Christmas Canvas

Wrapped canvas prints are our way of saying thank you this year to clients who we have done work for.

This sort of technique can easily be applied to almost any size of display panel. When made to sit off the wall with a floating mount the shadow helps give visual depth to what ever is on the panel, whether its text, an image or part of a series of signs.


recycling bins

Getting the right waste separated from recyclable materials has always been an issue, even with the best split bins.  Here we helped one client improve the distinction between what goes where, focussing on green / black in their focussed attempt to make a better job of what does and does not get sent to landfill.


car park signs on Milton Park

Even with the positive drive to get more people onto buses and bikes, the pressure on parking remains.  So the need for improved signage grows and recently we’ve been helping raise the profile of allocated parking across Milton Park.  Bespoke signs for different zones have been added to areas where parking has become something of an issue.



case bound books

Here’s something hot off the machines – a series of case bound books, produced as an add on to a job which is also produced as a more standard A4 saddle stitched booklet.

The text was printed colour on a nice smooth 170gsm Silk, it had plain matt black end papers added, the outer case was printed  and Matt Laminated, before being wrapped over .12 boards. Colleagues will tell you that Case bound books are valued more than soft cover perfect bound, they tend to command a premium and obviously take a little bit longer to produce as they are made by hand, unless you are producing a large number.

carbon colour offer in house perfect and PUR binding, so sometimes our clients like to treat their customers to a differently finished product.



print obsolescence

In the days when the PDF and web page is seen as the go to answer, print obsolescence is still a hot topic in the sales departments across the UK. Producing too much of something that can quickly change or go out of date is a nightmare, wasteful and easily solved with a digitally printed strategy. But it simply doesn’t need to be the case.

It’s funny how so many people have got hung up on paper useage recently, when virtually all the paper we use at carbon colour comes from either purpose grown forests, or part recycled sources that are sustainable and responsible..

The majority of the paper and  board we buy and print on comes from one merchant source with whom we have engaged in a capture scheme.

As a result of our participation in this Carbon Capture scheme initiated by the Woodland Trust;  for example in 2017 we captured 6,996kg of Carbon Dioxide.

In itself this meant almost 175 square metres of new mixed woodland was planted as a result of the work we have digitally printed on paper and board that is covered by the carbon capture scheme. In real terms this reflects a complete commitment by Carbon Colour to ensure it uses paper from sustainable sources, that we minimise any unnecessary waste of material and that we remain accountable for the environmental resources that we do use.  Because we specialise in short run products our useage is the opposite of other producers who buy paper by the ton, but we know that we can measure our contribution accurately ‘carbon captured’ – and we are proud to be part of this carbon capture scheme.

Woodland Carbon is the Woodland Trust’s unique scheme set up to help companies reduce their carbon footprint by locking up carbon emissions through the planting of trees. As a result this allows the Trust to create new woodland and harness nature’s simple and powerful way of removing carbon dioxide from the environment.

Unlike many conventional printers we measure our waste by the sheet not the binful, so its easy to be fully accountable and we are more than happy to show anyone concerned about what they deem waste through excess printing, both our studio where the work is produced, and help them audit their collateral from start to finish so we can help identify waste, opportunities to produce on demand rather than in bulk and how slight adjustments in procurement can help reduce obsolescence.



Beer Festival at the Perch

Look out for the latest posters we produced for the Perch in Binsey for their forthcoming Beer & Cider Festival. The 4/5/6th of May should be a great time to go see what is on offer.

The posters were printed on a 100% recycled paper – its just one of many choices we offer at carbon colour.


canvas mounting

One of the local artists we have known and worked with over the years is Mike Brain and here has used our recent Christmas canvas mounting offer to show visitors to his current exhibition how they could have a high resolution version of one of his illustrations reproduced.

Rather than canvas simply being printed and then stretched over a box frame – these canvases are wrapped to a solid 10mm base which ensures the image remains flat over time and can be used on its own mounted to the wall, or enclosed in a frame.

carbon colour also offer hanging plates or stand off’s to add to this method of canvas mounting, depending on how you want to display them – remember other sizes are also available.



Christmas tree trac?

We recently helped produce some packaging mock ups for a new and clever Christmas tree trac. It is in the early stages of development and hopes to be funded and in production ready for delivery of product Christmas 2019.  Find out more details of how you can get your hands on one here or find a video of the trac here. Or see more below.

With the option for tunnels and fixings to almost any kind or size of tree the Halo-Trac system gives you effectively a floating platform – or you could think of it as a Christmas tree train platform – around which the train can travel.  You can elevate your Christmas train set up off the floor, running it amongst the branches, for all the family to enjoy – displayed in the centre of your Christmas tree.

The HALO-TRAC™ floating platform is currently not available to purchase. However, we are running a crowd funding campaign on KICKSTARTER to raise the funds to enable us to start manufacturing.

Please support our project and in return you will receive your own HALO-TRAC™ floating platform ready for Christmas 2019.

Please take a look at our KICKSTARTER project.

The HALO-TRAC™ floating platform allows you to elevate your Christmas train set up off the floor, and in amongst the branches of your tree, for all to enjoy!

The HALO-TRAC™ floating platform has been designed to be compatible with either a ‘OO’ scale model train set (1st radius curves) or battery operated trains and vehicles that are used with wooden railway track systems.


Christmas Cards and Calendars

at carbon colour we can help you with making Christmas this year that bit extra special with your very own Christmas Cards and Calendars.  Whether you need a simple calendar to promote your organisation or business, a card to wish your clients, colleagues or friends well at this festive time or something more elaborate we can help.

Come and see us – we have examples of a range of formats and lots of alternative materials to choose from.  From the simplest folded card to a complex desk calendar – carbon colour can produce it all in house. If you want to raise funds or sell commercially we can pack, supply matching envelopes and cello bags.

We can die cut your Christmas Cards to shape, glue things on, add glitter, or stick a mini tied ribbon bow on them, put them in peel and seal envelopes or ones with diamond flaps.  carbon colour can scan your original art, help with colour matching or re-touch out imperfections, collate your calendar, artwork cards or calendars – and we always show a made up printed proof where time allows. 


happy Halloween

it’s the end of the month and Halloween today – there’s pumpkins all over the place and some of them are much larger than others.

this one was being cut by Frankie Taylor just up the road in Sutton Courtenay – its a little over 500mm wide and looks great when it’s lit up.

Have a fabulous Halloween wherever you are going to be this year.

wiki tells us Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of Hallows’ Even or Hallows’ Evening), is also known as AllhalloweenAll Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve, and is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain; that such festivals may have had pagan roots; and that Samhain itself was Christianised as Halloween by the early Church. Some believe, however, that Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, separate from ancient festivals like Samhain.