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CHRISTMAS PROJECT - Artwork GUIDELINES

Bold and bright designs that fill the paper produce the best effect. Large areas of white background are less effective.

 GET THE BEST RESULTS 

 Good RESULTS 

  • Pastels (chalk or oil)

  • Paints (all techniques and media)

  • Collage (including paper and fabric - ensure these are stuck well)

  • Felt Tips

  • Line drawings in ink

  • Inks

  • Printing

  • Charcoal

  • Glitter

  • Coloured pencils or pencil drawings

  • Same coloured media or material on the same coloured background

  • Pencils or coloured pencils onto coloured paper

  • Metallic pens & paint

  • Photos printed on glossy paper

  • Reflective or shiny papers or materials

  • Sellotape or transparent film

 DO NOT USE 

Complete artwork on A4 or A5 sized paper or card. The artwork can be either landscape or portrait.

Please attach one piece of artwork to each form with a glue stick! Don't use staples, paperclips and sellotape as this will show on the card!

Try to keep designs unfolded and damage free as creases and marks will show on the final print.

Please circle the tree on the order form which points to the top of the artwork so we print it correctly.

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Christmas Santa Artowork Pupil Class Work Play
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Keep important details such as text, border designs and/or important features at least 1cm away from the edge of the paper. 

Text on the designs will shrink when resized for printing onto small products ensure all wording is big & bold.

We cut the finished cards a couple of mm in from the edge so as to avoid white lines on the cards and we hate trimming off important details!

Please note anything extending beyond the A4 or A5 sheet will not appear on the finished card at all.

Struggling for Artwork ideas?

TIPS TO AVOID DISAPPOINTING RESULTS

Things close to the edge:

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Happy Christmas Tree Artwork
Happy Christmas Tree Artwork

  Problem:  

Important elements of the design close to the edge of the paper in production of the card are trimmed off.

  Solution:  

Keep important features at least 1cm away from the edge of your A4/A5 design if you would prefer artwork printed without a border. We do our best to spot anything close to the edge and we will border with a white border to stop any important detail getting trimmed off.

Same coloured media on same coloured background:

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  Problem:  

Same coloured media, such as cottonwool or white paint on white paper, may be clear on the artwork, but when the design is put through the artwork process it  appears lighter and flatter. There is not enough contrast with the background to work well.

  Solution:  

Try to create as much contrast between the design/artwork and the background paper as possible. Cotton wool on white paper blends into the background; Try the cotton wool design onto coloured paper/material this works really well.

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Lightly pressed colour pencils or graphite pencil

(white & coloured backgrounds):

  Problem:  

Coloured Pencils give variable results and If the artwork is faint on the paper it will not show on the printed card. 


Onto Coloured Paper:
Colour and graphite pencils and some Biro pens do not print well on any brightly coloured papers such as Blue, Green, Red and Black. The contrast between the drawing and the background isn’t great enough and the printer will convert to nearest colour.

  Solution:  

To get a better result on coloured background: use a thicker black felt tip pen on the coloured background and this will print better.
Coloured Pencils and Graphite pencils need to be firmly applied onto white paper. 

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Reflective or shiny paper or materials:

  Problem:  

Reproduction techniques cause the colour to change due to reflection.

  Solution:  

To get a better result use different coloured matt paper or materials like sugar paper and tissue paper.

Sellotape or transparent film:

  Problem:  

Reproduction techniques cause the colour to change due to reflection.

  Solution:  

Try not to use use sellotape, and  transparent film over your artwork as it produces unwanted reflection and spoils the look of the artwork! We try to catch things, but we cannot remove sellotape or it may ruin the artwork; if you don’t want these on the card please take them off before they come to us. 

  Problem:  

Our artwork process causes Metallic paints to change colour due to reflection and reproduction techniques. Silver metallic pens disappear on white paper.

  Solution:  

Try to stick to non-metallic pens because the metallic effect doesn’t reproduce when printed. If you are going to use silver/gold/metallic pens try to use on black paper – and expect the colours to be printed lighter than on the original due to the reflection (silver often comes out white).

Silver pen on white:

Photos on glossy photo paper:

  Problem:  

Reproduction techniques cause the light to bounce off reflective paper.

  Solution:  

Try not to use glossy photo papers. Try to use a Matt finish paper so no reflection occurs.

Please stick things down firmly so pieces don't drop off (usually googly eyes!) 

Keep work flat so that designs don't get folded or creased.


Please take a look at our gallery for some great ideas of artwork that have printed really well in previous years and produced the best results.

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 DON'T FORGET 

CHRISTMAS PROJECT - Artwork GUIDELINES

Bold and bright designs that fill the paper produce the best effect. Large areas of white background are less effective.

 GET THE BEST RESULTS 

 Good RESULTS 

  • Pastels (chalk or oil)

  • Paints (all techniques and media)

  • Collage (including paper and fabric - ensure these are stuck well)

  • Felt Tips

  • Line drawings in ink

  • Inks

  • Printing

  • Charcoal

  • Glitter

  • Coloured pencils or pencil drawings

  • Same coloured media or material on the same coloured background

  • Pencils or coloured pencils onto coloured paper

  • Metallic pens & paint

  • Photos printed on glossy paper

  • Reflective/shiny papers or materials

  • Sellotape or transparent film

 DO NOT USE 

COMPLETING YOUR ARTWORK FORM:

Complete artwork on A4 or A5 sized paper or card. The artwork can be either landscape or portrait.

Please attach one piece of artwork per form.

Fasten your artwork to the form with a glue stick - Do not use staples, paperclips or tape as these will appear on your final product!

Try to keep designs unfolded and damage free as creases and marks will show on the final print.

Edges of finished cards are trimmed by a couple of mm, so keep important details such as text, border designs and important features at least 1cm away from the edge of the paper. We hate trimming off important details!
Text on the designs will shrink when resized for printing onto small products, so ensure all wording is big & bold.
Please note anything extending beyond the A4 or A5 sheet will not appear on the finished card at all.

KEEP IMPORTANT CONTENT AWAY FROM THE EDGEs

TIPS TO AVOID DISAPPOINTING RESULTS

avoid faint pencils

AVOID REFLECTIVE MATERIALS

Coloured pencils give variable results, depending on what artwork has been made and what colour the background is.

Many pencils and some pens do not print well on brightly coloured backgrounds. If the contrast between the drawing and the background isn’t great enough the printer will convert to the nearest colour.

To enhance your results you could:

  • Use thick, bright pens on coloured backgrounds.

  • Apply pencils firmly to the paper to make them as bright as possible.

Beware of reflective surfaces such as:

  • Glossy Photo Paper

  • Shiny / Reflective Card

  • Sellotape or Transparent Film

  • Metallic Ink / Paint

These are susceptible to colour change during the artwork process, so can appear much lighter due to reflections.

To get better results, you could:

  • Print photos on matt finish paper to reduce reflections

  • Use alternatives to reflective card such as sugar paper or tissue.

  • Avoid placing clear tape over important parts of artwork.

  • Only use metallic inks on dark backgrounds.

Cards are trimmed 2-4mm, so if any important design elements are near the edge, they will get cut off in production.​

White borders may be added to your artwork to prevent this.

Keep important details, particularly text, at least 1cm from the edge to guarantee it does not get trimmed off.

Make your artwork stand out!

Using media the same colour as the background - such as white paint on white paper may be clear on the artwork but when printed it can appear lighter and flatter.


The same issue occurs when placing cotton wool on white backgrounds.

Very light, cream backgrounds can sometimes print white.

How to help get the best results:

  • Create contrast between the artwork and the background.

  • If using cotton wool in your design, put it on a coloured background so it really stands out.

  • Use bright coloured media, opt for pens or paint instead of faint pencils.

 DON'T FORGET! 

Please stick things down firmly so pieces don't drop off (usually googly eyes!) 

Keep work flat so that designs don't get folded or creased.


Please take a look at our gallery for some great ideas of artwork that have printed really well in previous years and produced the best results.

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