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  What is ‘encapsulation’?

Encapsulation is what most people think of when they hear the word ‘lamination’; it is a thick, glossy layer of plastic which covers a document on both sides, often extending out beyond the edges for ultimate protection. This is not to be confused with lamination, which is a thinner, more subtle method of document protection.

Encapsulation

  Do you have any suggested retail prices for my products?

Here at printed.com we sell everything at trade prices so that you can add your own mark-up. What price you sell your stuff for is really up to you, but we would recommend a 30% mark-up for both large format and small format products.

  Where can I get a sample pack?

If you'd like to take a look at some of our paper stocks and products before you make an order, no problem! You can request a sample pack from us by selecting it on the dropdown menu on the 'Contact us' page or by filling out the forms on any of our product pages.

Inside our standard sample pack, you'll receive:

Sample pack

Luxury paper sample packs are available on special request.

  Are any of your paper stocks waterproof?

Yes! For small format printing, you can create waterproof stickers and labels using our polyester or silver gloss label papers. Our antique white laid label paper is not waterproof but has a high water resistance.

For waterproof large format printing, select from outdoor posters, banners and self-adhesive vinyl which all come on water resistant substrates as standard.

You can find out more about our different paper stocks on our Paper Information page!

  What weight are your envelopes?

All our envelopes are a standard 100gsm— perfect for posting!

You can find out more about our different envelopes and paper stocks on our Paper Information page!

  Do the envelopes come in different colours?

Our envelopes come in a range of sizes and are available in a large range of different colours and paper types.

Our luxury products, Wedding Collection and invitations are available with 11 different envelope styles: white, white Laid, Tintoretto Gesso, Acquerello, Nettuno, Kraft, Sirio Pearl Polar, Sirio Pearl Oyster, Sirio Pearl Platinum, gold and silver. 

Postcards and greeting cards are available with the following envelope colours and styles: white, red, black, silver, gold and in white or ivory laid paper or cream pearl shimmer paper. 

You can find out more about our different envelopes and paper stocks on our Paper Information page.

  Do any of your products come with envelopes?

Yes, you have the option to purchase envelopes with the following products:

Postcards
Greeting cards
Luxury postcards
Luxury greeting cards
Invitations
Folded invitations
Wedding Invitations
Folded Wedding Invitations
RSVP Cards
Save The Date Cards
Thank You Cards
Folded Thank You Cards

  What is the best way to print on silver sticker paper?

Printing designs onto silver gloss sticker paper is easy, the only thing you’ll need to bear in mind is that white designs will appear silver on finished print. This is because what appears as white on standard paper is just the absence of ink- so even though you may have selected a white-based design from our gallery, if you choose silver sticker paper, the white sections of your design will be silver.

Colours that are printed on silver paper will have a beautiful, understated, metallic tint to them, and text will appear defined and readable.

  What is ‘Gesso’?

Tintoresso Gesso is a type of textured, luxury paper which we stock here at printed.com. This paper was handpicked by our team of print industry experts at the special request of our own customers and is ideal for when your print needs a little something extra. It has a fine, dimpled, ‘hammered’ effect across its surface and gives a classical softness to designs.

  What is lamination?

Not to be confused with the thick plastic-coating you get with encapsulation, lamination is the term used to describe the fine plastic coating across the surface of a document to give scratch-proof, resilient protection. We offer two types of lamination here at printed.com; matt and gloss.

If you want a colourful, vibrant, shiny finish to your print, gloss lamination is a great choice. For a low surface shine and a dense, velvety finish, matt lamination is a better selection.

When laminating, you can choose to cover one or both sides (referred to as single or double-sided) depending on how much protection you want to give. Lamination options are available on many of our products to help them last longer and stay in better condition no matter what.

Encapsulation
Encapsulation is a complete, watertight-plastic coating for a really tough finish. Indoor posters can really benefit from encapsulation, as the whole poster will be covered in thicker, more durable plastic for a waterproof finish.

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