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Paper Weight Conversion Chart

In an effort to help eliminate the “Paper Weight” confusion problem, we have compiled the comprehensive table listed below. Now you can compare various types of paper and their “Equivalent Weights.” Definitions: Basis Weight The basis weight of a paper is the designated fixed weight of 500 sheets, measured in pounds, in that paper’s…

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Why is the print on my plastic card so light?

Plastic cards are made of translucent material. As light passes through them, the image printed in front appears lighter, softer, and muted. If you want more iridescent prints, our premium 30 pt frosted plastic cards should be an excellent alternative to our standard options. You can even add an extra…

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What shapes and sizes do you offer for plastic business cards?

Our basic plastic business cards come in 4 shapes and sizes: The Standard, The Square, The Mini, and The Oval. For each option, you can choose between clear frosted translucent and white plastic. All our business cards are printed on the highest quality paper in full color. Here are all…

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Are plastic business cards waterproof?

Yes. Plastic business cards are on-trend right now, as they are more durable and unique-looking than traditional paper cards. Typically made of flexible but tough PVC plastic, these business cards will look sharp even if you expose it to water, coffee, and other liquids. And it holds its shape even…

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What colored papers do you offer?

We can order your specialized colored stock for a custom service. But check out our “ColorPlan” series offerings, where a total of different 50 colors – from cool blues, greens, and grays, to bright mandarin and yellow hues – can be used on your most eye-catching business card.

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What type of black papers do you offer?

Black business cards are visually stunning. The rich, luxurious look and texture of black paper makes logos, patterns, and foil or embossing treatments stand out. If you are looking for custom black papers, we can discuss a specific quote and have it ordered for you. We also have our standard…

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What is recycled brown kraft paper?

Recycled brown kraft paper is made from 100% post-consumer waste such as scraps of paper collected from households and industries. These components make this type of paper biodegradable and recyclable. A lot of people don’t know that not all brown papers are eco-friendly and ethically made. Sometimes, these papers have…

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What kind of thick paper stocks do you offer?

We do custom orders of any stock through a custom quote. Feel free to browse our standard paper offerings on this page, which include: Glossy – catches light with its reflective surface Matte – subtler and textured look Uncoated – natural stock texture Pearl metallic – pearlescent effect Silk matte…

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What is layered / multi-loft paper?

A multi-loft paper is made of thick cardboard. As its name suggests, it’s composed of multiple layers of uncoated paper. Most of the time, it comes with a colored center. All these layers add texture and dimension to your print materials. Whether it’s for wedding announcements, business cards, or greetings,…

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What types of plastic do you print on?

Our premium plastic business cards are made of quality polypropylene. Available in a range of finishes and thickness, you can have your pick of durable plastic business cards to suit your brand. Polypropylene is 100% recyclable, so these cards are considered eco-friendly options. In terms of thickness, our 30 PT…

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What is suede / soft-touch laminated paper?

Also called soft feel or suede finish, soft touch refers to any finishing method that gives print materials a suede-like feel. It’s a little hard to find the right words that encapsulate its unusual texture, but some people have described this finish as velvety, smooth like suede, and soft like…

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What is silk matte laminated paper?

A silk matte laminated paper is a type of paper coated with matte plastic film that makes it durable yet smooth to the touch. The material is neither 100% shiny nor 100% matte. Even with a silky suede-like texture, you should be able to write on its surface with a…

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What is natural uncoated paper?

Uncoated paper is exactly that—paper that has no coating or finishing. Without the added layer of coating, there is no glare on the paper surface, making it ideal for those who want a clear and straightforward appearance. And since there is no coating, this type of paper is the most…

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What is matte paper and how is it produced?

Matte paper has a special coating applied during manufacturing. This is different from paper finishes, which are applied after printing. To produce this type of paper, a light matte coating is applied wet to the paper surface. The result is a more superior look and feel than uncoated paper. Light…

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What is glossy UV coated paper?

Ultraviolet (UV) coated paper is a type of paper that has a glossy liquid compound applied to its surface. This liquid coating is then dried by UV light using a printing press or special machine. The UV light hardens or cures the paper. Different types of compounds can be used…

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Why does my scored/folded piece have cracks?

When any job is coated with UV, then scored and also folded, the job begins to crack. While using, the cracks will get bigger and the ink might chip off too. CLOSE UP SCORING Scoring When coated jobs are scored and then folded, Cracking is inevitable. If you do not…

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