Design & Style Advice: Spot UV

Depends a lot on what type of final design you would like to have
Keep in mind, there is absolutely no difference to the instructions of how to upload a Spot UV file.

blind spot uv vs ink spot uv

Use it for text

Spot UV is excellent to create a wide background design on the card. How you want that background design to be incorporated into the business card can go in two separate main ways.
1. Notice the text first, the Spot UV second:
2. Notice the Spot UV first, the text second:
This will look almost as though

Honeycomb
Honeycomb can extend across the background of the card
A popular pattern with Spot UV is a honeycomb pattern. This pattern is paired with this finishing option the most out of all other choices.

Create the logo with Spot UV
The logo with Spot UV will make you more eye-catching.

Geometric Design
When you have geometric designs on your business card, Spot Uv can make it a more 3D look on it.

How do I add depth to my design using Spot UV?
Depending on illustration and Spot UV design, your business card can have depth
This works especially well with illustrations. An illustration across one side of the card can set up the basis for depth.

White Spot UV?
There is no white Spot UV. All Spot UV is transparent. However, since the Spot UV is transparent, if you apply it over the card with no ink printed color underneath (blind Spot UV), and achieve the same “white Spot UV” look. If you wish to emphasize this aspect of your card, add a background color to every part except the Spot UV area.

What printed colors should I use?
Spot UV looks good against any type of coloring, but the look that works best for your design depends on what you want the final look to be.
-Most Spot UV designs MorningPrint receives have dark printed colors.
-Light, neutral colors tend to have a more subtle Spot UV because it is transparent.
-Spot UV looks good against the light, bright colors as well

What You Need to Know: The Difference Between Raised Ink and Spot UV

Our custom center and phone calls tend to ask similar questions regarding Spot UV and Raised Ink. Many assume these two different techniques are the same thing, when the truth is, they are not.

What is Spot UV?
Spot UV is a glossy, transparent lamination that lies flat on the designated portions of your text or design.
Spot UV is created by applying a glossy clear coating . We use a UV light to dry the Spot UV instantly.

Can I have a raised Spot UV?
There is no raised Spot UV. Continue reading because you could be looking for Raised Ink.

Differences Between Raised Ink and Spot UV Red Spot UV

What is Raised Ink?
Raised Ink is a raised glossy transparent material which is placed over designated portions of text or design. Raised Ink can be clearly seen and felt.
Raised Ink is created by placing powder on designated portions of the design and text. The card with the powder then passes through a heater which causes the Raised Ink to turn into a transparent, glossy, raised gel.

Is your Raised Ink actually raised?
Yes it is.

Differences Between Raised Ink and Spot UV Raised Ink Colorful

Can I have colored Raised Ink or Spot UV?
Raised Ink and Spot UV are both transparent material. They do not bring color into your design or text. However, you can print your colorful design/text with ink with Raised Ink or Spot UV placed over the colorful design/text. The transparency of both Spot UV and Raised Ink will allow the printed color to shine through.

Can I have Raised Ink or Spot UV on both sides of my card?
Raised Ink can only be done on a single side of a card.
Spot UV is able to be placed on both sides of the card.

What paper choices do I have for Raised Ink or Spot UV?
Raised Ink is available on many paper choices, with the most commonly choices being Heavy Nouveau, Heavy Linen, Heavy Silky Matte, and Vintage Kraft.  All paper business card choices EXCLUDING for the following: All Coated Stocks, Cameleon, Yupo, Sumo Nouveau, Sandwich Cards.
Spot UV only comes on a single paper choice, Standard Coated 14pt Matte.

Differences Between Raised Ink and Spot UV Green Spot UV

Will Spot UV or Raised Ink crack or break?
No, our finishing options are durable and can withstand wear and tear.

Can I have both Spot UV and Raised Ink?
No, because they are not possible on the same papers.

How will Raised Ink or Spot UV affect the colors on my card?
Since both Raised Ink and Spot UV are transparent, you will be able to view the printed colors underneath the lamination. But, because both these finishing options are glossy, the colors could appear slightly darker because they will be more saturated compared to the rest of the card.

What is Raised Ink or Spot UV used for?
Most people use them on their texts. But Raised Ink and Spot UV can be used to create designs. They can also be used to draw attention to a design element, let’s say a red circle.

Differences Between Raised Ink and Spot UV Orange Raised

How do I tell you where to put the Raised Ink or Spot UV?
The short answer is: Through your design files. However, the instructions change slightly depending on which design method you are using on our website.

-If you choose ‘Customize Designs’ (our Self Design tool)
This method is for those who do not have design programs, or only part of their design completed (like just their logo).
Once you choose this method you will be sent to our online template. Simply fill in your text and arrange the layout to look the way you wish. Make sure to upload any picture using the ‘Image’ button right above the template. When you finish, continue following the instructions until you reach the Finishing Options page. Make sure to select specific finishing option you want: Spot UV or Raised Ink. In that same section you will be able to specify what should have Spot UV or Raised Ink.
If you are selecting Spot UV, you can also select Single or Double Sided.

-If you choose ‘Upload a Complete Design’ (for someone who has a completed design file)
You will be submitting two design files. One labelled “Printing file” and another labelled “Raised Ink file” or “Spot UV file”.
On the ‘Printing File’ you will be putting everything that you want to have ink printed (this includes all colors and black/gray). On the ‘Raised Ink file’ or ‘Spot UV file’ you will be showing in an all black design what you would like done in Raised Ink or Spot UV. Make sure that the Raised Ink or Spot UV files align with the Printing file.
*If you are going to do double sided Spot UV, then you will be submitting a total of 4 files.

Inquiry: info@themorningprint.com

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?

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 & 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).

 

 

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.

Design of the Month: February 2018

Sprinkleandme

1. Name: Tegan Preston

2. Company Name: Sprinkle and Me

3. Website: sprinkleandme.com.au

4. Business Contact Email: sprinkleandme@gmail.com

5. Please give us a brief history of your business and some of the services you provide:
I am a hobbyist baker and have now decided to open my business offering unique, beautiful and fun cakes, cupcakes, sweets ect. Over time I would like to be delivering daily baked yummies to customers.

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6. Between your stickers and business card, you use the same color scheme and foiling, a clear example of branding. What did you want to achieve with your branding?
I have just re branded my business, with a new logo designed by Tres Chic Studio.  I wanted to have gorgeous colorful & modern branding for my business.  I felt the gold foil is striking and gives a sense of luxury.

sprinkleandmebox

7. Your Circular Sticker and Coated Sticker have different designs. Why are they designed differently and what will they be used for?
I have just re branded my business, with a new logo designed by Tres Chic Studio.  I wanted to have gorgeous colorful & modern branding for my business.  I felt the gold foil is striking and gives a sense of luxury.

8. What was the reason behind choosing our Heavy Nouveau paper?
I wanted something bright and light.

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9. Your business card includes Embossing overlapped with Foiling. Why didn’t you choose these finishing options for your fun design?
To be honest I couldn’t choose between the two different designs so I went with both.  I really wanted my logo to pop off the card.

10. What made you choose MorningPrint?
I was recommended by Tres Chic Designs and I was impressed with your pricing.

sprinkleandmefront

11. How was your experience with MorningPrint? Would you recommend us to others?
I found it very easy to order and the customer service helpful.  The shipping was extremely fast.  I will order from MorningPrint.

What You Need to Know: Economy Paper

We have a few options in our Economy Paper, varying in thicknesses and coatings. We assembled a few important points that are Need to Knows for our Economy Paper options. Here is a list of the available paper options:
Standard Uncoated 10pt
Standard Coated (10pt Matte)
Glossy Heavy Weight (UV Coated)
Standard Coated 14pt glossy
Standard Coated 14pt Matte
Standard Coated 20pt Matte: Thickest paper of the economy papers. The 2nd thickest paper of our entire stock

Economy Matte Silver

Standard Uncoated: The original paper stock
There is no coating on this particular option meaning the paper has a natural look and feel. It is a bright, crisp white and in this particular paper option, fairly thin.

Economy Red

What is our Standard Coating?
Our Standard Coating smooths out the the paper, removing any roughness from it. Depending on your personal preference of soft, it can be considered as a soft feeling paper. Due to the coating, the paper will not have a natural appearance or feel. It will look and feel much smoother and a little soft. The paper itself is matte with a crisp white coloring.

Economy Embossing

Standard Coating does NOT affect Finishing Options
Despite the Standard Coating, a majority of the finishing options are possible on these papers: Foiling, Embossing, Laser Cutting, and Hole Punching. Neither hole punching or embossing will crack the coating at any time. Laser cutting will not destroy the coating with it’s heat.

Economy Laser Cutting

Standard Coated 14pt Glossy & Glossy Heavy Weight
Standard Coated 14pt Glossy gives the brightest shine and richest printed color compared to the the other Economy Papers. It has two coatings; the first being our Standard Coating for a smooth touch, and the second coating for extra shine. Since the original paper for Standard Coated 14pt Glossy is a crisp white, the colors tend to show more.

Glossy Heavy Weight has the one layer of UV coating. It is quite reflective and does shine, but not as much as Standard Coated 14pt Glossy. The final color printing is saturated, especially when compared to matte papers. Apart from the shine, the actual paper itself is an off white cream based paper.

Economy Pink Foiling
Standard Coated 14pt Matte can do Spot UV
One of our most popular combinations is to have a matte paper with a select design area done in a shiny coating, revealing the printed design underneath. Standard Coated 14pt Matte paper with Spot UV provides one of the best final results for that type of design. Spot UV lies flat so it is visible to the eye but not possible to feel. Spot UV can be done on both sides of Standard Coated 14pt Matte.
View Spot UV here