How White Ink Works on a Scout Book
What's the deal with white ink?
White ink on chipboard is kind of tricky - it can look great with a design that plays to its strengths, but it's best to have clear expectations.
While the ink itself is white, printing that white ink onto chipboard necessarily darkens it somewhat, resulting in a slightly off-white color that's closer to the color of the chipboard.
The not-quite-whiteness of white ink is particularly visible when printed as a flood of ink, since the large ink coverage gives a lot of space for the chipboard to show through. That can work quite well if you're looking for an off-white, cloudy look, like the one in this Nikki McClure collaboration:
White ink reads as whiter and pops more when surrounded by a darker color, like in this red and white Portland notebook designed by Gemma O'Brien:
Because of its closeness to the color of chipboard, very fine lines, small text, and delicate design elements in white are less likely to be clearly visible against the chipboard background. When designing with white ink, we recommend big, bold designs, and if you want the ink to really pop, make sure to surround it with a darker color for contrast.
White ink is considered a custom color, and priced accordingly. If you have any more questions about white ink, or want us to take a look at your design, please get in touch!