Table of Contents
- How to Order Your Letterpress Business Cards
- Choose Your Paper
- Printing Methods & Inks
- Sizes & Shapes
- Special Print Features
- Artwork Handling Options
- Design Services
- Payment Options
- Customer Support
- Quality Guarantee
- Artwork Setup & Guidelines
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Comparing with Competitors
How to Order Your Letterpress Business Cards
Getting your hands on the perfect letterpress business cards should be as easy as a walk in the park. And that's why we've curated three seamless ways for you to get started, each designed to suit your unique needs. Let's delve right in!
Configure & Price Online
If you've got a clear vision for your letterpress business cards or are looking to place a re-order, our Configure Online feature is your best bet. It's swift, simple, and lets you take the reins of your order.
Request a Custom Quote
If you're still exploring options or would appreciate some reassurance on your choices, this option is perfect for you. We understand the importance of getting your letterpress business cards just right, and we're more than happy to provide multiple suggestions to suit your style & budget.
Book a Free Creative Consultation
For those times when you want a friendly chat with a print expert, our Free Creative Consultation is your go-to. Discuss everything about your letterpress business cards, from papers, finishes, colors, and more. After the call, we'll provide a quote that captures all your needs. We believe that every detail matters when it comes to creating letterpress business cards that truly reflect you and your business.
Choose Your Paper
Your letterpress business cards should be as unique as you are. That's why we give you a vibrant palette of paper choices to pick from. Whether you want the classic appeal of cotton papers or the playful charm of the Colorplan series, we've got it all.
Crafted from high-quality cotton fibers, these 100% soft cotton papers offer a timeless elegance that's simply unmatched. Our range includes:
- White Cotton: Pristine and versatile, perfect for any design.
- Black Cotton: Bold and sophisticated, for a strong statement.
- Blue Cotton: Unique and stylish, to stand out from the crowd.
- Kraft Cotton: Rustic and earthy, for a touch of authenticity.
- Gray Cotton: Subtle and sleek, for a modern vibe.
Or, Order Paper Samples
If you're looking to bring a splash of color to your letterpress business cards, our Colorplan series is just the thing. With 55 vibrant colored paper options, all uncoated with a delightful eggshell texture, you're sure to find a hue that suits your style. And with our duplexing service, you can mix and match to your heart's content!
Pick Your Thickness
Thickness plays a vital role in the overall feel of your letterpress business cards. From a lightweight, flexible card to a hefty, impressive slab, the choice is yours. Our range includes:
- Standard (16pt): A sturdy, yet flexible option for a professional feel.
- Double (32pt): Twice as thick as our standard, for a more substantial touch.
- Triple (48pt): Thicker still, making a serious impact when handed out.
- Quad (64pt): Our thickest offering, for when you really want to make a statement.
If you're uncertain about which thickness to choose for your letterpress business cards, why not order some of our paper samples? It's the best way to get a feel (literally) for what each thickness offers. Experience the different weights and textures in person to ensure your final choice is perfect for you!
For those special projects where you need something truly unique, we're delighted to offer custom paper orders. We love catering to your unique needs and do this all the time! To order custom papers for your letterpress business cards, please request a quote, and we'll guide you through the process.
Printing Methods & Inks
With a variety of printing methods and ink choices, you can create a set of letterpress business cards that are as unique as you are. Here's what we offer:
Using the classic letterpress technique, we press ink into your cards, resulting in a stylish, debossed effect. With this method, you can choose from:
- PMS U colors: Standard uncoated Pantone colors for a vibrant finish.
- Pantone Metallics: Shimmering metallic inks to make your card stand out.
- Improves opacity when printing on non-white papers.
- Pantone Neon / Fluorescent: Bright, bold colors that will not be overlooked.
Spot Color Offset (Flat)
A modern, flat-printing technique that allows for precise, crisp designs. Your ink options include:
- PMS U colors: As above.
- Pantone Metallics: As above.
- Pantone Neon / Fluorescent: As above.
- Raised Thermographic (Glossy): A shiny, raised finish for a tactile and visual pop.
Add a luxurious touch with our foil stamping option. This method applies a thin layer of metallic or pigmented foil to your cards. Choose from:
- Metallic Foils: Adds a reflective, shiny surface to your cards.
- Matte-Metallic Foils: All the glamor of metallic with a stylish, matte finish.
- Non-Metallic (Pigment) Foils: A smooth, pigmented color finish.
- Great for adding opaque solid "ink-like" colors to dark, non-white papers.
- Specialty Foils: Unique options like holographic foil for an even more striking look.
- Order Custom Foils: Want something special? We can order custom foils to make your cards one-of-a-kind.
We use quality foils from suppliers like Kurz, Great Western, Crown Roll Leaf, and Chenhui. If you're on a budget, our Asian foils offer a more cost-effective option.
Mix & Match
Remember, you don't have to stick to just one method or ink. Mix and match to create the perfect letterpress business cards for your brand!
Sizes & Shapes
Your letterpress business cards should be as unique as you are, and that includes their size and shape. Whether you stick to a standard size, choose your own dimensions, or even opt for a custom die-cut shape, we can accommodate your vision.
- 2x3.5 inches: The classic business card size used in the USA.
- 2.5x2.5 inches: A square design for a modern look.
- 1.5x3.5 inches: Slim and sleek, this size is great for minimalist designs.
- 85x55mm: A common choice in Europe.
- 90x55mm: The preferred size in Scandinavia.
Have a unique size in mind? We can customize your letterpress business cards to any dimension you desire.
Custom Die Cut Shape
For a truly unique card, opt for a custom die-cut shape. As long as it fits within a 3.5-inch square, the possibilities are endless!
Embrace your creativity and give your cards a personal touch with our size and shape customization options.
Die Cutting Options
Elevate your design with our die cutting offerings - choose from basic, laser, or multi-level options.
- Basic Die Cutting
- Laser Die Cutting
- Multi-Level Die Cutting
- Paper Duplexing + Die Cutting
Special Print Features
Embossing & Debossing:
Enhance the tactile experience and visual appeal with our embossing and debossing services, available in blind or registered.
Add an extra touch with edge painting in any custom PMS color, or go for a classy look with edge foiling in one of our 30 colors. We also offer custom foil colors to make your design truly unique.
Edge Foil Gilding
Raised Spot UV
For an additional tactile experience, you can add raised spot UV to either 1 or 2 sides of your design. For uncoated fibrous papers like cotton we actually use a clear hit of raised thermographic ink to create this effect.
For more tailored solutions, we offer custom scoring and folding, and hole drilling.
Artwork Handling Options
We're here to make the process easy for you. You can:
- A) Upload your files now: Take control of the design process by easily uploading your artwork files during the order process, ensuring a seamless and efficient experience.
- B) Email your files later: Secure your spot in our production calendar by completing your order online, giving you the peace of mind that your project is in progress, and take your time perfecting your artwork before submitting the files to us via email.
- C) Hire our expert designers: Sit back and relax as our team of expert designers takes the lead, offering their creative prowess and industry knowledge to craft a stunning and unique business card design tailored specifically to your brand and preferences.
If you're in need of design assistance, choose from one of our three packages:
Basic Design Package ($99): Our budget-friendly package offers a professional design service to bring your vision to life with attention to detail and creative expertise.
Standard Design Package ($199): Our popular package provides a comprehensive design service, ensuring a visually captivating and customized project tailored to your unique requirements.
Premium Design Package ($399): Our top-tier package offers an unparalleled design experience, combining meticulous attention to detail, unlimited creativity, and personalized solutions to deliver a truly exceptional and bespoke final product.
All packages include (3) sets of revisions and 100% source-file ownership.
Complete your order using one of 3 payment methods:
- Credit Card
- Check / Bank transfer
Please note that for orders over $1500, we require payment via check or bank transfer.
We are always reachable via email, live chat, or by booking a phone appointment
- Phone Appt
If you're not happy with your prints for some odd reason, easily request a reprint or refund within 14 days of receiving your order.
Artwork Setup & Guidelines
To ensure the best results and a smooth production process, please follow the artwork setup guidelines outlined below when preparing your design for letterpress printing:
File Format: Please provide your artwork in a high-resolution PDF format. This ensures that your design retains its quality and details during the printing process.
Bleed & Safe Zone: Include a bleed of at least 0.125 inches (3.175 mm) on all sides of your design. This ensures that there are no unwanted white borders and that your design extends all the way to the edges of the finished card. Keep all critical elements, such as text and logos, within the safe zone, at least 0.125 inches (3.175 mm) from the trim line.
Color Mode: Set your artwork to include embedded Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors from the Uncoated series directly in your file. Letterpress printing relies on specific ink color formulations, and embedding PMS colors ensures accurate color reproduction. Avoid using CMYK color mode for letterpress designs.
Fonts: Embed or outline all fonts used in your artwork. This ensures that the correct typefaces are preserved during the printing process, regardless of whether or not the fonts are installed on our systems.
Image Resolution: Please note that vector artwork is preferred over raster images to achieve the best quality. But If your design must include raster images, please set the resolution to a minimum of 300 DPI (dots per inch) at the final print size. This ensures that the images appear sharp and clear in the printed cards.
Special Finishes: If you would like to add special finishes such as foiling, embossing, or debossing to specific areas of your design, please provide a separate file called a "mask file." The mask file should be in black and white, where black areas indicate where the finish should be applied, and white areas indicate where the finish should not be applied. Ensure that black has a value of K=100%.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is letterpress printing?
Letterpress printing is a traditional printing method where raised metal plates with the desired design are inked and pressed onto thick, high-quality paper, creating a distinctive debossed impression.
What makes letterpress business cards special?
Letterpress business cards have a unique tactile quality and visual appeal. The combination of deep impressions and premium paper creates an elegant and sophisticated look that sets them apart from standard business cards.
Can I use my own design for letterpress printing?
Absolutely! We encourage you to provide your own design. You can upload your custom artwork, logo, or design files during the ordering process, ensuring that your business cards reflect your unique brand identity.
What paper options are available for letterpress business cards?
We offer a selection of premium paper options specifically chosen for letterpress printing, including thick and luxurious cotton or recycled papers. You can choose the option that best suits your preferences and desired aesthetic.
Are letterpress business cards eco-friendly?
Yes, our letterpress business cards are eco-friendly. We use sustainable materials, such as recycled papers and environmentally friendly inks. We strive to minimize our environmental impact while delivering exceptional quality.
Can I include multiple colors in my letterpress design?
Yes, letterpress allows for the use of multiple ink colors. However, each color requires a separate pass through the printing press, so additional colors may incur extra costs and production time.
How long does it take to produce letterpress business cards?
The production time for letterpress business cards varies based on the complexity of the design and the quantity ordered. Typically, it takes around 15 work days to complete the printing process, plus shipping time.
Can I see a proof of my design before printing?
Yes, we provide a digital proof for your approval before proceeding with printing. This ensures that you can review and make any necessary adjustments to your design to guarantee your complete satisfaction.
Can I order a sample of letterpress business cards?
Yes, we offer sample packs that allow you to experience the quality and craftsmanship of our letterpress business cards firsthand. Ordering a sample pack can help you make an informed decision before placing a larger order.
Do you offer additional printing services for other stationery items?
Yes, along with letterpress business cards, we offer a range of complementary printing services. This includes letterpress stationery, invitations, envelopes, and more. Contact us for further details or custom requests.
Comparing with Competitors
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