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Which types of custom folding cartons can Packagingblue produce?


We can produce numerous styles of folding cartons including:


Is white counted as a printed color?


The simple answer is that it depends. As white is the default color of most cardstocks, it is simply recognized as the absence of any ink and not counted as a printed color. However, when using non-white cardstock, such as kraft cardstock, white ink may be need to be used if any text or graphic requires it. In this case, the white color will be counted as a printed color.


What options do I have if I am not satisfied with the final result?


In the unlikely event of defects with your order, we will work with you to rectify any issues arising from any mistakes in our production processes. Please contact your sales representative with the issue details so that we can review the order details and find the best possible solution.


What is a window cut-out?


A window cut-out is a custom shape that has been die-cut and stripped from the carton. This create a see-through window that allows the packaged products to be seen from the outside without opening the cartons.


How much time is required for producing custom printed folding cartons?


Order for a single sample can take 6-8 business days to produce and ship. Bulk orders of branded folding cartons take approximately 10-12 business days to print. Shipping transit time is an additional 3-4 business days.

Please note that these are approximate production times and can vary depending on the complexity of the project. If you have timelines that you need to meet, please make sure to discuss any specific requirements with your account representative.

Material White: SBS (C1S), SBS (C2S), Uncoated Stock, Textured Stock
Metalized Card: Silver, Gold, Holographic
Brown: Natural Brown Kraft Card Stock
White Front Colored Back: CCNB (Grey Back), CCKB (Kraft Back)
Material Thickness Cardstock Thickness: 12pt, 14pt, 18pt, Custom
Finishing Types Lamination: Gloss, Matte, Sandy Matte, Soft Touch, Linen
Coating: Gloss AQ, Satin, Varnish, Spot UV, Flood UV
Features Foil Stamping
Die Cutting
Metallic Inks
Custom Sizes
Other Options Window Cutouts
Scoring and Gluing
Custom Perforation
SKU# RP-003

Elevate Your Product Appeal: A Guide to Designing and Material Choices for Folding Cartons

A folding carton is a lightweight pre-made cardboard box that can be easily folded and assembled to serve as product packaging. Folding cartons are made by folding and gluing paperboard panels to create a box. These cartons are typically used for packaging various products, including food, cosmetics, and common household items. Depending on the product and intended use, folding cartons are typically made from a combination of paperboard and other materials, such as plastic. These boxes can be printed and decorated using various commercial printing techniques, including offset printing, digital printing, embossing, and foiling. In addition, folding cartons can be manufactured in different shapes and sizes to fit specific products. 

Folding cartons are an ideal choice for packaging products as they offer numerous benefits both from product marketing and product cost perspective.  Folding cartons help improve product appearance and can be used to supplement corporate branding strategies. These cartons are also very cost-effective, particularly when produced in larger production runs. Folding cartons can often be shipped flat and assembled as needed before use. This feature helps reduce shipping and storage costs for unused folding cartons. Folding cartons are also very environmentally friendly as they are often manufactured using recycled materials and are in turn recyclable themselves.

Navigating Paperboard Options for Folding Carton Production

Several types of paperboard or cardboard can be used to produce custom-printed folding cartons including:

  • SBS (Solid Bleached Sulfate): A lightweight, durable, and cost-effective material, SBS is the most commonly used paperboard material for manufacturing folding cartons.
  • CCNB (Clay Coated News Back): A heavier, more rigid option than SBS, CCNB is often used for larger cartons and applications requiring a higher degree of durability.
  • Folding Boxboard: Folding boxboard is a heavier and stiffer paperboard material that is often used for high-end retail packaging and specialized applications.
  • White-Lined Chipboard: White-lined chipboard is a lightweight and cost-effective paperboard material often used for short production runs.
  • Kraft Board: Kraft board is a heavier and more rigid paperboard material. Kraft boxes are often used for food packaging as they provide excellent moisture resistance and strength.

Designing Eye-Catching and Functional Folding Cartons

When designing folding cartons, there are several tips to keep in mind. Firstly, it is highly recommended to keep the printed design simple and clean. It makes the boxes more appealing and easier to understand for customers. Using too many colors, fonts, or graphics can be overwhelming. Instead, use minimalistic white space to create a sense of sophistication. Secondly, ensure that high-quality materials are used to produce the boxes. The selected material should match your product and brand aesthetics. For example, packaging for a high-end, anti-aging skincare line should be more sophisticated and luxurious than packaging for a more budget-friendly, everyday skincare line. Thirdly, any labeling should be clear and easy to read and should provide information about the product's ingredients, usage instructions, and warnings. Lastly, consider using recycled, recyclable, or biodegradable materials for your product packaging.

Here are some additional suggestions for creating a high-end look for custom-printed folding cartons:

  • Special Finishes and Coatings: Foil stamping, embossing, or spot UV coating can add a luxurious touch, while metallic inks help achieve high-end appeal.
  • Die-Cutting: Use die-cuts to create unique shapes or windows that reveal portions of the product inside in order to add an air of sophistication and intrigue.
  • Interior Printing: Add printing inside the box to add an element of delight in order to enhance the unboxing experience.
  • Ribbon Pulls or Magnetic Closures: These elements can make the cartons feel like a gift box and help enhance the product's perceived value.
  • Custom Inserts: Use custom inserts to hold products securely in place and thus creating a more premium feel.

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