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Please Note: All turn-around times are estimates only and do not account for shipping/logistics time. These turn-around times should not be taken as guaranteed delivery dates. Many factors can influence your project’s timeline including: press delays, artwork issues, shipping / logistic problems, and many other elements out of our control. Turnaround starts…

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Do you offer custom folds?

Yes we do, just request a custom quote.

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What is scoring and folding and how does it work?

Nothing is more disappointing than having a beautiful print job ruined by uneven and cracked folding. This is where scoring comes in. Scoring refers to the process of making a crease to make the paper fold easier and lessen the cracks. A paper score is a ridge or indentation on…

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Why do my folded business cards crack at the seam?

Folded business cards add space and design features to what could otherwise be a humdrum card. But there are ways to ensure that your folded business card won’t have any cracks. One important factor is the folding direction. Always fold the card according to the paper grain. The grain direction…

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Do you offer custom edge painted ink colors?

Yes, we can do any PMS color. Just give us the number when you request a custom quote.

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Why is letterpress printing so expensive?

Letterpress printing is a tedious process – from arranging your designs using individual type blocks, to the inking and imprinting stage. It involves equipment and a certain level of craftsmanship that not many printers would have. As it is handmade, letterpress allows control and customization when it comes to fine…

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What is letterpress printing and why is it badass?

Letterpress printing refers to relief printing text and images, where handset wood or metal type is imprinted onto a raised surface, similar to a rubber stamp. Johannes Gutenberg might be credited with the invention of the letterpress in 1440, but it has actually been around much earlier than that. In…

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What is spot uv? Why do I want it? How is it made?

As you may have heard, UV coating refers to applying a clear liquid coat over printed designs. This is treated under ultraviolet light, drying it instantly. For some designs, spot UV is done instead. This is where you apply the UV coating only on specific areas of the printed design.…

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How high does the raised spot uv stick up?

Raised spot UV designs generally have a depth of 50 microns. That is enough to be able to feel the raised detailing on a card. With spot UV, you could highlight certain elements of your business card, such as the logo, image, brand name, and others.

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What’s the difference between “raised” uv or foil and embossing?

UV or foil stamping may not have the truly tactile feature of an embossed pattern, but just like embossing, they are effective if you want to highlight certain images or details on your card. Embossing involves creating a raised 3D effect on the stock using a metal die. The embossed…

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What’s the difference between embossing and debossing?

Embossing and debossing are design processes where you either raise or recess certain images on your material. Let’s discuss these two further. Embossing involves raising a logo or image to create a 3D raised effect. This is achieved using a metal die and stock (paper). The die is cut into…

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How deep or far out will my emboss stick out?

Embossing is an awesome detail to add to your business card. It adds depth to specific designs, and it has a nice tactile feature to it. When it comes to the depth of the embossed paper, take note that when you emboss on one side, the other side of the…

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How do I setup my artwork for foil stamping and embossing?

You need to create two mask files for design projects that need foil stamping and embossing. One has to be a mask file for foil stamping while the other is for embossing. To create a vector-based artwork, use industry-standard applications such as Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Foil Stamping Create a design.…

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How do I setup my artwork for embossing?

To set up your design projects for embossing, you must create a mask file using programs such as Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. Here’s what you need to do: Step 1: Set up your document. We have blank print-ready templates, which you can use to create your design. Step 2: Make…

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Do you offer laser die cutting?

Yes, we offer laser die cutting services. Also known as digital die cutting, laser die cutting involves high-powered lasers which vaporize, burn, or cut a design from any given material. Compared to traditional techniques, laser cutting offers greater precision and speed. You can fashion unique shapes using any material you…

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What the heck is a layered die cut and how is it setup?

Die cutting refers to the art of cutting custom or pre-defined shapes out of card or flyer paper. Multi-layer die cutting replicates this process using another card to give the print design more depth and dimension. To set up each layer of a multi-layered die cut, you have to create…

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