When colors along the edge of a card (full bleed) have too much ink, it can cause the edge of the card to crack, especially with dark colors.

Cracking occurs when the blade cuts the paper, causing the edges of the oversaturated, unprotected paper stock to "chip."

Best Practices:
•   If your design has a full bleed on one side of the card only, make this side the FRONT file, with the opposite side (without full bleed) the BACK file.  We always cut the cards with the front of the card facing up, which will reduce the chances that the card will chip significantly.

•  Another option to consider, especially if you design includes a full bleed on both sides of the card is to choose a laminated stock like Silk, Velvet or Gloss. The lamination protects the edges of the cards during the cutting process and provides a clean edge.

•  Select lighter colors. If you must use dark colors on a non-laminated card, avoid heavy ink saturation, especially around the edges.


Cracking can also happen on projects that are Glossy UV coated, then scored and folded. During use, cracking can spread, and the ink may begin to chip off. When the product is repeatedly handled or folded in half, cracking may eventually happen. Ordering without UV coating can help, but may not prevent cracking.

Did this answer your question?