I have gotten sheet proofs back from the printer!
These are six (stapled to be three double-sided) sheets sized for 56 cards, plus a smaller one for the boxes.
Sheet proofs are a physical, printed version that illustrates precisely what is to be printed, and where the lines are to be cut. These are otherwise identical to the digital proofs, but with the added benefit of being able to see precisely the size and impact that each graphical and textual element has when printed as the final version.
Depending on the printer and necessity, it may or may not be a color-true version. In this case, these is not. These are run on a digital printer that is not the same model that will print the final cards and additionally the paper stock is not the same. However, the sheet size is accurate, and the print quality is sufficient to aid in a final inspection, check for correct card orientation, etc.
This is the final approval step before the printing process. In the past, I've found my orders usually take about 2-3 weeks to turn around and get to the warehouse. This depends on a variety of factors. Larger order sizes will get shipped by boat; smaller ones often go by air. We’re probably on the small side, i.e. roughly one-two pallets, but much less than a container.
Finally, I'm going to go ahead and charge cards on BackerKit tomorrow and start preparing the oodles of spreadsheets that will be used to ship everything out.
Thanks again for joining us in making this happen!