What is a Slipcase?
Hello, and welcome to another Taylor Box Box Talks. Today, we're going to deviate slightly from our usual platform and talk about a whole genre of packaging. We're asking the question, what is a slipcase. If you are lucky enough to have a limited edition or a first edition of a recently published book, there's a pretty good chance it came in a slipcase.
Taylor Box, in addition to making base and lid boxes and panel boxes and custom binders, is one of the largest providers of slipcases to domestic publishers. The first slipcase we're going to look at is this simple, 100% recycled chipboard wrapped in an uncoated paper with a single matte foil stamp.
As you can tell from looking up close, the foil stamp does show the texture of the underlying embossed paper. But even still, you get full coverage. It looks very elegant and is incredibly easy to achieve. This package is 100% recyclable in the event that the person didn't want to keep the book in the slipcase or will have wonderful staying power on your shelf.
Next, again with 100% recycled chipboard, this piece is wrapped in a Japanese book cloth. This is a paper backed fabric wrap that has a slightly more tactile feel and will also resist scuffing. Again, when you look up close, you can see that the foil stamp still shows the underlying texture of the linen book cloth. But again, full coverage, no design issues there.
Next, we have two examples of slipcases that have two-tone foil stamping. Oftentimes, people think that they need to use offset printing or silk screening or digital printing if they want to have something that's of a more complicated visual appearance. But as we can see here, you can achieve an incredibly elegant and still highly detailed graphic using nothing, but foil stamping.
Like the previous package, this is a 100% chipboard wrapped in a Japanese book cloth material. However, this slipcase was made using one-sided black. This means when the book is removed, if someone were to look inside, you would see a black interior. It's really just a matter of taste, whether you want there to be a color, or if you want it to be a solid board, or if you want to line it with some, kind of, printed material.
Next up, we have a specialty coated cover material. This is a soft touch embossed cover material from ecological fibers, and the only decoration on this slipcase is a clear foil foil stamp. But because of the use of a specialty material underlying, the clear foil stamp pops. This is a great option for, again, an understated simple, but high impact visual on your slipcase.
Last but not least, we have some larger slipcases designed to hold heavier and larger tomes. Both of these materials have a PU coating, which makes them last longer on the shelf and also gives them a real leather sheen appearance. This cover for Stephen King has two foil stamps, both metallic, and is also made with a heavier chipboard, again, to accommodate that heavier book. This brown with gold foil stamping was designed to hold a religious text and, again, was made with a heavier chipboard for better structural integrity.
Lastly, if you have a whole series of books and are looking for a slipcase to hold a set, you might actually need something like this, which we did for Harvard Business Review. This is technically called a slipcase, but is made the same way that a tray would be made for a base and lid lift-off cover.
We hope we have answered the question, what is a slipcase. If you have a slipcase project or would like to learn more about how to design for your slipcase, please contact us today. We would love to help you. Thanks for coming by.