Becoming a SILKCARDS PRO Agency

 

How do I become a SILKCARDS Pro Agency?

Very easy, but you must be within the graphic and print trade. We reserve the right to refuse the application.


What steps are involved in signing up to become an Agency?

All you need to do is provide some information about yourself on our Sign Up page. We will review the application, and you will be notified within 24-48 hours whether your application was approved.


What are the criteria for being approved as a SILKCARDS Pro Agency?

Our requirements are not super strict. Ultimately, we want to ensure the individual applying has the ability to resell our products and is not simply going through the motions to get wholesale pricing.


We typically take a look at the website provided, evaluate if they can provide ready-to-print artwork with high-res files, ask if they can use design software, and consider how long they've been in business.


Do I need to supply samples of previous design work before becoming an Agency?

Nope!


Will I be given a reason if I'm denied becoming an Agency?

With most applicants who were not approved, it was because we either could not verify from their website their ability to resell our products or, more commonly, the applicant chose not to fill out the entire form, leaving us with no criteria to evaluate.


If you believe you were mistakenly denied Agency status, or if you would like to provide more information or context for your business, feel free to contact us.


If denied, can I reapply at a later date?

Yes. If your situation has changed and meet the criteria that we are looking for.


Is there a probationary period before program benefits kick in?

As soon as you are approved as a Pro Agency, you will be eligible for incentives at the Pro level. The more you earn, the sooner you'll be able to advance to higher levels and get better perks.


Do I need to alter my approach when designing for SILKCARDS PRO?

The design process is basically the same, but we do require layers to designate which areas will be receiving specific add-ons. For example, you may need to send an extra file (vector files preferred) to show where the foil accents go, another to show where the die-cut goes, etc.


How do I determine pricing when offering SILKCARDS PRO products?

We do not have set prices or suggested pricing on our products. This means the markup for a Pro Agency is virtually limitless and dependent on the Agency's preference with regard to margin, profit, and fair market value.


Everyone is different, and factors such as city and demographics will play a part in how an Agency prices their products.

Customization Features

How do the following customization features enhance the finished product:


  • Foil Stamping
    This involves the application of a pigment or metallic gold or silver foil. We offer a wide selection of 36 foil colors. The stamping process starts by taking a custom heated die, stamping the die onto the foil which makes it stick to paper leaving the design on the paper. This provides a shimmering highlight to the areas targeted.

  • Spot UV
    A high gloss finish in a specific location. This coating is applied over ink printed paper and is dried by an exposure to a UV light. This option is used to highlight important pieces such as a logo or image.

  • Raised Spot UV
    A high gloss finish in a specific location. This process is like the traditional Spot UV, however this gloss finish is coated 2-3 times to create a build up on the business card. This coating is applied over ink printed paper and is dried by an exposure to a UV light. This option is used to highlight important pieces such as a logo or image.

  • Die-Cut
    The process of outlining a specified shape then cutting the outlined project leaving a cut shape into the paper.

  • Color Edges
    Employs standard ink painted onto the business card edges. This gives your business   cards coloring on all sides.

  • Embossing
    To mark or decorate a surface with a raised design or symbol. The opposite of embossing is debossing, which is to mark or decorate a surface by creating an indent in the material.

  • Rounded Edges
    Standard die-cuts of the business card edge. You can either have a round radius of 3mm, 6mm or 9mm radius. You may choose from all four corners to be rounded, or only two. This option makes your business card look more sleek and attractive.

  • Silk Lamination
    Starts by having a standard business printed in full color, then laminated on both sides with silk which gives off its special 'smooth as silky' feel.

  • Suede Lamination
    This type of lamination results in an elegant, velvety finish. Due to the thickness of the stock used with this product, the end result is very durable, and the soft nap of the laminated suede is extremely unique.

  • UV Coating
    Consists of a gloss coating that is applied to the printed paper and dried using a ultraviolet light. This process makes the UV coating a slick surface which becomes near waterproof.


File Prep

What document settings are preferred in preparation?

Right before you start designing, you have to select your document preferences. Typically, this is how your document settings should look when beginning a business card design. Obviously if you're designing a brochure or a flyer, the sizes will be different. The two main things that should be double checked are the resolution and color mode. Your resolution should be set to no less than 300 DPI and the color mode must be set at CMYK.

What resolution is preferred?

Vector is always preferred to avoid sending incorrect resolutions.


If you are unable to send vector files, set your resolution to at least 300 DPI. If the document is set to 72 DPI for print, your item will be printed with a distorted, blurry image. Any files sent in at 72 DPI will be rejected and could cause delay.


What's the difference between RGB and CMYK?
The colors you see on your screen will not be the colors you will see on your printed final. You can avoid this problem by having the document's color mode set to CMYK. Your monitor will display millions of colors that do not even exist in ink. Is it very rare that colors on your screen match what is being printed. By setting your document to CMYK you will be able to tell what colors are best to choose from. We cannot guarantee the colors you see on screen will be exact when printed.

How shall I set my bleed lines?

What is a bleed line? A bleed line is a line that shows you what will be cut and won't be cut. For this reason, you are also to make graphics or even photos meet the edge of your finished piece.


Typically, we require 1/8 inch (0.125) bleed on the length and width. When submitting your files please make sure you have the correct bleed lines! To ensure you have the correct bleed lines, use our print templates when designing your files.


  • Bleed Line - the cutoff, of where we will print to. This includes the extra area (bleed) that will be printed to ensure that your artwork will print to the edge after the cards are cut.

  • Trim Line - Where we plan to cut.

  • Safety Line - The line, up to where the cards may be cut due to variations in the cutting process. Do not put any important text outside the Safety Line.


What file types are accepted?

We accept the following files, .psd, .ai, .eps, .pdf, .tiff, .tif, .jpg, .jpeg. Vector files are always preferred. If you are sending files that are .ai, .pdf, or .eps, please make sure you outline your fonts! If a file is received without the fonts being outline, fonts may be automatically replaced by the most similar font available.

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