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Burdened by the plethora of choices for your project? Our paper recommendations, die resources, and process visuals will surely help you navigate the bevy of possibilities.

Available Dies

Your piece can be nearly any size or shape you want it to be. If it has straight sides we’ll trim it on our cutter, but if you want round corners or a custom shape, we’ll use a steel-rule die. Some shapes and sizes are standard enough that we keep dies on hand for general use, saving you the cost of having a new one made. PDFs of these are available here for your convenience.

Papers

Whatever your project requires, Evolution Press has a huge library of papers available. Tree-free (cotton or sugarcane/hemp), post-consumer-waste recycled, responsibly harvested, heavy, duplexed, textured, and smooth – just to name a few.

Scroll over our samples to meet few of our regulars and learn about their unique properties.

Reich Mohawk Neenah Crane

Paper Samples

Savoy I

Company_Reich Weight_118# & 236# Color_Natural White

With a luxurious fine texture makes it ideal for offset printing as well as letterpress, foil, embossing and debossing, engraving, and diecutting. Additionally, it folds beautifully, making it the ideal choice for a holiday card or folded invitation. It is available in 80# text and cover weights from 90#–236#, and a very large selection of social, announcement, square, and business envelopes.

Savoy II

Company_Reich Weight_118# & 236# Color_Brilliant White

With a luxurious fine texture makes it ideal for offset printing as well as letterpress, foil, embossing and debossing, engraving, and diecutting. Additionally, it folds beautifully, making it the ideal choice for a holiday card or folded invitation. It is available in 80# text and cover weights from 90#–236#, and a very large selection of social, announcement, square, and business envelopes.

Eames Painting Vellum

Company_Neenah Weight_120# Color_Solar White

For several years our main tree-fiber paper stock, Eames Painting vellum 80# text and 120# cover are incredibly versatile. Suitable for all of our print processes, it is a premium sheet that is also very affordable: ideal for business cards, stationery, and invitations. A limited number of business and social envelopes are also available in this line.

Crane's Lettra I

Company_Neenah Weight_110# & 220# Color_Flourescent White

The gold standard, Lettra cover and text is 100% cotton and designed for letterpress printing. It is available in 80# text and several cover weights from 90#–220#, as well as a wide variety of social and announcement envelopes with square or pointed flaps and #10 envelopes with square side or end flaps. Recommended for letterpress, foil, embossing and debossing, engraving, and diecutting: this is the classic invitation paper. Can be offset printed as well.

Crane's Lettra II

Company_Neenah Weight_110# & 220# Color_Pearl White

The gold standard, Lettra cover and text is 100% cotton and designed for letterpress printing. It is available in 80# text and several cover weights from 90#–220#, as well as a wide variety of social and announcement envelopes with square or pointed flaps and #10 envelopes with square side or end flaps. Recommended for letterpress, foil, embossing and debossing, engraving, and diecutting: this is the classic invitation paper. Can be offset printed as well.

Classic Crest

Company_Neenah Weight_130# & 165# Color_Solar White

For a long time Crane’s Crest has been a go-to stationery sheet. Its kid finish and 100% cotton content give it the feeling of quality and luxury. Available in 70# and 80# text, with business and social envelopes, it pairs well with Crane Cover, which comes in weights from 90#–268#. Recommended for letterpress, offset, foil, embossing and debossing, engraving, and diecutting. 179# Crane Cover is our most popular stock for business cards.

Superfine Eggshell

Company_Mohawk Weight_100# Color_Ultra White

For decades Superfine smooth and eggshell have been among the most popular stocks for book publishing: text in either finish is perfect for long-lasting volumes that exude quality. We particularly love it for stationery. Also available in cover weights, it is recommended for cards with embossing or foil elements as well as any other print processes.

Specialty: Odeon I

Company_Reich Weight_130# Color_Pink

When your project calls for something unique, unexpected, or just a little unusual, we may recommend using a specialty paper stock to complement your artwork. Whether you are looking for something vibrantly colorful, something textured, or maybe something metallic, we have suggestions drawn from smaller and edgier mills like French Paper, Gruppo Cordenons, Curious, or Basis Paper, or from the more design-oriented lines offered by Mohawk and Neenah.

Specialty: Odeon II

Company_Reich Weight_130# Color_Silver

When your project calls for something unique, unexpected, or just a little unusual, we may recommend using a specialty paper stock to complement your artwork. Whether you are looking for something vibrantly colorful, something textured, or maybe something metallic, we have suggestions drawn from smaller and edgier mills like French Paper, Gruppo Cordenons, Curious, or Basis Paper, or from the more design-oriented lines offered by Mohawk and Neenah.

* Paper color may be brighter then shown, images optimized to show depth and tooth of paper.

Inks

Ink choice is as important as the paper it’s printed on. One color may contain more or less extender than another. Combined with a specific paper choice and image size, the amount of extender can greatly affect the final outcome of your project.

We mix all our soy-based inks on site using the Pantone color system. So if you require a custom match, no problem. We're happy to provide custom colors and drawdowns to ensure the perfect match. And if you're printing heavy coverage on an uncoated sheet to reduce scuffing, you should definitely talk to us about our in-line silicone sealer.

Our Ink Waste Program

Our commitment to the environment is reflected in our ink recycling program. Due to contamination from additives, excess ink cannot be reused and therefore oftentimes ends up in landfill. All of our waste ink is stored on site and re-used through Safety-Kleen’s EPA-compliant fuel burning program.

More About Soy-Based Inks

Made from actual soy beans, soy inks have low VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. Another benefit of soy (vs petroleum inks) is that its oil is much cleaner – resulting in stronger, more vibrant colors.

Foil

In addition to providing metallic shine or holographic shimmer to your projects, foil is a great way to lay down color over a solid-colored sheet. Like everything in printing, the options are endless. That's why we've put together a few examples to get you started below. Once you have an idea of what you're looking for, schedule an appointment with us to review the foil book and to talk about the nuances of your job.

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Stamped Examples

Blue on White

Black on kraft

Black on White

Green on kraft

White on Purple

Orange on White

Copper on White

Green on White

White on Black

Light Blue on White

Black on Black

Gold on White

Matte Silver on Black

Plates

From your submitted artwork we create printing plates, which are locked up or mounted on press. The material used to fabricate your plate depends on the printing method:

Photopolymer

We use photopolymer dies for letterpress and debossing.

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Copper

We use copper dies for embossing, debossing, foiling, and engraving.

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Magnesium

We use magnesium dies for letterpress and embossing.

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Aluminum

We use aluminum plates exclusively for offset runs.

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