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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

  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 GSM?

This stands for ‘grams per square metre’ ie. the weight of the paper. So 120gsm is light and 350gsm paper is thick. Lighter paper is usually more affordable.

  What papers do you offer?

We only offer professional-grade papers that meet the high standards of our customers. Working with the UK's leading paper mills and distributors, we select the latest durable, high quality papers with the right environment credentials.

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

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