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Our Free Test Pack Service

Online purchases often leave you wondering about the look and feel of the product you'll receive. At Ivory, we employ innovative techniques to ensure complete customer satisfaction. Embracing a "try before you buy" offer, we aim to achieve just that.

The chance to physically handle, feel, and use your cards before making a purchase is invaluable, offering you a firsthand experience of their texture and functionality. We provide your prototype deck of cards for FREE, allowing you to ensure everything is perfect before you commit to a larger quantity.

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Contact us to request a quote for the quantity you require. It's important to note that a minimum order of 100 packs is required to be eligible for this offer, which is why it’s beneficial for those planning to buy in bulk.

Following the approval of your artwork, we will invoice you for a single pack, then proceed to manufacture your deck and dispatch it to you via post. Typically, this process takes up to 6 working days.

Once received, you'll have the opportunity to test the cards, gather feedback, and assess their look and feel. If you're satisfied and ready to proceed, we can commence work on your main order and refund the cost of the test pack.

This initiative is designed to support game developers, independent creators and anyone who is running a Kickstarter or crowdfunding campaign.

Please Note: This offer allows you to modify the artwork before your main order. Our goal is to help you create the perfect pack for your needs.

If you find this offer appealing, then contact us today at 01354 656 430. Our friendly team of card experts are here to assist you!

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What paper is used to print game cards?

At Ivory, we understand that the tactile experience of handling cards is integral to the enjoyment and functionality of any card game, be it a traditional game, a strategic board game, or an innovative new concept. That’s why, we meticulously choose our materials to ensure they not only meet but exceed our clients' expectations for quality, durability, and sustainability.

To produce game cards, we primarily use high-quality, FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified card stock. This certification ensures that the paper comes from forests that are managed responsibly, supporting our commitment to environmental sustainability. Our standard card stock is a 310gsm Heretic, renowned for its excellent handling properties, resilience, and flexibility. This makes it an ideal choice for cards that are meant to be shuffled, dealt, and enjoyed over many years.

For clients seeking an extra layer of durability and a premium finish, we also offer thicker cardstocks; 300gsm Zanta and 350gsm Zanta. These materials are not fully opaque when held up to light but are more resistant to wear and tear and perfect for cards that are designed to be handled by children.

We also offer a range of other paper options, including heavier or lighter weights and different finishes, to suit various types of card games and customer preferences. Our innovative prototyping service allows creators to test and refine their card pack with these different materials before committing to final production, ensuring the end product is perfectly suited to their vision and market demands.

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How do I create a prototype card deck?

Creating a prototype for your card game in the UK, is a journey that transforms your idea into a tangible pack. This process is crucial for testing, refining, and ensuring your product meets market demands before committing to full-scale production. Here's a step-by-step guide tailored to help innovators and creators like you navigate the prototyping process with Ivory:

  1. Conceptualisation and Design: begin with a clear concept of your card game or product. This involves defining the rules, themes, objectives, and overall design aesthetics. Use software like Adobe Illustrator or InDesign to create your card designs. If you're not proficient in graphic design, consider hiring a professional designer who can bring your vision to life while ensuring the technical requirements are met.
  2. Select Your Materials and Finishes: decide on the type of paper, card stock, and finishes you want for your cards. We specialise in using high-quality, FSC® certified materials, offering a range of cardstocks, finishes, speciality printing, paper inserts and packaging.
  3. Contact Ivory: reach out to us with your project details. Our team of experts is ready to guide you through our unique prototyping service. We'll discuss your concept, design, chosen materials, and any specific requirements you have. This collaboration ensures that your prototype will be a true representation of your final product.
  4. Prototype Development: upon agreement of the project details, Ivory will begin the prototype development. Our state-of-the-art printing technology and decades of expertise allow us to produce prototypes that meet the highest standards of quality. This phase includes printing, cutting, and assembling your card game or product, ensuring every detail is perfected.
  5. Review and Refinement: once your prototype is ready, it's time for you to review and test it. This stage is crucial for gathering feedback, identifying any potential improvements, and making necessary adjustments. Our test pack service is designed to be iterative, allowing for refinements to ensure the final product is exactly as you envisioned.
  6. Finalise and Move to Production: with your prototype perfected and all adjustments made, you're ready to move to the final production phase. Ivory will guide you through this process, ensuring a smooth transition from prototype to full-scale manufacturing. Our commitment to using CE/UKCA certified products, sustainable energy, and FSC® certified materials, alongside best practices in the UK, means your product will not only be of the highest quality but also environmentally responsible.
  7. Launch: with the final product in hand, you're ready to launch your card game or product to the market. Our comprehensive service doesn't just stop at manufacturing; our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way, helping you make a significant impact in your market.
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