Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Packaging does matter! Little technical lesson - Corrugated fiberboard vs Card stock

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Recently we were faced with a problem regarding our favorite subject: packaging, of course! 

A client wanted to know more about custom orders, but also about the difference between our boxes and "shipping boxes" as we call them. So let's break it down, so that i can hopefully clear some misunderstandings. 

Part 1. Corrugated fiberboard vs Card stock (Cover stock, Pasteboard)

We at Funky Box Studio try to come up with packaging designs and supplies that use card stock only as our cardboard type choice. According to Wiki (and they did a great job with the definitions there), "card stock is a paper stock that is thicker and more durable than normal writing or printing paper, but thinner and more flexible than other forms of paperboard." It is usually used for business cards, postcards, scrapbooking, presentation packaging etc. Read more here.

card stock

On the other hand, the corrugated fiberboard is a "paper-based material consisting of a fluted corrugated sheet and one or two flat lineboards." It is usually used in the manufacture of corrugated boxes.  Read more here.

(source: Wikipedia)
The difference between the two is quite visible in the photos, right? So basically what we have here is a nice and smooth, but not so shipping appropriate type of cardboard vs a not so nice, but very sturdy type of cardboard. Our items are mainly used as cute packaging, as wedding favors, as item presentation boxes and so on. You couldn't possibly use corrugated fiberboard boxes as wedding favors, could you? That would be quite bad. On the other hand, i wouldn't trust shipping something just inside one of our boxes. We all know how the post office and couriers handle our packages, so you'd definitely want something sturdy enough to ensure the safety of the items inside the box. 

In the next "technical lesson" i'll explain why corrugated fiberboard boxes are cheaper than card stock boxes, so stay tuned! There will be lots of useful information for you to consider when ordering your own packaging supplies!

Funky Box Studio wishes you a colorful day!

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  1. Love your post, I agree that packaging makes a huge difference!! Love your explanation of corrugated fiberboard and cardstocks.

    1. Oh i'm so glad you liked it!! :D Thank you so much!

  2. Do you know who I can hire to make cardstock packaging for my new product?

    Thank you

  3. Do you know who I can hire to make cardstock packaging for my new product?

    Thank you


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