You may remember my first encounter with Sappi’s The Standard 5.

The Standard’s cover features rainbow foil stamping.


I was instantly smitten by the careful exploration of special effects, custom finishes, and innovative techniques. I longed for the day when I could cradle those spiral-bound pages, thick with coatings and texture.

The day has finally arrived! Thanks to Art Groll, I can now lovingly peruse each silky page.

Let me take you on a tour of my carefully curated favorites.

Lenticular eyeballs are a girl’s best friend.
(I think that’s how the song goes.)


This illustration of a ‘lady face’ tattoo reminds me
of my own colorful tattoo, a portrait of my grandmother.


This may set an unfair standard for subsequent paper sample books:
I’ll expect them all to include a pettable yeti.


I love the combination of dull varnish and spot phosphorescent UV coating
on this diagram of the solar system.


This key has a thermochromic coating applied, so it changes color when you touch it.


Blind embossing brings out all the cool spy stuff hidden in this trenchcoat.


Scratch and sniff a can of “Super IQ.”
It smells like coffee and pencil shavings. Perfectly accurate, I’d say.


Want to get your own copy of this momentous manual of magnificent marks?
Art Groll, Specification Sales Manager at Lindenmeyr Munroe, will hook you up.

I hope you love it as much as I do!

peace and pixels,