envelopes: a great place for extra color
For the most part, the envelopes you see on our website are shown in various shades of white or cream. Please don’t let this fool you though – we gladly offer colored envelopes as well. We have several favorite manufacturers that we like to use, so please let us know if there is a color you are interested in and we will let you know what is available. Typically when working with a client, we will send them samples of the color they are looking for. This enables them to see their color options as well as feel the paper. If requested, we will custom mix the ink so that it matches the selected envelopes.
Here are a few things to keep in mind if interested in using colored envelopes:
- Currently we only offer letterpress printing. Letterpress is well-suited to printing dark colors on light paper. However, dark paper colors can have the tendency to show through the printed ink a little bit. We can still print a light color on dark paper, but keep in mind that letterpress printing white ink onto dark paper may not produce as crisp of a white as other printing methods.
- The US Postal Service prefers the use of white or pastel colored envelopes. Using a dark ink on light paper insures optimum contrast which is ideal for use with their optical readers/scanners. Basically, sticking to lighter colors makes their jobs a little easier.
- Consider using labels to dress up your dark envelopes. Labels don’t have to be boring or ugly – we can design and print them for you so that they will coordinate with the rest of your stationery.
- Some envelope manufacturers offer different flap designs. You may or may not have a choice with a particular color, but we will certainly let you know what the options are.
Need more information on available envelopes or recommended ink colors? Please don’t hesitate to ask!
What you see: butterfly reply card in pearl white cotton paper, chocolate and lilac ink, lilac envelope