same.
Spot White And CMYK Layers May Not 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.
Some Colours Are Hard To Read On This Stock
Some colours are hard to read due to the colour of this card stock. Yellow/oranges, med browns and greens are good examples. When in doubt, default to a darker colour!
Small Fonts Aren't Good
The minimum recommended text size is 6pt. With any small text, if grey use a Black Ink Only version; if Black, use 100% K to prevent issues with misregistration.
Thin Lines Aren't Good
Anything thinner than a hairline stroke (0.25") - even at 100% K may look choppy when printed due to digital print resolution.
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|
|Postcard||4.25" x 5.5"||4.5" x 5.75"||UNAVAILABLE|
|Postcard||6" x 4"||6.25" x 4.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Postcard||6" x 4.25"||6.25" x 4.5"||DOWNLOAD|
|Square Card||5" x 5"||5.25" x 5.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Square Card||6" x 6"||6.25" x 6.25"||UNAVAILABLE|
|Postcard||7" x 3.5"||7.25" x 3.75"||DOWNLOAD|
|Fat Postcard||7" x 5"||7.25" x 5.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Postcard||8.5" x 3.5"||8.75" x 3.75"||DOWNLOAD|
|Postcard||8.5" x 4"||8.75" x 4.25"||UNAVAILABLE|
|Product Card||5.5" x 8.5"||5.75" x 8.75"||DOWNLOAD|
- How to Setup Business Cards in Adobe Illustrator
- How to Setup Business Cards in Adobe Photoshop
- How to Setup Business Cards in Corel Draw
Digitally Printed using Dry Electrostatic Transfer System
18pt Natural Kraft Card Stock, 100% recycled w/ minimum 30% post-consumer waste
Full Colour Both Sides (4/4) or Full Colour One Side (4/0) + spot white ink (optional)