Paper Stocks & Printing Effects
for Old World, Vintage Packaging Style
Interested in making vintage packaging? We can help create your vintage looking title with some of our special paper stocks and effects, such as soft, matte paper that will make the packaging feel soft and look old. Or may we suggest using fiberboard, an unbleached, reclaimed paper for a built in brownish hue. Sepia tone is easily achieved on vellum paper. Scrapbook liners can be made with black or kraft paper. And don’t forget the foil and embossing printing effects- these are fairly old techniques.
Old-world craftsmanship provides solid chipboard packaging that you can wrap in leather or linen if you like. Alternately, you can create a paper stock jacket in fanciful designs. Avoid plastic if you want to go really vintage -use the stocks and tools they used.
Below are some of our favorite suggestions and ideas for you! Enjoy!
For a vintage look & feel, we recommend using a matte, uncoated paper stock. Uncoated paper is soft to the touch, and absorbs quite a bit of ink. The result is soft, matte, and old worldy.
Overlay a sheet or vellum for a semi-transparent parchment paper look. It can also be printed for a sepia tone look. As a bonus, it can also be used as tracing paper!
Fiberboard is made from pulp paper that is normally discarded. It is reclaimed and used to make packaging. The paper stock is unbleached and fibrous, making it a fun media for vintage!
Another recommendation – use a lining paper for an inner wrap on albums or books, or swinging or glued on sleeve. Inner wraps such as black uncoated or kraft paper (tan color) create a scrapbook type of feel.
Another idea is to use old world foil stamping to replicate vintage looks. Gold, Silver, and Bronze work especially well for these looks.
Embossing is raised relief, and debossed is indented print. Either effect provides a very tactile element to packaging.
We can wrap any rigid packaging with a classic leather or linen material. The leather is vegan, man made material and does well with foil stamping. The linen is specially sourced to match the color you want, and does well with a 1C silkscreen.
Hardcover Books & Rigid Boxes are made with chipboard core, and an old world technique (book binding) is used to create the packaging and apply the outside wrap. The result is a product that could have been made a hundred years ago, or more.
Old World Hardcover Book Binding
With a custom die cut, you can create packaging in any shape you want, or use cut outs to showcase specific elements!
Doing a vinyl title? Check out www.vinyl-packaging.com