- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
- Print Specs
Small cards printed on 24pt thick brown kraft chipboard card stock have a very unique artisanal appeal.
This 100% recycled artisanal stock is great for square and skinny cards, jewelry tags, mini business cards and trading cards that really make an impression.
24pt chipboard small cards are printed in full color with optional white ink printing on a Hewlett Packard Indigo press that produces accurate and consistent color on multiple card orders as well as future reorders.
Because the spot white ink is printed before the full color process inks, you have the option to print your colors on top of the white, giving them an extra boost of brightness compared to just printing your full color inks directly on the dark brown kraft chipboard.
When you print your small cards on this natural kraft 24pt chipboard, know that your cards are produced on a 100% post-consumer stock made from recycled paper, being 100% tree free. So take a deep breath, find your center and embrace the inconsistencies in color, appearance and surface feel that occurs from card to card on this recycled chipboard stock.
Mother nature loves variance and randomness making this a natural selection.
Custom Size Cards are available: please select the next largest size you can see online that will fit your trim size. Supply your files at your trim size and be sure to indicate that trim size in your order notes.
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 colored stock, some colors are hard to read (like yellow/oranges, med browns, greens). If you are concerned that your color 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
Colors: supply your files in CMYK color (Pantone/RGB colors will be converted or rejected)
Spot White: Include a separate file/artboard with these elements colored 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 colored with a Pantone color (typically Pantone Black) that denotes the Spot White.
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
24pt Natural Kraft Chipboard, 100% post-consumer waste
Full Color Both Sides (4/4) or Full Color One Side (4/0) + spot white ink (optional), using HP ElectroInk