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Welcome to the Graphite Creative Advice Centre
Graphite Creative is a specialist greetings cards printer with over 25 years experience and the top
all-in-house finishing company in the business. We work on B2 presses and print for the biggest to
the smallest publishers. We use our expertise to bring out the very best in your cards and wrap.

Here’s a selection of frequently asked questions and the answers to help you on your way!

What are the most common card sizes? And how many designs fit on to the sheet?

In our experience the most common sizes are:

160mm square 6up
150mm square 
6up
240mm x 140mm 
10up
240mm x 170mm [7” x 5”] 8up
250mm x 135mm 
10up
C6/216mm x 156mm
9up

 

The advantage of using one of the most common sizes for your cards is that standard envelopes and cellowraps are readily available and will cost much less than ordering bespoke sizes.

What is the best type of board to use?
We are not limited to one or two paper suppliers, so we can work with whatever board you feel best suits your product and pocket! The most common weight of board used for greetings card is between 280 and 320gsm and different boards will give different results. We’re happy to discuss what would work best on an individual basis.

What does trim and bleed mean?
Trim refers to the area where the final cut is made and bleed is where the image or colour extends over the trim line to avoid any white space being left after the trim is applied.

How do I supply artwork?
The preferred method for print-ready artwork is a hi-res PDF with trim marks and bleed. But we can help with further information on this if you need support.

Is there a delivery charge for my print?
No, the price includes delivery to one UK mainland address.

What does flitter mean?
Flitter is an industry term for ‘fine glitter’ and can be used to great effect on cards, wrap and other stationery, like notebooks. It’s a popular finish and can either be loose or encapsulated, where the glitter is contained in a gel.

What is a die?
A die is a metal form that is an essential first stage in achieving a number of different finishes, such as embossing, foiling and die-cutting. Our dies are made by our experts. They work from the images supplied via your print-ready PDF, to create exactly what you need. Once a die has been made, we will store it for you and it can be used again on repeat print runs, so you only pay for it once.

What is embossing?
This gives a raised effect on the paper or card through the use of a die, and can be used on its on, as a ‘blind’ emboss, or in combination with litho printing.

What is foiling?
Foiling is the application of a very thin sheet of metal (like the aluminum foil you use in your kitchen, but thinner) to paper, using a die and heat process. Foil can be shiny or matt, textured and coloured, and is a fantastic way to bring out details, add contrast and give a luxurious feel.

What is die-stamping?
Die stamping uses ink, but in conjunction with a die, so that the ink can be ‘built’ up to give a raised effect on the shape that’s been created, and can also be polished. It’s a specialist process offered by very few printers.

What is die-cutting?
This is a very flexible process that again uses a die to create shapes. These could be to make an overall shape (for example, a piece of point of sale material in the shape of a flower, or a bottle) or to cut shapes out of the paper body.