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

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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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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.

Clear Plastic Business Cards

While we offer many varieties of plastic stock, the ones we get the most inquiries about are our clear plastics. We have noticed the most confusion is between our Clear (no white ink) and our Clear+White Plastic. These two plastics are the same, the only difference being that the Clear+White Plastic is able to print white ink.

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As for their similarities, both types of cards are bendable, thin and durable. Due to the transparency of our clear cards, we strongly recommend that you avoid thin, delicate lines, soft colors and small text or graphics. As such, your transparent cards will be easier to read and see when holding it in front of another surface. Keep in mind that your printed results will not look as saturated as on your monitor and that transparent cards can only be printed on one side. Round corners are standard on our plastic cards. Both will require 4-5 business days plus 2 days shipping. We require that all designs be done on Photoshop or Illustrator files.

Clear+white plastic

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This is the only clear plastic that can print white ink. This card is able to print white as well as back areas of color to increase visibility of design. The printing process for our clear+white plastic cards is that the color is printed first before the white.
Advisory Note: Remember when uploading your clear+white design files, remember to include a color file and a white file. The white file should know the exact areas for white ink should be shown in black.

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Clear Plastic (no white ink)

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Our clear plastic (no white ink) stock is the only one that is 100% clear. For design legibility, please avoid designs with texts alone and no background color as well as text/graphics that are similar in background color.
Advisory Note: On our clear plastic (no white ink) stock, any white areas of your design will be left unprinted revealing the clear stock.

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Design of the Month: March 2016

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Our design of the month is a creative corporate identity concept from Page One Web Solutions. Page One Web Solutions are a “multi-talented team comprised of experienced marketers, writers, web developers & project managers.” With combined experience spanning more than 50 different industries, Page One has the talent and know-how to provide you with stellar web design and internet marketing solutions.
Founder, Patrick Sullivan, took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about their quirky plastic cards.
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Company Name:
Page One Web Solutions
Website:
Graphic Designers:
Jeremy Lindemann & Shamus Alley
Social Media Links:
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Q:  Could you please provide a brief history of your company and the type of services you offer?  

Founded in 2006 by Patrick Sullivan and Patrick Robinson, Page One Web Solutions, located in Portland, Maine, offers web design, web development, and internet marketing services to our clients. We take the time to listen to our clients’ challenges and goals then create custom campaigns tailored to their needs. We specialize in WordPress website design/development, WordPress Multisite Development, WooCommerce eCommerce platform, SEO, Paid Search, and Google Analytics.

Q: Can you talk about some of the inspirations for your business card design? 

We did quite a bit of research to come up with the designs for our business cards. In our (digital) industry, many times business cards get thrown right into the trash after adding it to the company CRM. We wanted cards that were fun and unique, like our business, as well as memorable. We have found that, not only do people like our business cards, they are great conversation starters! We’ve even heard people say, “I want to collect them all,” like sports cards! This article was used as part of our inspiration.

pows_2Q: Portraiture is not something you see very much of in corporate business design. What were the motivations behind this design element? 

We wanted our business cards to have a personal touch – beyond our name, company logo and contact information. Since the cards would be transparent/translucent, people would be able to place the cards over their licenses or hold them up in front of someone to see what they would look like with those facial features.

Q: By the way, where did everybody’s nose and eyes disappear to? 😉 

Haven’t you ever seen: http://p1ws.me/1TeK3TB ? Just kidding! Items like noses and eyes were left out to keep the portraits on the abstract side while still allowing individual’s defining characteristics to be displayed, and allow these missing features to show through from the faces/pictures placed behind the cards. Over time, some portraits have included noses and eyelashes.

Q: How are you liking our opaque white plastic cards? 

We really like them! We still get lots of great comments and feedback about our cards!

Q: The thickness of our plastic cards is something people either love or aren’t happy with (we are hoping you are in the former camp.) What are some advantages or disadvantages you can see with the thickness of our plastic cards? 

Some advantages are that the thickness makes them unique than a paper card, especially helpful when you put your business card into a drawing (they tend to get picked!). Because of the material they also don’t rip and rarely fold. Some disadvantages are that they are a bit slippery feeling and hard to write on without a permanent marker.

pows_3Q: Did you consider other stock options, like clear + white plastic, before choosing opaque white plastic? 

We had originally considered a completely clear card, but we were concerned about legibility issues, so we went with a frosted/translucent one instead.

Q: A few other design elements that pop out are bold colors and bold fonts in all caps. All caps in particular is something many people use very minimally or shy away from completely. How do these elements represent your company? 

These are branding elements found in our logo and all our printed material. It was important to keep consistency amongst our brand.

Q: If you could pick any movement in art or graphic design that best fits with your company’s aesthetic, which one would you pick and why? 

Our design style takes elements from various popular movements, but particularly the Swiss Design style with its grid-based layouts, left-justified sans-serif text, and use of white space. We find that it is a strong fit for the verticals in which we work, allowing for high legibility, simplicity of presentation, and emphasis on areas of interaction and conversion.

Q: How was your experience with Morning Print? Anything we can approve upon?

Overall we have really enjoyed our experience working with Morning Print. The price and quality are unbeatable and our business cards always receive positive remarks when handed out. Turnaround times are amazing. They are something we’re all truly proud of.

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Morning Print would like to thank Page One Web Solutions for contributing to this blog post and their ongoing support of our products + services. For more information on Page One Web Solutions, please visit their website.