Letterpress Business Cards - Letterpress Business Cards
Letterpress Business Cards - Overview
Our letterpress business cards are deboss printed with hand-mixed PMS ink colors and are printed on 4 thick and premium letterpress papers, including: our standard 42 pt crane lettra, 42 pt light pink gane, 50 pt black board, and 42 pt recycled kraft chipboard.
What is Letterpress Printing?
Letterpress printing is a type of printing that creates an debossed impression in the paper leaving a tactile feeling of depth. Our design team's lust for print in conjunction with the beautiful nuances of this traditional printing method make for simply incredible business cards. Choosing Print Peppermint's modern letterpress studio means choosing a hand crafted and delicate production process performed by the most passionate lovers of print. This high end printing service creates only the most elegant of pieces - perfect for companies who want their business cards to show that their attention to detail is relentless.
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How Does Custom Letterpress Printing Work?
Checkout an quick animated video about how the letterpress printing process works.
Foil business cards with custom letterpress printing really make a bold statement. Add extra shimmer to your design with foil stamping in a variety of colors and finishes. There are currently 36 color / finishing options to choose from.
Foiling presses an opaque film on the card stock and since foils are 100% opaque, they allow for light color foils on darker paper stock, if you choose. The foils lay directly on the surface of the card stock with no impression on the finish.
Metallic Foils Colors: Gold, Silver, Copper, Black, Red, Pink, Light Green, Green, Light Blue, Blue, Light Purple and Purple
Gloss Foils Colors: White, Grey, Black, Red, Light Pink, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and Brown
Matte Foils Colors: White, Grey, Black, Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Light Blue, Blue, Purple and Brown
Hand-Mixed Pantone PMS Inks
Although many of our products are printed using 4-color / full color process, our letterpress cards are not. Every pms ink color is hand mixed, loaded, and verified.
When ordering you can designate your chosen PMS ink colors by using the pantone color swatches inside Adobe Illustrator or your preferred industry-standard design software.
We are also happy to take a look at your art and create a proof for you prior to placing your order. Simply email your artwork and project specifications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hand-Painted Edge Colors
Set your business card apart by adding bold colored edges! We offer this option with any of our letterpress stocks. However, the thicker the card stock, the more dramatic and bold it will be!
Simply, tell us what custom Pantone PMS ink color you want in the comments when ordering and we will create it for you!
Want the edge color to match the PMS color used on the front or back of your design? You, got it!
Custom Die Cutting & Specialty Shapes
Ok... so you've chosen to print letterpress cards - wise choice! But now you're ready to kick it up a notch and opt for die cut custom shape... like a Shuriken ninja star!
Custom die cutting for letterpress cards is available by custom quote only. Please visit our custom quote page, supply your preliminary art files, and one of our estimators will get back to you as soon as possible (usually within 24-36 hours).
In our humble (but expert) opinion, one of the most beautiful and appealing aspects of letterpress is the deep & rich impressions it leaves on the paper stock. All inks on letterpress cards can either be debossed into the paper or lay flat directly on the surface of the card stock.
- Debossing – presses into the card stock leaving an impression.
- Combo – debossing can be used in combination with flat inks.
- Flat – leaves no impression.
Duplexing / Triplexing
Want to sandwich multiple paper stocks together and make your letterpress cards look like an oreo cookie? Awesome!
To get started, request a custom quote.
What is custom letterpress printing?
Letterpress is the oldest of the major printing processes. It uses a plate with fixed raised surfaces and pressure to apply ink to the material. This pressure also leaves a slight indent (or relief) in the paper. As more cost-effective printing methods have been developed (such as Digital and Offset output), the usage of letterpress has declined greatly. However, the old-world charm of Letterpress has now become a highly sought-after look and feel. Letterpress is a very labor intensive process (compared to Digital and Offset printing) which is why it is a more expensive service. This specialty classic style output creates the most elegant pieces – perfect for wedding invites, special occasion flyers and premium business cards.
What paper stocks can I use for letterpress premium business cards?
Can I see samples of your letterpress business cards?
Yes, you can! You can see samples of our letterpress business cards along with our various other specialty business cards and stationary by ordering a sample pack.
Can I print a full bleed design with letterpress?
Technically speaking, it is possible to have a letterpress design bleed to the edge, however choosing letterpress for a full coverage background is not always recommended. The large solid coverage area can appear splotchy and inconsistent. Having said that, some designers / customers find this inconsistent effect desirable because it makes each card unique. Another alternative to a solid full coverage background is to cover the space of the background of your letterpress design with something that has a more minimal ink coverage, such as a background pattern. If you are unsure whether your design is possible / affordable for letterpress printing, please fill out a custom quote request.
Will my design work for letterpress printing?
Unfortunately, not all designs are appropriate for Letterpress printing. Below are some guidelines for Letterpress printing:
Recommended for Letterpress
- A small number of colours (1-3 spot colours work best)
- Vector graphics
- Solid shapes
Not Recommended for Letterpress
- A wide range of colours in the design
- Raster (pixel-based) graphics
- Gradients or shades/tints of a color
If you need help creating or modifying you letterpress card design, check out our design services page for pricing and package details.
Create A Stunning First Impression With Letterpress
It is important to choose the right paper when you're creating high quality premium business Cards. Letterpress paper is soft, yet thick and it is made to leave an impression. We pride ourselves on using letterpress printing to produce patterns, fresh lines & typography. This isn't something that you just create, it requires careful crafting and preparation to produce quality letterpress business cards. Note: When your art is being created, keep in mind that debossed inks and foils can have a slight show-through on the reverse side. We will do our best to reduce the pressure but we do strongly suggest you avoid print that backs up to art on the other side when printing on both sides. For the best results we limit double sided printing to only our heaviest letterpress stocks.
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Information on the symbols/color coding used in proofing.
Information/design tips for creating a successful final product. Please read this information.
Breakdown of how your design will be printed. All masks and print files will be displayed here.
Details of paper stock as well as the production methods listed.
A simulation of what your finished card will look like. Please note the final product will differ slightly from the mock up.
Details on contacting us and print policy.
We love and cherish our products and our customers! As a design minded boutique printer we take pride in our quality and craftsmanship. Choosing us will not only mean that you will get a high quality product, but also quick and helpful support from a team of print industry experts.
Only The Best!
Our products are carefully curated and tested so that we can ensure the highest quality of work. Printing on a state of the art 4 color offset presses at 500 lines/inch as well as stocking only the choicest papers, foils, and inks it's safe to say, we don't make standard cards only exceptional ones.
Our designers and research team are constantly innovating and remixing our products to provide you with unique specialty cards. By experimenting on new paper stocks and combining finishes in new ways or by pushing the boundaries of design, we are always working towards creating new products that will help you stand out from the crowd.
We stand behind our products. By company policy every project that comes into our hands is proofed and approved by the customer before we print. In the unlikely event that there is a problem, the amazing Print Peppermint Customer Support Team will work with you to fix it.
Very Friendly And Helpful
They really helped me in a bind when my request with another company fell through. Austin was very helpful and made the whole process speedy. My letterpress business cards arrived in time for my exhibition. They're great quality and exactly what I wanted.