Printed Cardboard Envelopes
For over 20 years Envoprint have been litho-printing onto cardboard envelopes, also known as all-board envelopes or printed ‘Capacity Book Mailers’.
Brown and white allboard envelopes are notoriously difficult to litho print due to their rigidity. Also there is a glossy coating on the white ones that prevents the ink from drying quickly. Early in 2017 Envoprint successfully pioneered printing onto coated white cardboard envelopes, so you can now have highest quality litho print on either style!
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What are Printed Cardboard Envelopes?
The term ‘printed cardboard envelope’ usually refers to a printed envelope constructed of paper (card) at least 300gsm in weight, which typically means that it is at least 400 microns thick (0.4mm thick or thicker). The 2 main styles are as follows:
White ‘all board’ envelopes
White all-board envelopes have a coated bright-white exterior with a slightly egg-shell sheen. They have a grey card interior and often have a perforated tear-off strip or ‘rip-strip’ for easy opening. Typically 350gsm (grams per square metre) in weight, which equates to roughly 500 micron in thickness. They have a Peel & Seal closure on the flap, the flap is usually but not always on the shorter edge. Allboard white cardboard envelopes sometimes have creases near the edges to allow them to expand out into a box when a thick item is inserted, these are known as capacity all-board envelopes. Being white and having a coated exterior, these are ideal for high-quality full-colour printing, but we can also produce 1 and 2 colour printed cardboard envelopes for the best prices. The cardboard used for these is actually made from recycled fibres pressed together to form a thick strong rigid card material, sometimes known as ‘greyboard’ or ‘chip-board’ – perfect for items that must not be bent. The thickness of the card also has a high degree of impact resistance, and combined with our unique quality print to the exterior, printed allboard envelopes give you a great combination of protection and presentation.
There is also a grey uncoated alternative to the above, this is essentially the same item but without the bright white coated exterior – great for a natural eco-friendly look (even though the white ones are 100% recycled), or maybe just for those of you who want something more subtle or just that bit different…
Brown ‘all board’ envelopes
Also commonly known as ‘book mailers’, brown all-board envelopes are constructed of ‘kraft’ or ‘manilla’ brown cardboard. Typically 300gsm or 350gsm in weight, this equates to around 400 or 500 microns thick. Again these usually have a peel & seal strip, and can have an option tear-open rip strip for easy opening. For some reason it is most common to have the flap on the longer edge for brown book-mailer cardboard envelopes, but the flap can be on the short edge if you wish. We can also manufacture these with capacity creases near the edges, this style of brown cardboard envelope is often known as ‘capacity book mailers’. Whilst these can be printed CMYK (full colour), as the colours don’t show up correctly on the brown background, it is more normal to print them in strong colours only, black, red, and dark blue all show up well, as does metallic silver and gold inks which are totally opaque. These are slightly more flexible than their white counterparts; however they are still reasonably rigid and certainly offer a high degree of protection.
Bespoke-Made Cardboard Envelopes
n addition to bespoke-printing and branding onto ready-made standard sized cardboard envelopes, we can also manufacture custom sized bespoke-made allboard envelopes, using both white and brown cardboard.
Bespoke-made printed cardboard envelopes can be sized to fit the exact dimensions you require. A wide range of further customisation is possible, for example we can produce them with or without a tear-open ‘rippa’, and can position this in any location you wish, not just on the flap. You can have a capacity crease or gusset to a special size to fit, protect, and present your item in the best possible way. If you want them to be re-usable, simply ask us for a tuck-flap closure rather than a peel & seal strip closure.
Both our brown and our white printed cardboard envelopes are made from 100% recycled material.