- Things You Should Know
- Print Specs
Print business cards on 18pt thick natural kraft stock for cards with a more artisanal, hand made look and feel. This stock has random fibers and flecks that are visible to the eye making every card special and unique.
These 18pt natural kraft business cards are digitally printed in full color with optional white ink, opening the door to wonderful design possibilities.
The spot white ink is printed before the full color inks so you can choose to use white ink it on its own or "back-up" some or all of your graphics, making the colors in your artwork brighter.
No matter how you choose to design your natural kraft business cards, they are sure to be noticed among the sea of white business cards.
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 Colors Are Hard To Read On This Stock
Some colors are hard to read due to the color of this card stock. Yellow/oranges, med browns and greens are good examples. When in doubt, default to a darker color!
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.
Digitally Printed using Dry Electrostatic Transfer System
18pt Natural Kraft Card Stock, 100% recycled w/ minimum 30% post-consumer waste
Full Color Both Sides (4/4) or Full Color One Side (4/0) + spot white ink (optional)