- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
- Print Specs
Silk laminated business cards printed on 19pt (19 point) thick card stock showcase your designs on a supple, silky card stock that has ruggedness and strength from the lamination.
We print your silk business cards in full color with optional clear UV spot gloss that catches light to contrast between the silky matte laminated surface of your business card.
Printing your silk laminated business cards begins with printing your art in full color on 16pt coated cards stock on an offset press utilizing stochastic screen technology, producing high-quality photographs and HD quality details.
In the final step we add a 1.5mil silk lamination to both sides of your business cards making them a hefty 19pt thick and then print the UV spot gloss layer on top of the silk laminated surface.
Custom Finishing Available By Custom Quote
Don't see the finishing options you are looking for? We offer additional finishing options like corner rounding, scoring, perforation or hole drill options by custom quote. Please complete our custom quote form for an estimate, and be sure to include the stock you are looking to print.
Coatings Make The Colour Vary
Without the use of spot gloss, colors under silk laminated coating will appear slightly muted and may alter the final result. (Even 100% K will appear somewhat charcoal in color.) Color matching of artwork is not suited to this product. Silk Laminated cards will mute your colors, if you add spot gloss to it will darken that specific section.
Fine Details Don't Translate Well To Spot UV
Due to the liquid nature of the spot gloss application, fine details may expand and fill in unexpectedly. If the spot gloss placement includes a lot of fine detail, tight corners, etc., the spot gloss will result in some filling in, especially at smaller sizes. Make sure that spot gloss designs are as simple and large as possible.
Don't Try To Spot UV Fine Text
Because there may be some slight shifting of the spot UV (spot gloss) we do not advise putting the spot UV over the text. You can expect up to 1/16" variance between the gloss and the CMYK layers. So trying to line up the thin gloss with small or thin text underneath may not turnout as expected.
Spot UV Can Shift
Spot gloss doesnt always line up 100% perfect. Usually "blind" spot gloss applications turn out the best. Aligning the spot gloss with CMYK elements often reduces the contrast of the spot gloss and any shift in alignment is noticeable. Spot gloss alone provides great contrast when applied over a solid fill or even just on the white matte stock. Another great effect is to have a pattern in just spot gloss in the background.
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 Gloss: 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 Gloss.
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||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|
Offset Printed using Stochastic Screens (Quantities under 500 are printed on Advanced Digital Press)
16pt coated card stock w/ 1.5mil silk lamination both sides, 30% post-consumer waste (130lb)
Full Color Both Sides (4/4) or Full Color One Side (4/0), using soy-based inks
Spot UV available on both sides