Printed Cardboard Envelopes
over 20 years Envoprint have been litho-printing onto cardboard
envelopes, also known as all-board envelopes or printed ‘Capacity Book
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
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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 allboard 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
500micron 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 allboard 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 allboard 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.
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