Yes, it does!
- Pantone inks used in Letterpressing are translucent - you'll only get an super-close colour match to your chosen Pantone uncoated colour if you choose a white stock to print on.
- The change in colour is also hardly noticable on very pale coloured stocks.
- Our Pantone inks are mixed by hand, combining multiple colours to create the correct shade.
- Because Pantone inks are translucent, you can't use an ink lighter than your stock - the ink will just sink into the stock and either disappear, or leave just a 'shadow' in the impression on the card.
- Choosing stocks and Pantone inks in the same colour palette (green on green, blue on blue etc) works really well and can look stunning. It's also a bit easier to anticipate the final look.
This two colour (2PMS) design uses the same two inks (Pantone 346 and Orange 021) on different coloured stocks.
On a white stock the Pantone inks are a very close match.
On the Terracotta stock, both colours are darker and the orange ink is more intense.
Top Tips from the Printery Peeps
- The easiest way to choose a Pantone colour is using our Paper Colour Values Chart. We keep this up-to-date with all our stocks so you can easily match or contrast with confidence.
- You can also use a Pantone book. It must be the Pantone Solid Uncoated colours (PMS U) book. Pantone has many colour books for different applications like textiles or manufacturing - so it's essential that you use the right one!
- Don't reference CMYK or Hex codes - we can't match these to a Pantone for you.
- Remember that colours look very different from screen to screen. Computer screens display in RGB, so you'll get an idea, but not a match to the actual Pantone ink.