Sprinkle Some Shimmer With Metallic Postcard Printing
When standard postcard printing just won’t do, it’s time to go metallic. Metallic postcard printing highlights special elements on your postcard that you want everyone to see.
Get your business noticed by printing metallic postcards with colorful designs. This is perfect for butterfly farms, beauty salons, makeup artists, and any business with a creative flair.
Our metallic postcard printing:
- Features a thick and sturdy 16 pt. cardstock that lasts longer.
- Comes in different sizes for many uses.
- Can have one or both sides printed.
- Has a spot UV option to boost the shine
- Allows for rounded corners that make your postcards stand out even more
Shed Light on Metallic Printing
Metallic ink printing is a pretty simple process. First, silver ink is applied to paper. After this coat, CMYK ink is then printed on top of it to show your design. The result is a shiny finish that looks like metal but can come in any color.
Sparkle in Every Color
Gold, silver, and bronze. These metallic neutrals evoke elegance and a more expensive feel. Use them for wedding invitations, special announcements, VIP events, or for fine dining restaurants and hotels.
Colored Metallics. Get creative with your postcard design and add color to it. Colorful metallic postcard printing shines bright especially when light hits it. Use it for fun, celebratory events such as holidays, birthdays, parties, and ribbon-cuttings.
A Size for Every Purpose
Not all postcard sizes are created equal. Know what size is best for you with this cheat sheet, and save on time and money:
- 4” x 6” postcard size is the standard and the most cost-effective choice. Use this when you need to send out bulk announcements on a store opening or new product launch.
- 4.25” x 6” size is a little bit larger than the standard meaning there is more space to add visual heavy artwork.
- 5” x 7” postcards can be used to send out sales promotions and discount coupons. It’s big enough to get noticed, but still handy to carry around.
- 5.5” x 8.5” sized postcards enjoy the best of both worlds with its ample space and affordability.
- 6” x 9” postcards are still easy to hand out and keep even with its noticeably larger size.
- 6” x 11” is the largest postcard size that can be mailed. This will surely stand out in any environment.
Turn Up the Sheen
Not satisfied with your metallic sheen? Add more sparkle by adding another coating. Here’s the lowdown on the coatings we offer for metallic postcard printing:
Metallic postcards are printed on 16 pt. cardstock that is already coated with a gloss finish. This coating offers the right level of shine to show off your metallic artwork and doesn’t compete with the important elements of your design.
This high gloss finish is extra shiny and makes every color pop even from far away. The spot UV coating also adds a textural experience when you touch it.
When can I get my postcards?
Your postcard’s arrival depends on the printing and shipping options you choose. “Turnaround time” is the number of days required to produce your order, excluding holidays and weekends. “Shipping time” is the transit time you selected, which starts after the printing turnaround time.
Does my postcard order qualify for First Class Mailing rates?
If your postcard is rectangular and at least 3.5” x 5” but no more than 4.25” x 6”, then it qualifies for First Class mail postcard pricing. Any size beyond those dimensions will be considered a letter and will be charged accordingly.
What is a free file proof?
This is a service we offer that ensures your artwork is error-free before it goes to print. Our highly-skilled prepress team checks your design to see if it meets printing standards. If you are have a tight deadline, in a rush, or have specific design concerns, this service is highly recommended.
Metallic Printing File Preparation Guidelines
What should I keep in mind while creating the metallic design?
Use these design guidelines to create an effective metallic design:
- Font size should be above 12 points.
- Use Sans Serif fonts for readability.
- The metallic shine is most evident in lighter colors. It will be less obvious in darker colors.
- The mask and CMYK design file should match one another. Make sure each layer’s respective elements align with the other version of the design.
How should I prepare my file for metallic printing?
You need to submit a file with two layers. For metallic printing orders: the standard CMYK layer and the silver foil mask layer.
The mask layer should show where the metallic printing will be applied. Mark the metallic area with 100% K or black and then render the non-metallic parts in white.
For example, the images below show that the logo in black will be metallic, while the white background is the non-metallic section.
Spot UV File Preparation Guidelines
What are the best design practices for spot UV printing?
- Limit the text’s font size to a minimum of 7 or 8 points.
- Border and stroke should be above 1.5 points.
- Place a 1/16” gap between spot UV and metallic or foil printing areas. The spot UV areas cannot overlap with the metallic or foil printing sections.
How should I prepare my file for spot UV printing?
Your regular color file should come with a spot UV template layer that shows where to apply the spot UV printing.
Apply 100% K to the section that will have spot UV.
Color all other areas without spot UV as white.