Premium Papers

A common misunderstanding for Premium Paper is that each option under this category is a thick business card. While we do offer a range of thicknesses for this category, they are labelled as premium because they are imported from Europe. MorningPrint imports these papers from a company named Gmund am Tegernsee located in Gmund, Germany. Each of the papers from Gmund have their own unique appearances and characteristics.

Premium Papers Heavy Nouveau

Heavy Nouveau with Raised Ink

For most papers, there is a thick and thin version available. Every time we refer to a paper with the adjective ‘heavy’, it refers to the fact that that specific paper is a thicker option.
For example:
Linen and Heavy Linen
Silky Matte and Heavy Silky Matte
Aquarelle and Heavy Aquarelle

Premium Papers Sumo Nouveau

Sumo Nouveau with Laser Cutting

Nouveau and Heavy Nouveau and Sumo Nouveau- The paper family with the most thicknesses to choose from. Nouveau is the thinnest paper and is the only paper to be able to do Braille. Heavy Nouveau is slightly thicker than the standard business card. Sumo Nouveau is the thickest paper we offer in the company.

Premium Papers Heavy Linen

Heavy Linen with Raised Ink

Premium Papers also offer a choice of the type of texture you wish your business card to have. The entire Nouveau family, are true matte papers with a creamy white coloring and the paper’s natural roughness. Linen and Heavy Linen is a combination of gridlock texture and the brightest shade of white. Scotland is one of the thinner texture paper options, with a sharp deep texture and a bright white.

Premium Papers Scotland

Scotland with Raised Ink

Aquarelle and its partner, Heavy Aquarelle are a creamy white with soft, watercolor texture. Finally, in contrast to all the other textured papers, Silky Matte and Heavy Silky Matte are a bright white with all it’s texture smoothed out. If you run your fingers along this paper, it has a silky completely smooth feel.

Premium Papers Aquarelle

Aquarelle with Bronze Foiling

Within our Premium Paper selection are also environmentally friendly options such as Aquarelle, Heavy Aquarelle, Vintage Kraft and Yupo. Vintage Kraft is made of recycled paper and is the color of cardboard. As it is made of recycled paper, it has a little bit a of hairy feel to it. Yupo is a synthetic paper and does not have a paper feel to it at all. It is cool to the touch and a bright white.

Premium Papers Vintage Kraft

Vintage Kraft with Glossy Silver Foiling

Yupo also happens to be the most durable premium paper we offer. As a synthetic paper, it is both water proof and tear proof.

Premium Papers Heavy Silky Matte

Silky Matte with Raised Ink

With such a wide variety of Premium Papers, just about every finishing option is available to these papers such as:
Nouveau can do Braille
Laser Cutting
Foil Accent
Raised Ink
Press Embossing
Round Corners and Punches
Spot Color

 

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Design of the Month: June 2018

Design of the Month June 2018 All 4

1. Name: Mandy Schmall

2. Company Name: agf creatives

3. Website: www.agfcreatives.com

4. Business Contact Email: mandy@agfcreatives.com

5. Please give us a brief history of your business and some of the services you provide.
agf creatives is a re-brand and rejuvenation of my past graphic design business. For the past 7 years I was in director in the retail creative environment and last year I happily stepped away to start my own businesses. agf creatives focuses on branding design and creative consulting, specializing in bringing brands to life starting with the roots, the brand/identity, including logo, business cards and brand guidelines to ensure a brand is consistent on all platforms. agf creative also offers brand strategy sessions and consulting on creative process work flow for companies.


Design fo the Month June 2018 Foil Close Up

6. A big trend we have been noticing this season is to have small business cards, for example 2×2 inch business card. The unique part of your business card, is while the whole card is our standard business card size, the main portion of the design is within a 2×2 space. This gives your card the practicality of the standard size business card and also the pop of a small business card. Can you talk to us more about that?
I maintained the standard business card size because although my work is rooted in design, myself and many of my clients/potential clients are industry leaders and appreciate the “standard card” size, for functionality and professionalism, especially on the consulting side. I like to convey to everyone that I meet that I am strong in designing, but I am very operational and professional in all my businesses. I am not the designer that takes a week to reply or asks a question already answered, I respond in 24-48 hours with articulate clear answers and next steps In whatever process we are in. The short answer is, I am a blend a creative and operational expertise and I designed a card I felt emulated that idea.

7. Since your design is within such a small space, you used smaller font. While we usually recommend larger font, smaller font is the topic of most of our design questions to customer service. Your font was executed so well, can you explain how you ensured legibility?
If I use small font, as I did, I ensure it is highly contrasted with the background. Black copy on white background or white copy on a deep colored background. I also take into consideration the font type, the cleaner the font (san serif/not a script) the easier it is to read in small point size. Kerning is an important element not to forget, I increase the spacing to ensure the small letters don’t jumble together when viewing from a distance.

Design of the Month June 2018 Front and Back

8. The Blind Press Embossing of your business cards came out looking exceptionally well with the raised effect on one side and the indented pattern on the back. We can feel that clients do not feel comfortable knowing how to incorporate the indent into their back design. They either avoid embossing or they ignore the effect the indent will have on their design. Do you have any advice for those wanting to do embossing?
I LOVE embossing, but yes, it’s dangerous because it flips your logo when viewed from the back. If your logo can be mirrored, like a “bd” then I would totally incorporate it embossed by designing that as a key element, and letting the print support the embossing area. I design the front and back of the business card at the same time next to each other on my screen and I try to get them to work together, vs. being separate designs and embossing supports that the best. When I have an embossed area on the front I show it in light gray on the back and use it as an element to design from.

9. What were the reasons behind your choice of Heavy Nouveau paper?
Honestly I wanted to try this paper. I just designed my husbands cards and used another paper which I really like, so it was more of a comparison call.

Design of the Month June 2018 Close Up

10. What made you choose Glossy Gold Foiling over our Matte Gold Foiling?
I like shine, so that was an easy call for me, it supports the personality element of, me, in my card.

11. What made you choose MorningPrint?
I have used you to print many cards and recommend you to everyone. My experience is always great and you are wonderful to work with. I appreciate the shipping speed and the exceptional results I get with each card.

12. How was your experience with MorningPrint? Would you recommend us to others?
See above 🙂

Small Business Spotlight: Kristin Wadsworth Designs

 

1. How did you decide to study interior design? And how long have you been an interior designer for?
For ten years, I worked in commercial real estate which had a large focus on design.  However, the hours and travel were demanding.  My husband, Mike, is a homebuilder and I had been helping his business with interior and exterior finishes on the side and always enjoyed it.  After our second child arrived in May 2017, I decided to pursue a career that I not only loved, but would offer more flexibility.

2. Can you walk us through the design process?
For ten years, I worked in commercial real estate which had a large focus on design.  However, the hours and travel were demanding.  My husband, Mike, is a homebuilder and I had been helping his business with interior and exterior finishes on the side and always enjoyed it.  After our second child arrived in May 2017, I decided to pursue a career that I not only loved, but would offer more flexibility.

Small Business Spotlight Kristin Wadsworth Kitchen

3. What is your favorite type of space to create for?
Hmm, that’s a tough one.  When designing a new construction or remodel, I love having influence over the kitchen and master bath.  I think these are both spaces that are most widely used and want to put careful thought into not only how the room looks, but also how it functions to make it as effective as possible for its homeowner.   Before making a room beautiful, it should be practical.

4. What type of material is your favorite to work with?
I love a good marble mosaic

Small Business Spotlight Kristin Wadsworth Bedding Details

5. Do you have a design philosophy? If so, what is it?
You shouldn’t buy it if you don’t love it.  People usually like something the most in the beginning, so if you do not love it then, you won’t later.

6. What is the hardest part of being an interior designer?
Understanding what the client wants – many people that use an interior designer know they need help, but their tastes can be all over the board and can waffle back on forth with their goals.

Small Business Spotlight Kristin Wadsworth Samples

7. Do your clients go shopping with you when looking for materials or furniture?
Yes, sometimes.

8. For those who want to become interior designers, what kind of experience do you think they should be trying to get?
I think first and foremost, you have to have a natural eye and love for it.  If they have that, then working with different builders will help to from a foundation for different materials and styles.

Small Business Spotlight Kristin Wadsworth Giraffe

9. Where do you see trends of interior design heading?
I think people are going to see less use of plain whites and grays and more use of color.

10. Many people have a hobby or project that they feel might turn into a good business, but they are uncertain of knowing when it would be a good time to take that big step. How did you decide you were ready to have your own interior design office rather than working for a larger company?
(I sort of answered this in #1).  Stepping out on your own can mean an initial financial set-back.  I think it’s important for that person to feel financially secure with the idea of taking a vast pay cut in order to invest in their business and skillset. For me, I was able to save from my corporate job and have a good “nest egg” to fall back on while I get my business off the ground.

Small Business Spotlight Kristin Wadsworth Chair Close Up

11. What type of advice would you give other designers who are just starting out?
Be patient.  Remember this is a referral-based business – create a customer who will create customers.

12. How long is a typical work day for you?
There really isn’t a typical work day. My schedule revolves around my client’s needs and they vary on a daily basis.  I spend about 50% of my time in the office, and 50% at site visits.

Small Business Spotlight Kristin Wadsworth Bed

13. How important is social media to your business?
Very important.  Future clients rely on visuals to understand my style and how I can help them – Instagram is a great tool for this.

14. What kinds of questions should homeowners be asking their perspective interior designers?
How much time (i.e. budget) does the designer anticipate for their project?  Does the designer share their trade discounts?

New Products: Hologram Paper and Hologram Plastic Business Cards

Announcing our newest products, Hologram Paper and Hologram Plastic Business Cards.

About Hologram Paper:
Hologram Paper is a creamy white paper with a hologram coating on both sides. The hologram has all the colors of the rainbow, just like our other hologram products, Hologram Plastic and Hologram Plus Plastic. However, compared to them, the hologram is much softer.

Hologram Photograph

The hologram will be especially noticeable against dark backgrounds and dark colors.
This paper is especially good at printing photographs, but keep in mind that these photographs will have hologram finish placed on top of them.

Hologram Dark Background

At 14pt, which is the standard thickness of a business card, however Hologram Paper feels a little thicker in your hand due to it’s hologram coating. The coating also ensures that it will be durable and not easily torn.
To view the hologram on our paper business cards, click here

About Hologram Plastic:
Like our other plastic business cards, Hologram Plastic is made of PET plastic, which is a recyclable plastic. It is quite thin, being the same thinness as the plastic of a water bottle.
This plastic is made with a sharp, gridlock pattern of hologram on both sides of the plastic. The hologram pattern is similar to the pattern of our Hologram Plus Plastic.

Hologram Plastic

Instead of having a white rectangle, like what is found on Hologram Plus Plastic, the Hologram Plastic has custom white ink. The custom white ink can be placed wherever it is necessary in the design. However, it is important to note that the hologram is quite strong and can show slightly through the white ink.

Die Cuts: A Custom Shaped Business Card

MorningPrint offers 58 shapes, under our 58 Standard Die Cuts. Die Cuts require a total of 4-5 business days for processing, not counting delivery. No set up fee will be necessary for any of our Die Cuts.

Die Cuts Circles

Shape 07 with Spot UV, Shape 07 with Blind Press Embossing, Shape 06, and Shape 07 with Spot UV

All Die Cuts are automatically printed on Standard Coated 14pt Matte and as such will have the same finishing options as the Standard Coated 14pt Matte business card. That includes the following:
Foiling
Embossing
Spot UV
Laser Cutting
Punching
Die Cuts can be done on another paper, such as Nouveau and Vintage Kraft, but you must consult our printing team prior to making an order.

Die Cuts Round Corner

Left to Right: Shape 05 and Shape 22

Some of our most popular shapes are the following:
-Shape 06 and Shape 07: Circle; one of our most popular options from our Die Cut Shapes.
-Shape 08: Tag; one of the most versatile die cuts, this shape has been used as a price tag, an advertising tag and as a luggage tag for destination weddings.
-Shape 12: Camera; mainly ordered by photographers
-Shape 41: House; one of the top choices among realtors
-Shape 42-:Comb; a popular choice for hair stylists. Especially if all business cards must be kept on the same front desk, the comb will stand out from the other business cards

Die Cuts Tags

Shape 08

How to Order:
For those who have a designer or have a professional skill level on Photoshop/Illustrator, there is an option to download Die Cut templates in order to create a design. If you do not have that skill level or a designer, there is the option to work off the template under the Customize Designs option on the page.

Die Cuts Comb

Shape 42 with Spot UV

For Customized Die Cuts:
Any customized shapes must be sent in to our customer service representative for any questions and pricing. The design files including the trim and bleed lines must be submitted with the inquiry. Custom Die Cuts include even slightly altered versions of our 58 Standard Shapes. The plates to create our Standard Shape Die Cuts are already created, therefore any slight alteration will require a new plate.

Design of the Month: May 2018

  1. Name: Natalie Forder
  2. Company Name: Lost Kiwi Designs
  3. Website: www.lostkiwidesigns.com
  4. Business Contact Email: natalie@lostkiwidesigns.comDesign of the Month May 2018 All
  5. Please give a brief history of your business and some of the services you provide.
    I am a young, but vibrant business with roots in Graphic Design. I started a jewelry label as an extension of my business and have never looked back! I still offer graphic design solutions for startups but have found my passion in the creation of truly unique accessories inspired by tranquility, minimalism and living the slow life.
  6. After looking at your cards, it is clear you incorporated your branding into your card. Can you discuss your branding between all the cards?
    My whole branding really comes together in a vibrant display mimicking the rainbows of colours one can expect from my shop. I made the watercolour myself to create the textures and offset it with the clean, fine lines of the gold foiling for a fresh and modern look.Design of the Month May 2018 Back
  7. Why did you choose this specific size, European size, for the business card?
    When it came to sizing, I went with the size that is most popular in Australia. It just so happens that the size is large and able to fit a great amount of detail on, offering a perfect canvas to work with.
  8. The kiwi logo is so charming. How did you come up with the design of a geometric bird?
    My little origami kiwi is a fusion design piece bringing two worlds together that inform my creations. It is a cute expression of myself as a kiwi and the Japanese influences from my travels that influence my growth as an accessories artist.Design of the Month May 2018
  9. What is the backstory behind your business’ name, ‘Lost Kiwi Designs’?
    I am a New Zealander at heart but have found life to be full of crazy adventures that have driven me to where I am today. I have always embraced getting lost and have found it a constant theme in a lot of my creative processes.I take all my inspiration from my adventures and enjoy supporting artists wherever I may get lost.
  10. Why did you choose Glossy Gold Foiling?
    This was a hard decision. I ended up with glossy gold foiling after picking up on some themes in my shop. I have quite a few gold pieces in my shop and find the colour stands out beautifully.Design of the Month May 2018 Front
  11. What was the reason behind choosing our Nouveau?
    I have always loved paper as you an see by some of my paper jewelry. I wanted a luxury uncoated paper that woudl represent the vivid colours of my design but is soft to the touch. Nouveau is just a joy to hold.
  12. You have several different cards and also stickers made with us. What are the uses for those different products?
    My product packaging is essentially a double sided business card! It saves on costs for my small business but doesn’t sacrifice quality. I got a bit creative and also created triangular cards that fit two on a business card, then I just cut them down. The stickers are used on my bags as well as sealing shipped products. It just strengthens the brand nicely and makes me that much more proud of my product.Design of the Month May 2018 Close Up
  13. What made you choose MorningPrint?
    I used to have a domestic printer, but their customer service and turnaround were shocking! I moved to getting my works printed in Europe as they offered the convenience, customer service and fast shipping but ultimately I had very little options for my designs through them. I found MorningPrint before my Christmas rush and absolutely love everything you offer and the options my designs now have.
  14. How was your experience with MorningPrint? Would you recommend us to others?
    I have already sent all the people that come my way for printing to you. I am ahead of the ball on that one!

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers

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MorningPrint has several environmentally friendly options to choose from in both our paper and plastic selections. Ranging in color, texture and material, they each have their own characteristics.

1. Vintage Kraft

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers Vintage Kraft

Vintage Kraft

Vintage Kraft is made of recycled paper pulp creating eco-friendly paper for business cards. Since it is made of recycled pulp, at times it is possible to feel a hairy texture on this paper. It also has a rich brown color, similar to the color of cardboard. Due to its dark coloring, black prints the best of all the other color choices.

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers Vintage Kraft Stickers

Vintage Kraft Stickers

We have also turned Vintage Kraft into a sticker, becoming one of the two eco-friendly sticker options from MorningPrint. It is also possible to choose this paper for both our post card sizes, 4×6 and 5×7.
An excellent finishing option choice for this business card is Foiling.
View Vintage Kraft with Glossy Gold Foiling

2. Aquarelle/Heavy Aquarelle

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers Aquarelle

Aquarelle with Raised Ink

A matte, creamy white textured paper Aquarelle and it’s thicker partner Heavy Aquarelle are another option for eco-friendly business cards. Both have received a certificate with a five star rating from the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) saying these papers meet their standards for forest management. As a watercolor paper, both absorb color well and reflect watercolor designs the best.
Aquarelle is available in our postcard sizes 4×6 and 5×7.
Our favorite finishing option to pair with this paper is Raised Ink.

3. Yupo

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers Yupo

Yupo

Yupo is a creamy white synthetic paper, which makes it an eco-friendly business card. Ironically, it does not have natural paper feel as it is cool to the touch and quite smooth.
At 9pt it is also our thinnest paper selection for environmentally friendly business cards. However, it is also our most durable because it is both waterproof and tear proof.
This paper was also made into a sticker, called Durable Sticker, for our strongest sticker and second eco-friendly sticker option.
View Yupo Sticker’s waterproof characteristics
View Yupo’s waterproof characteristics

4. Plastics

Eco-friendly Business Cards and Stickers Clear Plastic

Clear+White Plastic

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of our plastic business cards are made of PET plastic. PET plastic is recognized as a safe, non-toxic,  lightweight and flexible material that is 100% recyclable. This material is very thin, around the thinness of a water bottle.
We have a variety of options to choose from such as Clear, White, Silver and Hologram plastic business cards.
View Hologram Plastic Business Cards

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Design & Style Advice: Spring Trends

Design Elements

1. Large Fonts
Large simple typography dominates the designs of most business cards. We are seeing these large fonts mainly used in company names on business cards. While usually printed with ink, this design element can also be done in one of our finishing options, such as Foiling or Blind Press Embossing.

Spring Trends 2018 Large Font

From top to bottom: Heavy Nouveau, Standard Uncoated and Heavy Nouveau with Blind Press Embossing

2. Geometric Style
Geometric angles and designs are still going strong from last Fall. Geometric designs are not just restricted to patterns, they can also be done to create specific shapes and pictures. Geometric designs are usually clean and modern but can adapt to the branding of your business card. For the most part, geometric designs are done in Foiling to add an extra wow factor.

Spring Trends 2018 Geometric Designs

2×2 square with Hologram Foiling, Uncoated Sticker with Matte Gold Foiling and Die Cut Shape 8 with Glossy Silver Foiling

3. Mini Cards
Custom sized business cards are in style more than ever. From slim to square, businesses are looking to customize even their business card size. Although just about every size is possible, the most popular size is a square, 2×2. With just about every finishing option from raised ink to laser cutting available to them, these small cards live up to the phrase “big things in little packages”.

Spring Trends 2018 Custom Sizing

2×2 cards: Heavy Aquarelle with Raised Ink, Heavy Nouveau with Glossy Gold Foiling and Heavy Nouveau with Raised Ink

4. Leah Trib Productions
This design, which is well done by Leah Trib Productions is an excellent example of the latest design trend. The trend is created by focusing on the contact information. The design is geometric by including brackets to explain which type of information corresponds to what form of communication. In order to be executed properly, it needs several components to match such as: the company email, company website, and the social media account.

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A photo provided by a client on Clear Plastic (No White Ink)

Product Options

5. Foiling
Foiling in general is still the most popular finishing option for designers and clients. The latest trend show designs require foiling with an exact alignment. Designs with exact foiling locations are possible but need to be reviewed and approved by our printing team.
Designs are also utilizing foiling colors other than the neutral gold, silver and bronze more often. We are mainly seeing blue, green and red foiling colors come up in the newest designs, but pink is making appearances as well.

Spring Trends 2018 Foiling

Silky Matte with Green Foiling, Heavy Star Dream with Blue Foiling and Round Corners, Heavy Nouveau with Round Corners

6. Raised Ink
Raised ink, also known as thermography, is also quite popular and we can see it continue to be used in designs. Usually used in text and in logos, raised ink creates both a visual and tactile experience for whoever holds the business card. However, we are now seeing raised ink used to create subtle, and ingenious designs. The latest surprising use of Raised Ink was to create an intricate pattern across the side of the business card. Difficult to see, the intricate pattern of raised ink recreated the feel of texture on one side of the business card.

Spring Trends 2018 Raised Ink

Heavy Aquarelle with Bronze Foiling and Raised Ink

7. Thick cards
Thick business cards are in as high demand as ever. Rigid and stiff, thick business cards are synonymous with luxury and high end. At 32 pt, Sumo Nouveau is the thickest business card we offer. With such a thickness, it is possible to both see and feel the thick edge of these business cards. A creamy white matte paper, it does not have any shine or shimmer.

Spring Trends 2018 Thick Cards

Left to right: Sumo Nouveau with Debossing and Sumo Nouveau

8. Using different materials
Since late summer, the idea of using some material other than paper for business cards is growing in popularity. Our response to this trend are our plastic business cards. We offer a wide range from white, clear to hologram and metallic plastic business cards. All are made of PET plastic, which is an environmentally friendly material.

Spring Trends 2018 Clear Plastics

Clear+ White Plastics

9. Die Cutting
Now more than ever, business cards are meant to reflect your business’ branding and Die Cuts are the best way to achieve that level of customization. Although automatically done on Standard Coated 14pt Matte paper, it is possible to do a custom die cut on another type of paper. However the printing team will need to review and approve of the paper selection. We offer a range of Die Cut shapes to choose from, but can also do completely custom shapes and sizes. There is no set up fee for our Die Cuts.

Spring Trends 2018 Die Cuts

Die Cut Shape 007 with a Punch Hole, A custom Die Cut and Die Cut Shape 008

10. Spot UV
A flat lamination, Spot UV is glossy and transparent, allowing designated sections of design and color to show through. Due to it’s glossy nature, Spot UV will make the ink printed color appear more saturated (or darker). Another popular selection of many clients and designers, Spot UV is now used to create unique designs ranging from the more subtle (like the watch in the picture below) to the bold (like the hot pink card below).

 

 

What You Need to Know: Clear Plastic Business Cards

The Clear Plastic Family from MorningPrint consists of Clear Plastic (No White Ink), Clear+White Plastic, Clear Plus Plastic, Opaque White Plastic. All these plastic business cards have several characteristics in common.

1. PET Plastic- All our clear plastics are made of PET plastic, which is an environmentally friendly plastic, which is the same thinness as the plastic of a water bottle.

2. As a plastic, these business cards are prone to scratching, especially when rubbed against surfaces or each other consistently. For the best care of these business cards we recommend keeping them in their storage boxes and only take them out when you need them.

3. Due to their clarity, transparent plastic business cards can only accommodate a single sided design because a double sided design will overlap creating not design and legibility issues.

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Clear Plastic (No White Ink)
Clear Plastic (No White Ink) is a completely clear plastic business card. It as clear as looking through a glass window. In order to maintain this level of transparency, we need to use transparent ink. That means your designs will also be see through.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when using this product:

1. Thin fonts, light colors and small details are all difficult to view on this card.
2. This clear business card has a very clean feeling to it due to it’s transparency. Therefore, simple designs with plenty of clear space tend to pop more with this busienss card.
3. MorningPrint’s design advice for this type of business card is to utilize rich black through out most of the design as it can appear almost solid. Rich black color values would be-
C:20% M:20% Y:20% K:100%
In order to accommodate color, we suggest using them as accents in your design for either art or on information which is not the most important.

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Clear+White Plastic
Clear+White Plastic products are the same clear material as the Clear Plastic (No White Ink) meaning it has the same clarity as looking through a window. To maintain this level of transparency, we also use transparent ink. The main difference between these two clear plastic business cards is that Clear+White Plastic is able to print white ink on to designs.
The special part about our white ink is that it can be printed as is on the card, or it can be used to go behind your colored ink design in order to create a solid design against a clear card. In adding white ink behind your design, you will also be increasing legibility on your card. In order to indicate what part of your design should include white ink, you will need to submit a second design file where all white ink areas will be designed in all black.
If you do not wish to incorporate white ink behind your design, all printed areas without white ink will be the same printing result as if the design was printed on Clear Plastic (No White Ink).

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Opaque White Plastic
Opaque White Plastic is a sheer translucent card with slight white ink throughout. It is an excellent choice for intricate designs incorporating many small details and thin fonts. It also prints simple designs relying on a white ink background quite well.

The white tint throughout the business card makes any design printed on it pop a bit more. Colors will appear more saturated in the final printing result compared to the Clear Plastics.

As for it’s transparency, if someone looks through the card, objects close by will be very easy to see, but objects far away will be difficult to see.

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Clear Plus Plastic
Clear Plus Plastic is a solid white rectangle with a clear border. However, it should not be mistaken for a solid card, as it is still a clear business card with the ability for single side printing. The white rectangle centered in this card actually resembles our Opaque White Plastic, which allows light and images to shine through a translucent white background.
This card is also an excellent choice for those who small details or intricate designs. However, it also has a very clean feel to it, like the Clear Plastics (No White Ink), so the final printing result of simple designs with wide space for the material to shine through will pop more.

Design of the Month: April 2018

Name: Annie Lin

Company Name: Floating Forest Studio

Website: www.floatingforest.studio

Business Contact Email: hello@floatingforest.studio

Design of the Month April 2018 All the Products

Please give us a brief history of your business and some of the services you provide.
My hobby originally started in 2016 as a way to share my illustration art prints to the world. Slowly I expanded my product selection to include accessories like enamel pins, jewelry, and other printed goods after falling in love with the physical nature of having wearable art. In 2017 I finally turned my hobby into a real brand. My main source of business is selling pins and accessories, but I also do some branding and freelance illustration work as well.

Design of the Month April 2018 Back

After looking at your cards, it is clear you incorporated your branding into your card. Can you discussing your branding between these two cards?
I experimented with a series of different business card formats to find the best direction that truly conveys the personality of my brand. I wanted to play with how foil could elevate my brand and become an eye-catching art piece. Since my roots started in illustration, I really wanted my cards to not only convey my business information, but to become something people would want to hold onto. One card direction experimented with a more mature, conservative design (the foil on blue) and the other one emphasized a more playful, colorful approach (the full foil card with knocked out information). I’m definitely leaning toward the playful approach and would marry elements of it with the more mature approach in the future.

Design of the Month April 2018 Square Card

Why did you choose this specific size, 2×2 inch square for the business card?
I wanted something untraditional that would stand out while still containing all my important information. In my experience of being a vendor at craft fairs, you end up pocketing a lot of business cards or tossing them into a purchase bag so I was hoping this size would make it easier to be in the former group. I’m actually still experimenting with different sizes and formats for my business card. In the future I’d probably go a little larger and maybe break out of the square format as well.

Design of the Month April 2018 European Size

What is 2.75×3.75 inch cards going to be used for? The sizing is so customized, we got curious.
The dimensions of this card is the size I use for my illustrated backing cards on which I attach enamel pins. These cards usually share an illustration that is related to the design of the pin itself and the size allows me to include all my relevant information as well as make the product stand out on a display. This particular design is one I’m considering using for future wholesale items to create a unified look to my brand.

Design of the Month April 2018 European final product

Why did you choose Hologram Foiling?
The dimensions of this card is the size I use for my illustrated backing cards on which I attach enamel pins. These cards usually share an illustration that is related to the design of the pin itself and the size allows me to include all my relevant information as well as make the product stand out on a display. This particular design is one I’m considering using for future wholesale items to create a unified look to my brand.

Design of the Month April 2018 2 cards

What was the reason behind choosing our Heavy Silky Matte?
When I got my sample pack I immediately gravitated toward the Heavy Silky Matte material. The paper was so smooth and soft while having enough thickness and integrity that I knew it would hold up to showing off my product. From a business card perspective, it makes you really want to play with the card and keep it in your hands since it’s so pleasant to the touch.

Design of the Month April 2018

What made you choose MorningPrint?
A fellow designer recommended MorningPrint to me and, after seeing their cards, I was sold. The affordability and breath of options from press embossing to raised ink allows me to experiment as much as I want with my designs. I’m excited to try new options I hadn’t considered before because they’re so readily available. Looking forward to playing around with new paper designs soon!

Design of the Month April 2018 Hologram European Size

How was your experience with MorningPrint? Would you recommend us to others?
My experience with MorningPrint has been great so far. It’s been easy to order custom designs and the shipping turnaround is very fast. Customer service has been great and I feel confident in recommending this service to others!

Just a small feedback, it would be great if MorningPrint offered more variety of product options such as larger posters and greeting cards! I know you can probably get these made via the custom quote option, but it’s definitely a hurdle to have to reach out specifically and email with your information vs having default templated info readily available. I’d love to be able to come to MorningPrint’s website and quickly see what jobs other than postcards and business cards I can have made. I’d love for MorningPrint to be my one stop shop for everything beyond business cards one day.