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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

What You Need to Know: Silver Plastics

To start, MorningPrint‘s Silver Plastic family is all made of PET material, which is an environmentally friendly plastic. This makes them all ultra thin, waterproof, bendable and difficult to break. A couple of important design matters to keep in mind are the following:
1. All of our silver plastic options have some sort of reflection or sparkle characteristic, whether it is shining like a mirror or subtle sparkles.
2. It is important to note that these products will alter the outcome of any ink printing due to their natural coloring.
3. The Silver Plastic family automatically has rounded corners.

Silver Plastic Black and Blue

Silver Plastic is a solid metallic silver plastic. It is reflective enough to be used like a mirror. It is unable to print white ink, meaning that any aspect of your design which incorporates white will show the metallic silver of the plastic card. The designs which work well with this plastic card are large and simple. The type of styles which go best with the characteristics of this card are modern, edgy, tech-y, and high end.

Silver Plastic Orange

Black ink coloring against the silver is a guaranteed out-of-box look. Another color to consider are medium to darker shades of blue. Keep in mind that the silver coloring will darken any color that is printed on these cards. Black and blue tend to create edgier and more modern looks. A color we almost never see utilized in this stock is orange. Orange stands out not only for its brightness, but also creates a funky high end look to the Silver Plastic. Keep in mind, wipe these cards down with a soft fabric to remove any extra fingerprints which may show with time.

Silver Plastic Black

Silver Plus Plastic is the most customizable silver plastic we offer. This card is made up exactly like the Silver Plastic, the only difference being it can print white ink. Although it automatically comes as a plastic card with a white rectangle and silver border, the white ink is highly customizable.

Silver Pearl Plastic

The white ink can be isolated to certain areas of your design, revealing the silver plastic on the rest of your card. Unless one is skilled at Photoshop or Illustrator, we would recommend contracting a designer to create a custom white ink design for you for our Silver Plus Plastic cards.

Silver Plus Plastic Custom White Ink

Silver Plus Plastic Custom White Ink Solid

Silver Pearl Plastic is smooth to the touch, but covered in glitter. A slightly lighter silver compared to other silver plastics it still darkens the shade of any color printed on it. Due to the blend of the sparkle and silver coloring, black ink against the Silver Pearl Plastic is enough to stand out without looking busy. No white ink is possible on this plastic, meaning that the glittery silver will be revealed in place of any white aspect of your design.

Silver Pearl Plastic Reflective

Sheer Silver Pearl Plastic is a transparent card with a light silver and gray coloring. Although not crystal clear, it is transparent, showing objects directly in front of it with great clarity. We recommend avoiding thin, and light colored designs because they will not be visible against this color. This plastic does not print any white ink, revealing the light gray-silver coloring.

Silver Pearl Sheer Plastic

Stickers

There are many uses for customized stickers, ranging from labels, letter seals, promotions, and even weddings. Foiling is possible for all our stickers except metal stickers. MorningPrint offers a wide variety of sticker stocks and it is important to learn about each one to know which one is right for you.

A full list of all our stocks can be found on our website under the section ‘Premium Stickers’.

Coated Sticker & Uncoated Stickers

Uncoated Stickers
Uncoated Sticker– There is no coating on this sticker and there is no shine to it. When you rub your fingers against the sticker, you will feel some resistance.

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Coated Sticker– This particular stock has a laminated coating that gives a high shine. Due to the protective coating, is tear resistant.

Durable & Strong Adhesive
Durable Sticker: It is made of Yupo paper (Read our blog about Yupo paper here). As such, it is the most durable of any sticker, being both tear proof and waterproof. If you need a sticker that can withstand strong elements, this is the sticker you need.

Strong Adhesive Sticker: A common misconception is that the strong adhesive sticker is the same as the durable sticker. This is not the case. Strong Adhesive means it has the strongest glue of any of our stickers, but the actual paper is same as our uncoated stock. This particular sticker will be best suited for packaging and labeling.

Silver PET & Hologram

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Silver PET Sticker: Good for indoor/outdoor. It has some resilience against water and tearing. If you want this type of plastic card, keep in mind that there is no white ink available on this type of sticker. Whatever you design with the color white will be left unprinted, revealing the silver PET. This particular sticker has high gloss and the color will reflect to the original silver background.

Hologram Sticker
Hologram Sticker: One of our top design experts strongly advise that when it comes to colors, not much is possible. While we strongly recommend to only use black ink on these hologram stickers, we also print one additional color. Due to the narrow color ability we offer, no full image can be printed on this sticker.

Clear & Vintage Kraft

Clear Stickers
Clear Sticker: Like our clear plastic cards, our clear sticker is completely transparent. It also includes a waterproof matte coating. It is fairly strong, and will not tear. An important note to keep in mind during your design process, is that there is no white ink. Therefore, any white areas in your design will be the original clear sticker stock. If you intend to use the sticker on a surface where the adhering side (glue) will be viewed, then reverse your design so all text and design appear backwards from the front.

Vintage Kraft Sticker
Vintage Kraft Sticker: Fairly versatile stock option for your designs. It can carry different types of looks on it. Can carry organic, homemade, antiqued, and even trendy look to it. Please avoid yellow, brown, and pastel tones to prevent your design from looking faded or washed out. There is also no white ink, so any white areas will reveal the original stock underneath.

Shape Stickers

For those who want their stickers in a specific or custom shape, this is the option that you would need. You can pick the type of sticker, which we explained above, that you would want to use with your shape. The available shapes we have are: Square Round Cornered, Rectangle Round Cornered, Circular, Semi-Circle, Oval and Heart. For those who prefer a different shape, you can submit a design to see if it is possible to do a custom shape sticker.

Custom Shape Sticker: MorningPrint is able to cut most custom designs and is only available on Uncoated, Durable, Silver PET and Clear sticker stocks. Our custom shape stickers are digitally printed, meaning we can print the custom shapes in small quantities.

Metal Stickers (Silver & Gold)
We offer printing drawings on metal sheets. The designs best suited for this type of sticker are graphic work or a black and white image. No color images are possible on these types of stickers. These sheets have a strong adhesion and will not easily come off. Detailed, intricate work is best suited for these types of metal stickers. It is excellent for patterns. We do not recommend metal stickers for rough surfaces, fabrics or any areas that may bend, or hold. It is also not advisable to reuse.

 

 

Unique & Utilitarian Yupo

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There are some people out there with dirty jobs. Jobs in construction, art, architecture, engineering or even the auto industry call for business cards that are going to stand the test of time and physical damage. People in these industries are in need of a durable card stronger than our typical paper options.

Paper made from pulp can tear and dissolve in water. Plastic is waterproof and tear proof, but will show the marks of everyday use/damage. So what are our options? Let me introduce to my old and often overlooked friend, Yupo.

Yupo is a synthetic paper, made from polypropylene pellets. That’s right, a paper that won’t harm our trees! It is tear proof, water proof and best of all, 100% recyclable.

Morning Print’s Yupo Paper can be used for a variety of applications, from packaging to print projects. Ink prints super sharp and beautifully bold. And if your cards happen to acquire some dirt, it will easily wipe clean with a damp cloth. Also available for stickers, all in all, this is simply a great card option for any industry.

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Yupo Pluses:

Super Smooth             Bright White

100% recyclable         Ink prints extremely sharp on Yupo

Wipes clean                Versatile uses

Will last a lifetime    Waterproof

Tearproof                    Chemical and stain resistant

 

More information on Yupo can be found on our website.