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.
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?
We’ve created a range of different sample pack options, so whether you’re interested in the papers, finishes, sizes or just someone looking to get a feel for our general product range, you can experience it firsthand.
You can request a standard sample pack from us by selecting it on the dropdown menu on the 'Contact us' page. These packs contain all our most popular, tried and loved stocks: silk, gloss, uncoated, Trucard, recycled and white gloss self-adhesives.
Wedding sample packs contain our eight speciality papers (only available with our luxury or wedding products) and favourites like silk and silver self-adhesives. You can request one of these by visiting the wedding stationers’ hub.
You’ll find photography sample packs on our photography help page. These contain an array of superior quality photographic papers and canvas (only available on our photography products) from industry professionals like Hahnemühle, Innova, Kodak and Epson.
We don’t have sample packs for our large format range or bound documents, but if you have any questions, get in touch—we'll be happy to help!
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.
You can find out more about our different paper stocks on our Paper Information page!
What weight are your envelopes?
The paper we use for our envelopes weighs between 90–125gsm, depending on the type of envelope you choose. Just to give you an idea of thickness, standard home printer paper is 80gsm, so your envelope will feel slightly thicker than this.
You can view all the 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.
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:
Luxury greeting cards
Folded Wedding Invitations
Save The Date Cards
Thank You Cards
Folded Thank You Cards
You can also buy envelopes separately here.
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 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.