Why not glossy print or plastic laminated ?
True, a plastic laminated ColorCard would be more rugged.
True, it is best not to get color reference cards wet or to leave
them lying about in the sun.
However, these are small inconveniences
for getting great color and there are serious downsides to lamination:
- A glossy surface adds reflections which cause color variability
- Protectant sprays actually change the color at the surface
- Cover layers add additional aging which can exceed the color's stability.
- Plastic laminants also dramatically shift color and in unpredictable ways.
- Calibration of mutiple layers is inherantly less accurate