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Can anyone recommend a good postcard stock, for a traditional postcard pack?

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by delalama, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. delalama

    delalama New Member

    Hi All,

    I need to tap into an alternative source of knowledge...

    Can anyone suggest a thick, bright white stock to use for a traditional postcard pack?
    I am trying to source a stock which is coated one side (for an image) and uncoated the other side (to allow for writing with a pen etc).

    The stock would need to be as thick as possible, and bright white to allow the images to really punch up.

    We have already experiment with the below stocks, and have found the following problems:
    • Trucard 400gsm – too yellow and dulls down the image side.
    • HB Carolina board 400gsm – it has a slightly mottled effect on the uncoated side, and is more towards grey than a bright white, so images not punched up.
    •Astralux – nice stock, but too expensive, and not suitable if a matt laminate finish is required.

    Duplexing and really expensive paper stocks will not be possible due to budget, (and possible warping effects from duplexing).

    Also not looking for an existing high gloss, like Chromolux, as and we need to laminate the image side anyway, in order to protect from scratching.
    (Also need to keep the option of matt laminating open, so high gloss stock not ideal)

    Thank you for any suggestions!

    Happy to make this a rolling thread for any new suggestions in months to come.

    Oh, and I've checked the Robert Horne Box and Carton book, but most are either discontinued, or need to be purchased by the tonne, so not good for my requirements.

    Michael
     

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