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  1. What are colorplan business cards?

    What are colorplan business cards?

    Colorplan business cards are business cards that are crafted using GF Smith’s iconic Colorplan paper range. Every fibre of Colorplan paper is dyed a specific colour which means the paper has edges that match the surface colour. There are currently 54 paper colours in the Colorplan range from deeply saturated colours to pastel colours. Most standard business cards are produced with white card and then printed whichever colours you have used in your design. Colorplan business cards are different because you are starting with coloured papers. Starting with a coloured paper immediately gives your business cards a premium look and feel.

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  2. The best approach to combining digital printing and foil stamping

    Foil stamping is a very versatile print finishing option which can be used on various papers from silk or laminated board to kraft, metallic stock and even 100% cotton. A common request from our clients is to combine digital printing and foil stamping on an uncoated card stock. When digitally printing on uncoated stock there is nothing to protect the ink on the surface of the card. After printing, the job is guillotined or die cut which can cause the ink to flake along the edges. It is most prevalent on the bottom edge, when a job is cut down and can be controlled to some degree by adjusting the guillotine settings, however, the best way to prevent this is to laminate the surface with matt or soft touch lamination. This thin laminate film protects the ink on the surface and prevents the ink from flaking/cracking on the edges when the job is cut down. In addition, foil stamping on laminate gives the foil a much more shiny and metallic appearance than foil stamping on uncoated card. Foil stamping on uncoated papers and cards can create more of a muted metallic finish.

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