- Things You Should Know
- Print Specs
This 16pt coated card stock is a popular choice for printing small sizes of cards, square cards, trading cards, and narrow cards finished with a UV high gloss or matte coating.
Starting at 500 units, small 16pt coated cards are offset printed with soy inks to provide high definition reproduction of your photos and artwork.
Want to order a smaller quantity with a faster turnaround? Coated 15pt Small Cards start at 100 units with rush options that include same day printing.
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 colors that goes all the way to the edge, tend to really to show this chipping. We recommend silk laminated cards on cards with heavy coverage at the trim line.
Will Color Vary?
The upside of club-run printing is the shared savings, the downside is that we adjust color globally to get the best overall color for shared jobs. This means the color 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 color critical work.
Can I write on Coated 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 colors in the grey range and de-saturated images can shift in color 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 color variation on solid blue?
Due to the nature of club-run printing, you may experience color 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 misregistration issues.
Can UV Coating Change Colors On The Cards?
Color on cards finished with a UV gloss coating will appear slightly darker and richer than cards finished with an aqueous coating.
Offset Printed Using Stochastic Screens
(100 and 250 quantities are digitally printed)
16pt Coated Card Stock, 30% post-consumer waste (130lb)
Full Color Both Sides (4/4) or Full Color One Side (4/0), using soy-based inks