Design considerations for Pulp stock

Our recommendation is to not have solid coverage over large areas of the stock so that the texture of the paper can be seen through the design (in other words, use lots of white space in your design). As this is an Uncoated card stock, we recommend reviewing: Design considerations for Uncoated. There are also a few additional considerations:

Textured Stock

The texture of the stick will show through your design and affect how colours appear. Due to the texture and natural fibres of this stock areas of colours in the end product may appear inconsistent or slightly patchy with large areas of colour.

This texture can create a nice, rustic, and artistic feel which is what some are going after. If this is not what you are looking for, we suggest changing the stock to a smooth white card stock instead.

Fine Detail

Due to the texture on this stock – it cannot hold fine detail as well. The finest detail we recommend is 0.4pt line-weight, however please note that light colours or lines that are not solid (such as dotted lines) should be made thicker.

Heavy Coverage

Areas of solid colour can appear inconsistent when printed Digital output. If you have large areas of solid colour in your design – we would recommend ordering Letterpress output on the Pulp.

Margin and Shifting

We recommend a safety margin of 0.25 inches away from the trim line for this product.

Due to the nature of the stock it can shift significantly during printing and trimming processes. Shifts of 0.0625" to 0.125" can occur (which can cause your design appear off-centre) especially with 20pt Pulp stock.

This is the reason we recommend a larger safety margin of 0.25 inches.

Coloured Stock

Remember that the colour of the stock will affect how colours in your card are printed – and we don't print white ink.

The darker stocks (such as Beige, Grey, Green and Red) are only suitable to be printed with dark colours and black only (as lighter colours will not be visible on the dark stock).

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