Business Cards Do's and Don'ts

 

There’re a few things that you need to keep in mind when designing your business cards.  Different print finishes have their pros and cons, so here’s the rundown on what works and what doesn’t for each of the finishes we offer…

 

Letterpress only

We only offer single sided letterpress on our 300-350gsm stocks as the impression from the letterpressing will give you lumps and bumps on the reverse that doesn’t look great when you’re having the second side printed. 

If you’re wanting to go double sided then we’ll need to duplex the stock to double thickness so that we can get a nice impression on both sides without all the lumps and bumps coming through.

*Please be sure to read through our notes on duplexing below*

 

Letterpress + CMYK Digital, White Digital, Foil or Blind Emboss

When mixing letterpress with either digital (colour or white ink) or foiling onto a 300-350gsm stock we only offer this as a single sided option.  Letterpressing will give you lumps and bumps on the reverse that doesn’t look great when printing the second side of the card. 

If you’re wanting a double sided card you’ll need to go with our duplexed to double thickness option.  This will give you a perfect, smooth surface on the second side for your second print finish.  

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Not suitable

✓ Suitable

**Whilst registration is very close to perfect for letterpress, foiling and embossing, registration for CMYK digital and white digital print is not.  We experience movement of up to 2mm in any direction when digitally printing so please keep this in mind when preparing your artwork as CMYK digital or white digital print will not line up perfectly with the other print finishes**

*Please be sure to read through our notes on duplexing below*

 

Letterpress Business Card product options:

  300-350gsm 600gsm +
Letterpress 1 side
Letterpress 2 sides    
Letterpress + Foil - 1 side    
Letterpress + Foil - 2 sides    
Letterpress + CMYK Digital - 1 side    
Letterpress + CMYK Digital - 2 sides    
Letterpress + White Digital - 1 side    
Letterpress + White Digital- 2 sides    

 

Foil only

As foil doesn’t generally have an impression we’re happy to offer single or double sided foiling on our 300-350gsm stocks. 

If you’re wanting your cards to have the extra luxe look and feel to them we always recommend going for 600gsm+ stocks.

 

Foil + CMYK Digital, White Digital

When mixing foiling with either CMYK digital or white digital print we’re happy to offer this as either single or double sided on our 300-350gsm stocks.  You can foil one side and then digitally print your details onto the second side of the card with a perfect finish on both sides. 

Of course, if you’re wanting to go for a more luxe look and feel we recommend duplexing to double thickness for a gorgeous, thick card.

**Whilst registration is very close to perfect for letterpress, foiling and embossing, registration for CMYK digital and white digital print is not.  We experience movement of up to 2mm in any direction when digitally printing so please keep this in mind when preparing your artwork as CMYK digital or white digital print will not line up perfectly with the other print finishes**

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Not suitable

✓ Suitable

*Please be sure to read through our notes on duplexing below*

 

Blind Emboss + CMYK Digital, White Digital or Foil

When mixing blind emboss with digital print or foiling we’re happy to offer this as either single or double sided on our 300-350gsm stocks.. you’ll need to remember that if you do go with 300-350gsm stock and you want to emboss one side and then digitally print or foil the second side you will be able the see the emboss in reverse on the second side of the card.

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FRONT BACK

If you’re wanting a double sided card and you don’t want to see the emboss on the second side you’ll need to go with our duplexed to double thickness option.  This will give you a perfect, smooth surface on the second side for your second print finish.   

**Whilst registration is very close to perfect for letterpress, foiling and embossing, registration for CMYK digital and white digital print is not.  We experience movement of up to 2mm in any direction when digitally printing so please keep this in mind when preparing your artwork as CMYK digital or white ink print will not line up perfectly with the other print finishes**

*Please be sure to read through our notes on duplexing below*

 

CMYK Digital or White Digital only

As digital print has no impression we’re happy to offer single or double sided printing on our 300-350gsm stocks.

If you’re wanting your cards to have the extra luxe look and feel to them we always recommend duplexing to double thickness for a fabulously thick card.

Please remember that when digitally printing we experience movement of up to 2mm in any direction when the sheets are going through the press, please keep this in mind when preparing your artwork. 

We do recommend keeping all artwork 8-10mm in from all edges.  We don’t recommend borders on double sided cards as any movement that occurs will draw the eye if it’s out by 1-2mm.

*Please be sure to read through our notes on duplexing below*

 

Edge Foiling

For that super luxe look on your cards you might like to add edge foiling as an extra finish. 

While edge foiling looks fabulous on our 300-350gsm stocks, you’ll always get the best results on a duplexed to double thickness stock as this gives a much thicker edge on the card for the foil to shine.

 

Duplexing

We love a duplexed card, it really does add that extra touch of luxury to your cards.  As duplexing is done by hand (often after printing as this helps us to give you the best cards possible) there can be an amount of movement from one side of the card to the other. 

We generally allow for movement of up to 2mm in any direction from one side to the other so please keep this in mind when preparing your artwork for a duplexed card.

Here’s some tips on artwork for the best results on a duplexed business card..

  1. Keep all artwork 8-10mm in from all edges.
  2. For double sided cards – avoid borders as these can draw the eye if they’re out by 1-2mm.

Want two different stocks duplexed for a custom card?  We always recommend only duplexing stocks from the same product range.. so, Bloom to Bloom / Gmund Colors to Gmund Colors etc. 

We can duplex stocks from different ranges, however you’ll need to get in touch with us to confirm we can duplex the stocks you’re after.  All stocks are different and will dry a slightly different rates, which can mean that they may ‘curl’ a little throughout the drying process. 

Some stocks just won’t work together so please be sure to get in touch with us prior to going ahead with your final design to make sure that the stocks you’re wanting to work with will work together.

 

Die-Cutting

We have some fabulous shapes if you’re wanting something a little different for your business cards. 

Please be sure to use our templates for the shape that you’re after from the die-cutting product page on the website.

By using our templates you can be sure that you’ve got all the angles and curves perfect for the design on your cards.

We cannot EDGE FOIL any item that is die cut.

 

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