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!

Design & Style Advice: Pantone Spring 2018 Colors and Your Business Cards

With a new season comes a new set of color trends from Pantone and that means new color ideas for your business cards. While not all of Pantone’s Spring 2018 colors are being primarily used in business cards, most of them have been appearing in the most recent designs. Shades of navy and pink are still the two most popular colors for Spring, but we have new colors making an impact on business card designs as well.

It is important to remember that as a CMYK printer, attempting to recreate a Pantone color will not always be as exact and accurate as sticking with Pantone. But, if you are careful, you can get fairly close to Pantone’s trending colors for Spring 2018. Let’s get started.

1. Cherry Red is an orange-y red brings its energy to spring as well. Although it is not used in business cards often, when used it brings a bold punch and demands your attention.

Pantone Cherry Tomato

2. Little Boy Blue is a soft yet medium blue which gives a brightness to any business card design. A newer color for spring, this blue is used in many of our recent orders. While the brightness of the blue seems a bit casual, in smaller doses it can easily look professional for those in a more conservative line of work.

Pantone Little Boy Blue

Standard Coated Paper with Blind Press Embossing

3. Sailor Blue is a deep navy color, works as a neutral for a classic and rich look. This navy coloring is probably one of the most popular business card colors we have seen, still coming in strong from Winter. A clear favorite of those with a corporate card styling, it looks professional, timeless and trustworthy.

4. Arcadia is a shade of green which resembles teal. This shade of green is becoming more popular  this season. A good up and coming color to incorporate into business card for a cooler, cleaner and more modern look.

5. Harbor Mist is soft gray creating a subtle elegant and confident business card. Another favorite among corporate style cards this light gray adds enough professionalism without looking too dark. It is a no nonsense color while remaining fresh.

6. Lime Punch is a sharp neon yellow, and like most strong colors is not used often in business cards. But in certain designs, using this color in small details or as an accent or even as a small card, can give an youthful, energetic feel.

Pantone Yellow

2×2 Square with Spot UV

7. Chili Oil is a brown with red tones. It offers a rich and off beat color to business cards. It looks earthy and natural. We have begun to see this color come up little by little in business cards. It is an excellent choice for those with an edgy, eccentric, and more funky design.

Pantone Chili Oil Paper

8. Almost Mauve is an excellent option for an off white or cream coloring. It’s light ivory with soft undertones of pink creates a business card suited for delicate and fresh business card designs. This is a truly soft coloring which sometimes requires specific lighting to really notice the pink undertones.

Pantone Almost Mauve

Sumo Nouveau with Pearl Foiling

9. Blooming Dahlia is a coral color with stronger pink undertones to keep it from being too bright. It is a fun color that brings cheer and energy to any business card. A color that is not normally used, it automatically stands out from other designs.

Pantone Blooming Dahlia

10. Spring Crocus is a spring-y and flamboyant shade of purple for those with a fresh business card. Not commonly used, it is a more casual color for those with less of a conservative line of work.

11. Pink Lavender is true to it’s name and looks like a pink-y lavender. It looks like spring and freshness. An update to the pink shades from the past seasons, this color will add softness to any business card design.

Pantone Pink Lavender
If you wish to view Pantone’s article for the colors of Spring 2018, click here.

What You Need to Know: Matte Papers

MorningPrint’s most popular matte papers are Nouveau, Heavy Nouveau, Linen, Heavy Linen, Silky Matte, Heavy Silky Matte. Matte paper business cards are the preferred business card for those who would like an organic feel to their cards.

Matte Papers

1. What characteristics does matte paper have?
Matte paper refers to the natural state of the paper, with no added shine or gloss. Since matte business cards rely on the actual paper, designs should be made keeping the different matte paper characteristics in mind.

2. Matte paper may or may not include texture or pattern
Some prefer matte paper with no pattern, but this is not a standard characteristic of matte papers. There are papers, such as Linen and Heavy Linen which have pattern or texture and still have matte paper characteristics.

Matte Papers Silky Matte

Silky Matte with Glossy Gold Foiling

Silky Matte & Heavy Silky Matte
Silky Matte and Heavy Silky Matte are our smoothest matte paper business cards. These cards are smooth without being slippery giving it an overall soft feel without a coating or gloss. The natural roughness of the paper is simply flattened out. These papers have a natural crisp white coloring, creating a cool feel as a background for your design.

Matte Papers Heavy Linen

Heavy Linen with Glossy Gold Foiling

Linen & Heavy Linen
Linen and Heavy Linen have a woven pattern texture and the brightest white. These matte business cards tend to pop the colors in the design due to the bright white background. The pattern is more apparent on the Linen paper because it is thinner. The thinness also gives it a fresher feel. However, Heavy Linen’s thickness and rigidity tends to give it a more authoritative and high end look.
For more details please read Linen: The Most Professional Paper

Matte Papers Heavy Nouveau with Raised Ink

Heavy Nouveau with Raised Ink

Nouveau & Heavy Nouveau
Nouveau and Heavy Nouveau is a creamy white with no texture or smoothness. One of the purest matte papers we offer, Nouveau and Heavy Nouveau adapts well to any design, adding it’s natural elegance to any design.
For more details, please read: Nouveau and Heavy Nouveau: The Blank Slate

Design of the Month: March 2018

 

  1. Name: Tina Ross
  2. Company Name: Soda Back
  3. Website: www.sodaback.com
  4. Business Contact Email: tina@sodaback.comDesign of the Month March 2018
  5. Please give us a brief history of your business and some of the services you provide.
    We specialize in graphic design and marketing for hospitality and beverage companies. These types of businesses are our primary focus as we have a background in event planning and bartending. We provide logo (brand identity), menu, business cards, event flyer design and more! This particularly wedding-invitation set was done for a bar consultant colleague and his fiance.Design of the Month March 2018 Save the Date Back
  6. What was the goal of your design?
    The wedding invitations we did for Sarah and Aaron were meant to capture the spirit of their celebration in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The textures and colors pull directly from the buildings and flowers of the city. The map on the backside is an abstract representation of the location and energy of the wedding festivities.
  7. Why did you choose the Standard Coated papers?
    They are a true matte finish with durability and great ink absorption. Colors are always very vivid and rich!Design of the Month March 2018 Map Back
  8. Our favorite part of your design is the map on the back of the Parade Card. How did you create that effect for the back of the card?
    The map was created from a rough sketch of a city map that was altered in proportions to include all the wedding festivities. The affects and textures were created using watercolor and paint brushes in Adobe Illustrator. The couple asked for special elements such as the bride and groom, plants and flowers and their two pups. These tiny details made the map feel truly customized and special.Design of the Month March 2018 Save the Date
  9. We have never seen a black wedding never seen a black wedding invitation set, and yet it works beautifully. How did you decide on the color pattern, including Matte Gold Foil of the invitation and parade card?
    The couple wanted a richness and colorful celebratory mood to their wedding invitation set. Matte Gold Foil was an absolute must to give the invitation a little bit of polish. The colors come naturally from the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel cathedral and surrounding architecture of the city of San Miguel de Allende. The black seemed like a no-brainer that gave this invitation a rich contrast and helped make it feel more personal, more like them and less like other wedding invitations you see.Design of the Month March 2018 Invitation
  10. What made you choose MorningPrint?
    I’ve used Morning Print for the last 5-6 years. Their paper quality is the main reason that I love them, plus the ability for metallic foils and spot UV. They are absolutely my go to for an affordable and beautiful business card or flyer.
  11. How was your experience with MorningPrint? Would you recommend us to others?
    My experience was great. I did have some difficulty uploading larger files to their website (the wedding map file) but was able to dropbox them to their team, and they added the files to my order.
    Yes, I would definitely recommend MorningPrint.

 

Tips to Keep in Mind When Designing a Business Card

Creating the right business card for your business is not a simple task. It is not just about creating a unique design, it has to be the right design which not only represents your business, but will also serve it’s purpose of carrying information. Here are some tips from MorningPrint of what to keep in mind when designing your business card.

business card design blue saint james

Make Your Information the Star
Keep your information the focal point of your design by incorporating large fonts. Make sure the coloring is not too subtle, so that it stands out from the background. We also recommend using simple, crisp fonts over fancy or complicated ones. By keeping the text information the focal point of your card, you are ensuring that your information is successfully passed on through your business card. If you must use a smaller or thinner font, then we strongly recommend using stamped Foiling on your text to ensure legibility.

business card design pink die cut

Research before you buy
Each printing company has their own requirements for submitting files for printing. However, most printing companies use CMYK ink. Therefore, your design should be set to CMYK color settings.
You should also keep in mind that commercial printers require a good quality printing file. That means the resolution of your design should be set to at least 300 dpi. A low quality printing file leads to bad prints jobs, like blurriness.

business card design checkers

Try incorporating your branding into your card
Integrating your company’s brand into your business card is an easy way to promote your company’s message. You can do this by using the company colors or by using a certain font of your text. If you have the space, you can also incorporate small design elements that will accentuate your information. For example, the above card is for a beauty salon and they incorporate lips into their business card.

business card design black paper

Have a reason to use special effects
Every so often we get a client who wants to use Foiling, Spot UV, and Embossing all on one side of their design. It seems to be a common misconception that the more special effects used makes your card more special. The opposite is actually true. Too many special effects can be distracting from the information of your business card.

Follow the example for the business card above, which is for a graphic designer. He has Black Paper, which only allows foiling for his information. Since his text is foiled, he used a smaller font. And he kept the main focus on his laser cut logo. It is simple and natural.

business card design one and only

Rely on the material itself
If you stay patient and use your time researching the different products that we offer, you will able to pick up on which type of paper or plastic is best suited to your design.
For example the above card uses Heavy Nouveau paper with Bronze Foiling, Blind Press Embossing and a Hole Punch. But when you look at the card, you are still able to see the elegant, creamy white characteristics of the paper.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018: A Few Points

Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet
Conveying originality and ingenuity the magical ultra violet is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.

Ultra Violet Opaque White Plastic

Opaque White Plastic

1. CMYK Ultra Violet can be different than Pantone Ultra Violet
Pantone is exact, no matter on what type of material that is printed on.
CMYK printing creates a color based off 4 color groups; cyan (also known as blue), magenta (also known as red), yellow, and black. As you can imagine, combining 4 different colors gives a range of shades of the same color.

Ultra Violet Matte Gold Paper

Heavy Nouveau with Blind Press Embossing and Matte Gold Foil

2. Ultra Violet varies most when printed on plastic

 

Ultra Violet Clear Plastic



Ultra Violet can look quite different depending on the type of plastic it is printed on.
Clear Plastic (No White Ink): As a true clear plastic card, even the ink is transparent. This means Ultra Violet will appear transparent with a darker tint.
Opaque White Plastic: Ultra Violet will appear to be lighter shade because the original stock is a translucent white plastic card.
White Plastic: Of the different plastics, the most representative version of Ultra Violet because the original plastic stock it mimics the look of white paper.

3. Glossy options can alter the look of Ultra Violet

 

Ultra Violet Spot UV

Standard Coated 14pt Matte with Spot UV
Spot UV: A transparent, but flat lamination that can be custom applied to any portion of your design. Since it is glossy, it will darken the coloring of the design area it is applied to.
Watch the Spot UV shine here
Raised Ink: A transparent and raised lamination that can be applied to any portion of your design. As it goes through a heating process to create the raised effect, it can only be applied on a single side.
Standard Coated 14pt Glossy: A paper covered in a glossy laminate causing all printed ink to appear richer and more saturated than matte papers.

4. The five best Foiling colors to pair with Ultra Violet
Matte Gold
Matte Silver
Bronze
Hologram
Glossy Silver

5. Five Colors that pair beautifully with Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet with Accent Colors

Golden yellow- The boldest combination of colors, there needs to be a balance between both.
Soft pink-  A feminine pairing which subtly stands out from the Ultra Violet without distracting from the rich purple.
Light gray- The most professional combination, light gray is a neutral that will complement the bold Ultra Violet.
Bright Orange- The most modern color pairing due to the brightness of the orange.
Plant Green- The freshest color choice, it will be crisp

6. What to do if Ultra Violet is a little too bold for you

 

Ultra Violet Raised Ink

Aquarelle with Raised Ink
Incorporate the color into small parts of your design, like in your text. It will allow you to show you are up to date with the latest trends without the color becoming the main focus of the card.