(Closed) Printing on eggplant cardstock

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Graphic designer here: almost all printing is done using combinations of the colours Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (aka CMYK) – both on your at-home printer and at a printing house. None of those colours (or combinations thereof) would result in light coloured ink on dark paper.

So, you are left with spot colours (usually Pantone), which need to be done at a professional printing house in off-set format (i.e. not digital). This can cost some serious $$$ unless you have economies of scale (i.e. a whackload of printing to do) to balance the fixed and variable costs.

If you are totally set on this eggplant cardstock, I recommend finding somewhere that frequently uses a particular spot colour (e.g. silver or gold) and already has certain machines set up and designated for that task (which reduces the cost significantly). Try Clubcard.ca (they cater to American clients as well) and I know they do low cost metallic spot printing. I’m not sure if they allow you to provide your own paper – obviously they would need to have a physical location in your area for that to be possible.

Really you are MUCH better off having something designed on white cardstock with the eggplant background printed onto the paper. It might not be the perfect colour, but I tend to leave the Pantone colour matching to big corporations who have the money and distribution for it to make sense 😉 

It’s also quite possible that there is an option I am missing – feel free to do a some google searching! I hate when know-it-all types make me feel like they have exhausted every option, only to find out there is something else out there.

Post # 5
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150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Another option would be to use the eggplant card stock as a border, with a light-coloured cardstock mounted overtop for any printing needs.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

@DecoMeOut:  this

I had a similar issue with navy blue card stock and printed on a metallic silver paper and lt. blue carstock in navy ink and glued it together.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@DecoMeOut:  I agree with everything here. The ONLY think I can think of which is economically reasonable is RISO screen printing onto the card stock. For me to do that, it’d only cost about $30 for the RISO screen + ink (already have frame and squeegee). But it takes a LONG time – especially if you’re not used to doing printing manually

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