Ibrow media ltd printed almost two million greetings cards last year and we hope to increase this significantly over the next 12 months.
The emphasis is always on quality in this very demanding market and we are proud to supply, what we consider to be, the country's leading watercolour artists with a service that is second to none.
We welcome enquiries from artists who are taking steps towards producing a range of cards and related products - please read our FAQs below and you'll gain some insight into how to save money on your printing and supply artwork in a press-ready format.
These really are frequently asked questions to which we've given very broad answers - things can change depending on litho or digital printing and any costs mentioned are purely for general guidance.
Q. How much will it cost to get me greetings cards printed?
A. It depends on the length of the print run. A run of 80,000 cards could bring the price per card down to 5p each per card. A run of 500 cards are likely to cost somewhere between 20p and 50p each. All prices depend on card, finish and colours as well as the paper / board market which is very volatile at the moment.
Q. What's the minimum quantity I can have printed
A. Sensibly the answer is around 50 per design - if you go below that figure the price per card will prbably start to exceed what you can sell them unless you are just using them as samples of course.
Q. I've scanned my watercolour artwork on my dektop scanner at home - is that OK?
A. No. Generally speaking the quality will not be high enough - it may look OK on screen but dektop scanners cannot capture the detail and colour depth of 'high-end' scanners. Our high quality scanning service starts at around £24+VAT for a scan from A4 artwork.
Q. I've put my artwork together in Word - is that OK?
A. No. Word is a desktop publishing programme and outputs images at 96DPI - not high enough quality for print.
Q. What's the difference between litho and digital printing?
A. Litho printing is generally suitable for runs of over 500 cards whilst digital printing is more economical for shorter runs. There is no discernable difference on quality.
Q. How can I supply my artwork to you?
A. The best way is in press-ready PDF or Jpg format. If you are just supplying the image for the front cover of your card or we are scanning the artwork for your card we will also make a charge for artworking - that is bringing together the image for the cover of your card with graphics for the back and / or the inside. Those graphics could include your logo, address, telephone number, barcode, reference number etc.
Q. What weight of board / paper do you print on?
A. Our standard board is around 285gsm with a silk finish - textured finishes are available as are heavier weights but bear in mind this will increase the price.
More FAQs coming soon!
Emma produces a huge range of greetings cards that are available for sale in retail outlets throughout the UK.
Also look out for Emma's range of writing packs and note books which are proving to be very popular. Emma is always looking for different ways to display her work so look out for wrapping paper and gift tags which will be coming soon.
Alex Clark works in her studio/gallery in Weardale, England surrounded by the picturesque and dramatic landscape that inspires her.
After receiving a degree with honours in the Biology of Plants and Animals at Newcastle University in 1996, Alex began producing limited edition prints of her work and exhibits at galleries throughout the UK.
She has a very successful range of greetings cards which are supplied to outlets through attending tradeshows and exports worldwide.