Month: October 2014

GIFT TAGS – WOOHOO!

SHQ_GiftTags

You’ve been asking for these little goodies for awhile now and I’m so happy we are able to deliver! If they are as big of a hit on StationeryHQ.com as we hope, we’ll add more sizes and shapes after the holidays. Go here for pricing, don’t forget to register/login for wholesale pricing: Gift Tags

In the meantime, here is a graphic to help you set up your files.

Die_2.5GiftTag

Die_2.5GiftTagBack

Advertisements

Designing for Double Thick Paper

 

Twice as nice, double thick paper

Twice as nice, double thick paper

We LOVE the double thick paper trend (hey, Paper Homies). Assuming that you love it too, there are a few things to know about getting the most bang for your buck. Double thick printing requires a little more finesse than our standard printing process. Printing on double thick involves multiple steps including perforating, folding, gluing, and cutting which means that errors are more common.

A 1 to 1.5 millimeter shift in front to back is very common. Your design should never include typography or borders that are close to the edge, that’s just asking for alignment issues. And by “close” I’d say give yourself a 1/4 inch between things that matter and the cutting edge.

We have also discovered that Savoy Cotton doesn’t love the automated gluing process so these will be hand glued in the future. We are happy to provide hand gluing for those who have a love affair with Savoy but it will cost a bit more than our other stocks.

Other than that, go double nuts on double thick, your clients will love it.

Designing for Digital Printing

A sneak peek at what it takes to print beautiful stationery...

A sneak peek at what it takes to print beautiful stationery…

With Holidays coming quickly I thought now would be a good time to let you know about some of the key factors that will ensure your projects print beautifully. You probably know most of this already, but just in case…

1. Thin borders will rarely come out even. We batch and print large volumes so we can offer the best prices, this requires automated processes. If you can’t live without a border, make sure that it’s a minimum of 1/4″ (not including bleed).

2. Teensy weensy type in anything but black will be hard to read cuz it’s made up of cmyk dots. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use colored type, just be prepared if you do a 6pt serif in a pale aloe. (yes, as a matter of fact, I have tried that– how do you think I know about these pitfalls???)

3. Matching colors on multiple pieces is hard to pull off on an automated job, how about complimentary colors? More on this

4. Die cuts make a cool card into an awesome card but they take a couple more days of production time so plan ahead.

5. Quality files make quality stationery, here’s a guide to ultimate file set up: Digital Print Files

6. We have a Frequently Asked Questions page on our site that might have some helpful nuggets for you: SHQ FAQ