- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
- Print Specs
Business cards printed on this 12pt thick uncoated recycled cardstock are an outstanding green printing choice for fast business card printing projects. Now you can order as few as 10 full colour business cards on this 12pt 100% post-consumer content uncoated cardstock and get them the same day, the next day, or in a standard 2-3 business day printing time.
This cardstock is made of 100% recycled post-consumer content and printed on our state-of-the-art digital press, so you can print your business and name cards without needing to fire up a big offset printing press.
If you're looking for business cards, appointment cards, name cards and frequent buyer cards you can write on with a pen or pencil and even ink-stamp, this stock meets those requirements. You can even add optional corner rounding or hole drilling to give your recycled business cards a unique finish and added versatility.
Full coverage (aka floods of ink) on uncoated stocks are not recommended on this digitally printed card stock. We use a polymer based toner on this print method and the overall result of covering uncoated stocks in this toner will produce a low sheen instead of a matte appearance. Heavy coverage may also highlight the appearance of natural fibres on uncoated stocks. If your art / design includes heavy ink coverage and you want cards with a matte appearance we recommend one of our laminated stocks.
Can I Get A Colour Proof For 12pt Uncoated Cards?
If you are concerned about colour, be sure to request a printed proof for this product. This gives you a chance to see how the colours and finish turns out before we print your project.
Will Gradients Show Banding On 12pt Uncoated Cards?
Sometimes gradents aren't as smooth in print as they are on screen. Request a printed proof when placing your order so you can see first hand how it will turn out prior to production.
What Values Should I Use For Black And Grey Colours?
Unlike offset, we recommend using a 100% K build for black, and black only values for greys. This ensures the crispest edges and a neutral grey.
What Should I Use 12 Uncoated Card Stock For?
As with all digital printing we use a dry polymer based toner, which sits on top of the stock instead of soaking into the stock like a traditional ink. So using full/heavy coverage will cause the stock to look slightly shiny and will give a similar appearance to a coated stock. We recommend the uncoated stock for artwork that uses minimal ink coverage and allow the stock to show through. If using solid fills and heavy coverage, the C2S is probably going to be a better option.
What Is The Difference Between Digital Toner And Offset Ink?
Compared to an uncoated stock that is printed using wet inks, the printed areas can appear a bit shiny or coated depending on the coverage. This is because the toner is fused to the surface of the stock and is not absorbed like ink. Recommend requesting a proof if you are unsure about this appearance.
What Is The Difference Between C1S vs. C2S vs. Uncoated?
Depending on artwork, it may print better on Uncoated, or Coated stocks. For artwork with a lot of white or empty space, we would generally recommend an uncoated stock. For artwork with full and/or heavy coverage, we will recommend a coated stock (C2S). For artwork with heavy coverage on one side, and a lot of white space on the other, we would recommend a coated 1 side stock (C1S).
Is There Colour Variation On Solid 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.
Can 12pt Uncoated Cards Have Frayed edges?
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 fibers can break loose when trimmed. Choosing a coated or laminated card will help avoid this issue.
Can I Write On 12pt Uncoated Cards?
Write up a storm! Unlike our coated options, these cards work perfect as stamp cards, appointment cards, or a business card that you can scrawl a note across the back. You've found a match.
Should I Use Small Text With 12pt Uncoated Cards?
The paper stock is a little bit grainier than other stocks, so if you are looking for very sharp text this might not be the best paper stock for that or graphics that require razer sharp edges.
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.
|2" x 2"
|2.25" x 2.25"
|2.5" x 2.5"
|2.75" x 2.75"
|3.5" x 1.5"
|3.75" x 1.75"
|3.5" x 1.75"
|3.75" x 2"
|3.5" x 2"
|3.75" x 2.25"
Digital Printing using dry electrostatic transfer system
12pt recycled cover, 100% post-consumer waste card stock (100lb)
Full Colour Both Sides (4/4) or Full Colour One Side (4/0), using PxP-EQ toner