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Paper Introduction: Antalis—Arjowiggins—Curious Collection

A Complete Introduction to the Curious Collection creative paper from Arjowiggins of Antalis. (中文译为:康戴里—星域系列)

In Shanghai DE Printed Box, we use the curious collection creative paper to make the luxury rigid boxes as per the request of our clients.

Antalis Introduction

Antalis is a world leading distributor of paper, packaging solutions and visual communication products for professionals.

Arjowiggins Introduction

Arjowiggins is a world famous manufacturer of creative and technical paper. Arjowiggins has operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. Arjowiggins Merchanting became Antalis in 2000.

Arjowiggins manufactures high added-value papers in three business segments:

Graphic and specialty papers: coated and uncoated papers, recycled papers, recycled pulp, specialty papers for niche markets (playing cards, transfer paper, tissue) and for the medical and hospital sector (sterilised packaging for needles, compresses, operating theatres, etc.)
Creative paper: papers for corporate communication and promotion, luxury packaging, bookbinding, papers dedicated to specialty applications, papers for secure payment solutions and official documents, paper for printed electronics
Security: banknote paper, secure paper (meal vouchers, …), brand and consumer protection solutions

Curious Collection Creative Paper Introduction

Curious Collection is the designer’s favourite brand, which has always been recognised as offering daring, unconventional and cutting edge papers. Constantly on the track of new creative approaches, Arjowiggins Creative Papers offers through this range incredible touches and new sensations. Curious Collection provides unique paper innovations and bring new
dimensions to your designs. Taking into consideration sustainable issues, the brand launched 100% recycled versions of the most popular colours.

Discover all the unique benefits of Curious Collection :

  • 52 fashion-led colours
  • Suitable for litho, screen printing, UV varnishing, embossing, foil blocking, thermography
  • Range of weights from 100gsm to 380gsm
  • 3 finishes with a surprising touch (Skin, Touch, Matter)
  • Manufactured using only ECF pulps
  • All FSC™ certified
  • All ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 accredited
  • Special productions available (minimum order 2 tons)
  • Print using fully oxidising inks (Touch requires UV inks)
  • Matching envelopes in selective colours

Explore the range of textures and colours and you’ll find a powerful combination to add value to any printed marketing communcation. This is a collection of modern colours and finishes from which you can choose the one best suited to your needs. Go all the way, liberate your creativity. The collection includes the Curious Skin, Curious Metallic, Curious Touch, Curious Matters, Curious Cosmetic and Curious Transluscent.

Curious Skin

Amazingly matt and vibrant colours.

  • Ultra-smooth feel.
  • Skin offers matt colours that are amazingly homogeneous with an ultra smooth feel. The very fashionable bold colours heighten the quality of your creations. Envelopes in unique size of 31 x 15.6cm.
  • 135 – 270 and 380gsm

Matt colours which are amazingly uniform and with an ultra smooth finish. If you need to portray a feeling of luxurious quality, this is the product for you.

Key Features

  • -Beautiful contemporary colours
  • – Ultra smooth feel
  • – Unrivalled matt finish
  • – FSC certified

What can it be used for?

Annual Reports, luxury rigid box, gift box, manuals, booklets, brochures, business stationery, calendars, certificates, diaries, direct mail, envelopes, flyers, gift bags, greetings cards, inserts, invitations, menus, notebooks/pads, posters, presentation stationery, promotional print, show cards, swing tags, tickets.
Relevant Techniques
Printing: Offset, Letterpress, Silkscreen.
Guarantees
ISO 9001
Permanent Paper ISO 9706
Additional Features
FSC Mixed Sources Certification
Environmental Information
FSC Certified
ISO14001 Environmental Certificate
Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF)
Fully Recyclable

Curious Metallics

 An intense magnetism

The range offers a wide spectrum of fashion-led colours, all with intense reflective metallics, thanks to the mineral pigments. 120 – 240 – 250 and 300gsm

This range of iridescent and metallics finishes will add visual impact to your printed material.

Key Features

  • – Fashion-led colours in metallic finish
  • – Easy to co-ordinate with the Curious Translucents range
  • – Excellent printability
  • – range of matching envelopes on selective shades
  • – FSC TM certified

What can it be used for?
Cardboard rigid box, gift box, manuals, booklets, brochures, business stationery, calendars, certificates, diaries, direct mail, envelopes, flyers, gift bags, greetings cards, inserts, invitations, menus, notebooks/pads, posters, presentation stationery, promotional print, show cards, swing tags, tickets.
Relevant Techniques
Offset Litho, Letterpress, Silkscreen & Digital Printing. Varnishing, film lamination, foil blocking, embossing, folding and die cutting.
Guarantees
Guaranteed for paper weights up to 120gsm,for pre-printing and subsequent printing with all desktop laser and inkjet machines, subject to manufactueres recommendations on grammage and use.
Additional Features
FSC TM Mixed Sources
Environmental Information
FSC Certified
ISO14001 Environmental Certificate
Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF)
Acid-free
Naturally Occurring Pigments
Adopted CHP Generation
Investment in reduced water use and effluent volume processes. All effluent plant residue is composted and used to improve soil conditions on farmland under a controlled process
Fully Recyclable

Curious Transluscents Color

Transparent bliss for creative games.

Classic clears, shimmering iridescence, sensuous patterns and hues of frosted glass. Ebbing and flowing in a waterfall of colours, the Translucents range satisfies the thirst of anyone seeking vivid or subtle transparent shades. Envelopes matching with paper in square size and selective colours.

> 100 – 112 and 200gsm

Translucents add interest and inspiration to high quality marketing communications through their range of finishes and colours. Use them in conjunction with Curious Metallics and the effect is even more spectacular.

These translucent papers offer a spectrum of colours and effects to inspire your creativity.

Key Features

– Wide choice of subtle to vivid shades
– All transparent, and easy to coordinate with the Curious Metallics range
– Excellent printability
– FSC certified

What can it be used for?
Cardboard gift box, rigid box, paper box, manuals, booklets, brochures, calendars, certificates, direct mail, envelopes, flyers, gift bags, greetings cards, inserts, invitations, menus, posters, presentation stationery, promotional print, show cards, swing tags, tickets.
Relevant Techniques
Printing: Offset, Silkscreen
Guarantees
ISO 9001
Permanent Paper ISO 9706
Additional Features
FSC Mixed Sources
Environmental Information
FSC Certified
ISO14001 Environmental Certificate
Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF)
Acid-free
Naturally Occurring Pigments
Adopted CHP Generation
Investment in reduced water use and effluent volume processes. All effluent plant residue is composted and used to improve soil conditions on farmland under a controlled process
Fully Recyclable

Curious Matter

Unique Look , Impressive Feel…

Let your hands experience curiosity.
Curious Matter is a new, patented paper that provides a tactile experience like no other. A unique and bewildering feel, like the impossible fusion of sand and silk. Its startling texture and richly matt, ultra-pigmented, homogenous surface are as surprising and revolutionary as the material from which it is made : potato starch. A very exciting finish!

> 125 – 135 – 270 and 380gsm

Curious Touch

A touch of sensuality

Its peach-like feel, Curious Touch Soft is a unique range which confers a sensual dimension to your communications, provoking astonishment when discovered. It leaves a strong tactile memory.

> 120 and 300gsm

This is the paper to use when you need that special feel or tactile quality. Creates a ‘buzz’ around any communication.

Key Features

– Unexpected peach-like feel on one side
– Provides excellent results with simple colour and finishing techniques
– FSC TM certified

What can it be used for?
Distinctive packaging, luxury paper box, rigid box, gift box, brochures, covers, press packs, announcement cards, invitations, gift bags, greetings cards, inserts, menus, presentation stationery, promotional print, show cards, swing tags, tickets.
Relevant Techniques
Printing: Offset, Silkscreen.

Curious Cosmetic

Simple to sophisticated print techniques enhance all artworks by playing with touch and visual feelings. A simple varnish evokes a hot foil block, a 4-colour print with traditional inks brings up metallics reflects… Playing with contrast has never made more sense.
Only available on request.

> 360gsm

Shanghai DE Printed Box supplies the printing service and luxury rigid paper boxes to the global clients by using the Arjowiggins Curious Collection papers as per the request of our clients. Your are welcome to write us an email to request a price quote of the box that you need. Email address: janewu@deprintedbox.com.

The Pretty Cosmetic Boxes Made by DE Printed Box

For the past ten years, we have been producing tens of thousands of pretty cosmetic boxes for the global cosmetic industry. The products include the lipstick boxes, eye brush boxes, face brush boxes, lip balm boxes and more. Below are some examples.

Lipstick Box

This lipstick box is printed inside out. It has the soft touch matte laminating outside. The logo is silver foil stamped. And the top lid is spot UV varnished.  There are many advantages for the soft touch film laminating outside. 1). It gives the box a velvet feeling, soft touch feel. 2). Also, it prevents the cracks on the folding line of the box. 3). It is rub resistant.

lipstick box

Lipstick Box — cosmetic packaging boxes

soft touch siver foil stamping matte black lipstick box cosmetic packaging

Straight Tuck End Box Style, Sivler Logo Hot Foil Stamping, Soft Touch, Matte Black

Eye Brush Box

The eye brush packaging box below is made of the luxury aluminium foil paperboard. On the front side of the box is the embossed logo which is spot UV varnished. The box style is STE box style too. As for the black color, we add 30% cyan to the pure black 100% which leads to the gorgeous black effect.

cosmetic paper box spot UV varnished embossed logo

Eye Brush Box — cosmetic packaging box

foil aluminium paperboard box

Eye Brush Box — Made of the aluminium foil paperboard

paper box embossed and spot uv varnished logo

Cosmetic Box— the logo is spot UV varnished and embossed.

Lip Balm Box

This is a straight tuck end lip balm packaging box with the tab on the top. On the front panle, it has the PET window to disply the lipbalm tube inside. The tube is placed within a clear PET blister. Many parts on the box is spot UV varnished to add the luxury feel. Also this cosmetic box is soft touch and printed inside and out.

cosmetic box with the clear pet window

Lip Balm Box — cosmetic box

spot uv varnished cosmetic box

Spot UV Varnished Cosmetic Box

spot uv varnished paper box

Side View of the Lip Balm Box

ste style cosmetic box with tab

STE Cosmetic Box with Tab

Mask Packaging Box

Below is a cosmetic paper box for the moisturizing and whitening mask packaging. The matte cream white box surface has the great soft touch feel.  As for the box style, it is a typical tuck top snap locked bottom box, also referred to TTSLB or TTSB. Besides, the big flower on the top right corner of the box is spot UV varnished, which makes the box looks fantastic. The thick UV varnish layer gives the flower an embossing effect, very eye-appealing.

tuck top snap bottom cosmetic paper box

Top View of the Cosmetic Packaging Box

Spot UV for the flower on the left top corner

Spot UV for the flower on the left top corner

 

Snap locked bottom

Snap locked bottom

Cosmetic Paper Box with Spot UV Varnishing for the Logo

Cosmetic Paper Box with Spot UV Varnishing for the Logo

When to Use the Plain Black Color?

Plain Black for the Small Text

plain black for small text and misregistration

How does misregistration happen

At Shanghai DE Printed Box, we recommend that all the small black texts should be designed with the plain black color. The plain black, also called pure black color on the artwork means that only the black ink is used to create the text on the paper. For the CMYK value, C=0, M=0, Y=0, K=100%. Or it will lead to legible problems due to the misregistration during the printing process.

Once a clent let us do the tea boxes for him and sent us his artwork. After our designer checked his artwork, we found a big issue. The text on the paper box was very small. The line was extremely thin. The color combination was rich black, C86 M85 Y79 K100. This is a typical error for the text design. You may ask what would happen for this color combination.

Depending on the printing press, paper stock and the ink, there is usually a max ink coverage on the paperstock, 240-280%. While for the rich black color above, the value was 86+85+79+100=350. Then the paper would be over-inked. And we would be at the risk of ink smears and blurs.  The risk would be extremly high when the small text was to be printed.

Black Small Text Printed in Rich Black

Another problem might happen too. That is misregistration. During the printing process, it will be very difficult for the press operator to align the 4 plates. This will lead to the blurry text. Under some circumstances, the texts can not be legible at all.

text blur problem caused by the mis-registration

 

Therefore, we advise that the small black text are created with the pure black to have a clean and crisp feel.

rich black color and plain balck color for printing

Rich Black and Plain Back Illustration

Plain Black for the Barcode

Due to the misregistration of the small lines on the barcode, the rick black barcode may not be recognized by the barcode scanner. The plain black is a must for the barcode printing.

What is Registration and Misregistration?

All the elements on the artwork, which includes the images, texts and blank areas are supposed to be precisely printed on the intended position of the paper. For example, there is a coral-pink flower on the artwork, which is made of the M color and Y color. M=50% Y=25%. Then during the printing process, the magenta flower image printed by the magenta plate should be precisely aligned with the yellow flower printed by the yellow plate.

CMYK_print

CMYK Printing Process

Rich Black for the Background Image

However, if you need a black background for your paper box, we recommend that you add CYAN 30-40 or Magent 30-40 to the Black 100. C 30-40, K100 will create a rich cold black color, while M 30-40, K 100 will create a warm black color. The C 30-40 is most widely used for the black background. However, if you use only the pure K 100 black color, the printed black color will look a little grey.

Last week, we made the face brush boxes and tea brush boxes for a French client. He created the artwork himself and the background was pure black. We changed the pure black to rich black with C 30. After we showed him the sample printed box, he liked a lot.