Getting into Sticker Details

 

Stickers Matte Gold with Blue and Pink

Left to right: Uncoated Square Round Corner, Coated with Matte Gold Foiling, and Coated Rectangle Round Corner

Some time ago MorningPrint did an introductory article called Stickers which described each sticker we offer. It is a good introductory piece to all our sticker collection. If you have not read it, we recommend doing so before proceeding with this article.

Stickers Thank You

Left to right: Clear Circular with Glossy Gold Foiling, Uncoated Circular, Uncoated

 

What are the actual differences between Uncoated and Coated Stickers? What is the coating? Is there a shine?
-Both Uncoated and Coated stickers are made with the same kind of smooth paper. The only real difference between both of them is that one is coated, while the other is not. But this coating does lead to differing characteristics for each sticker, even though they are made with the same kind of paper.

-An Uncoated Sticker has no coating. It is a true matte sticker, without any shine or reflective qualities. Without any coating, there is also no protection against moisture, the weather or tearing. The original color of this sticker is a crisp, bright white, which makes any color pop. This sticker also has the ability to have very saturated colors.

-A Coated Sticker is the made of the same type of paper as the uncoated sticker, except it also has a laminate coating. This laminate coating has a high shine while making the sticker tear resistant. The coating also gives it some protection against moisture and the weather. While it has the same bright white of the original paper, the coating will make any printed ink more saturated.

Stickers Cluster

Clockwise: Uncoated Square Round Corner, Uncoated, Coated with Matte Gold Foiling, Coated with Green Foiling

How large can the stickers be?
MorningPrint offers standard sizing from 2.36 x 1.96 inches to 3.54 x 5.90 inches. However if any of your designs are outside these standard sizing, then we can print those as well.

Stickers Pink Cluster

Clockwise: Coated with Matte Gold Foiling, Coated with Glossy Gold Foiling, Clear Circular, and Uncoated Circular

Is Foiling possible on stickers? 
Yes, Foiling is possible on most of our stickers. We are also able to do Oversized Foiling on our stickers. The sticker options which do not allow Foiling are Metal, Hologram and Vintage Kraft Stickers.
Not all of our Foiling colors are available to do on Stickers. The following Foiling colors are able to be added to our stickers:
Glossy Gold, Matte Gold, Glossy Silver, Matte Silver, Blue, Red, Green, Black, and Hologram
– Watch a video of Matte Gold Foil on a Coated Sticker
– Watch a video of Glossy Gold Foiling on a Clear Circular Sticker
– Watch a video of Glossy Silver Foiling on a Clear Sticker

Stickers Vintage Kraft

Left to right: Clear with Glossy Silver Foiling, Uncoated Circular, Coated and Vintage Kraft

Eco-friendly Stickers
MorningPrint offers a selection of environmentally friendly stickers. They each have their own characteristics.
Vintage Kraft Stickers is made with recycled paper, making it completely eco-friendly. By being made of recycled paper, Vintage Kraft Stickers have a natural light brown color.

Durable Stickers are made of Yupo, a synthetic paper, which makes it water proof and tear proof. Durable stickers are more of a creamy white coloring, and completely matte. To view the effects of water on a Durable Sticker, click here.

Stickers Blue and White

Left to right: Uncoated with Matte Gold Foiling, and Coated

Clear Stickers are completely clear, like our PET plastic business cards. Our stickers are made of pp material, which is an environmentally friendly plastic. These stickers are highly reflective. These stickers can also be placed facing a car window, but your design will need to be inverse.

Silver PET is made of a PET material, which is an environmentally friendly plastic. The Silver PET has a light gray coloring with a slight reflective quality.

-Gold PET is also made of a PET material, an environmentally friendly plastic. It is only
available with our custom shape sticker.

Stickers Red and Black Foiling

Left to right: Uncoated with Red Foiling and Uncoated Circular with Black Foiling

One of our most frequent inquiries is what kind of sticker has the best tolerance to the weather?
The answer really depends on what you want the sticker to be used for and what kind of resistance you are looking for

If your priority is the paper part of the sticker itself, you should consider our Durable Sticker. Since it is made of Yupo Paper, it is both tear proof and water proof. That means the ink will not run if it gets affected by water, ensuring a perfect design.
For example, if you want it to go onto products which will be around humidity and water, like a shampoo bottle, we recommend our Durable Sticker.
Here is a video of a durable sticker being placed under water.

If the sticker is meant to be a label on a package, then we recommend Strong Adhesive Sticker. It is extra strength glue. Keep in mind the actual paper of the sticker will be our Uncoated stock.

If you want to use the sticker as a sign and just want the most use, then a good combination is Strong Adhesive Sticker and add the Coated Sticker glossy coating: The strongest glue with some protection against the elements.

What You Need to Know Stickers Gold Sticker

What is the Latest News on Stickers?
MorningPrint now offers Gold Stickers. However, it is only available with our Shaped Stickers. It will be one of the products listed that you can choose from. It is a PET sticker, meaning that it is also environmentally friendly.

Design & Style Advice: Summer Trends

With a brand new season, comes new styles and trends we have been noticing here at MorningPrint. We cover everything from bold new colors to gradients in this article.

Bold Colors: Yellow-Orange-Red

With Summer just around the corner, MorningPrint is seeing an increase in bold colored business cards. Specifically in yellow, shades of orange and a rich red. The color with the most variation is orange.

Orange ranges from golden yellow-orange to the color of an orange peel to tangerine. Although it first began appearing back in February, Orange is looking to be the surprise break-out color of the season, because of it’s ability to be both eye catching and professional. It works when used in small touches throughout the card, or be the main color of a business cards.

Patterns

From the start of 2018, we have seen an increase in business cards featuring patterns in their designs. The pattern itself is usually the focus of the business card. The color palettes are selected based on what will make the pattern appear more obvious. For example, a bolder pattern may feature one to two colors. The colors will be selected to create enough contrast to emphasize the pattern. For example, the green and white vertically striped Linen card.

A softer pattern may involve more colors, but they will all be within the same color range, for example, the Heavy Nouveau with Round Corners.

Within the pattern trend is a growing popularity with vertical stripes. Bold and classic, vertical stripes are appearing more and more within business cards.
Retro Designs

Retro designs are a perfect fit for Summer because they are usually fun and reflects both soft and louder colors. At MorningPrint, we have noticed that a softer feeling design or a detailed design (such as the pink Silky Matte pictured above) tends to have a softer color palette. However, simpler designs tend to incorporate a bolder color palette.

We have also noticed that retro designs can also easily combine with another recent design trend, geometric shapes (such as in the top card of Standard Coated 14pt Matte pictured above) to create a retro look which also feels trendy.

Gradients and Depth

Last year, minimalist and flat 2-dimensional designs had a surge in popularity. Starting with Summer, we are seeing a return back to designs with depth. This depth can be achieved with shadow, or raised finishing options such as Raised Ink and Embossing. However, other times it can also be achieved through another design trend, a gradient.
Like in the business card pictured above, a gradient can be used to show depth or

Movement

Summer Styles and Trends Movement

The final design trend for Summer can best be described as a sense of movement. Many designs are now featuring elements or papers that seem to dance under a certain lighting.
The most used option is Hologram Foiling, Hologram Paper or Hologram Plastic. The movement of the rainbow coloring as the light hits the hologram tends to give the business card a sense of movement.

For reference click here to view a video featuring Momiji on Hologram Paper with Hologram Foiling

For a second reference, click here to view a video featuring the Hologram Foiling sprinkle

New Product: Foil Edge Business Cards

With great pleasure we wish to announce our newest products, Foil Edge Business Cards. Available in colors Gold and Silver, Foil Edge Business Cards are by far, the most requested new product of this year. Two of the most important production details for this brand new product are the following:
1. Production of Foil Edge business cards is only 3-4 business days, not including delivery.
2. Most post processing options, such as embossing and foiling (on the front and back of the card) will not be possible on this product. However, punches and laser cutting will be possible

Foil Edge Gold and Silver

Foil Edge business cards are automatically processed using our Heavy Nouveau paper. Heavy Nouveau is a thicker business card with it’s natural paper texture and creamy white coloring. Now if you prefer a different type of paper to be used for your Foil Edge business cards, there are additional paper options of  Heavy Linen, Heavy Silky Matte and Heavy Star Dream. However, one must request these papers to be used in their order instead of Heavy Nouveau.

Since Heavy Nouveau is a little thicker, heavier and more rigid than a standard business card, it is able to reflect the Foil Edge better than other papers. The Foil Edge is even visible on an individual card. But, it is important to know that while the Foil Edge is visible on an individual card, it is not as apparent as when the cards are in a stack. The reason for this is not because of a lack of quality, it is because this is paper.

Foil Edge Individual Gold

Also, it should be known that Gold Foil Edge is more visible than the Silver Foil Edge. This is only because the Silver Foil Edge is close to the color of the paper, while Gold has a tendency to stand out a little more. This does not mean that Silver Edge Foil is nonexistent, it just means that depending on the light and the colors that is chosen to print on the cards, it can look as though the Silver Foil Edge blends with the paper a little more.

Videos of Foil Edge Business Cards:
Watch this video to see both Gold and Silver Foil Edge Business Cards in a stack
Watch this video to see Gold Foil Edge Business Cards
Watch this video to see Silver Foil Edge Business Cards

Foil Edge Individual Silver

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

 

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 🙂

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: 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.

What You Need to Know Clear Plastic Business Cards (No White Ink) Nail Polish Edited

 

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 & 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.