Shake Up Your Designs with Die-Cut Cards

Designers & business professionals wanting to think outside of the box might find satisfaction in the option to die-cut cards. It involves cutting stock with a specifically-shaped metal die.

Die-cutting is a great way to provide impact & emphasis, leaving a lasting impression on the viewer. Cards can be cut to the same shape of your logo, or cut to a shape that represents your company’s product or services. This extra step in your final design can help you stand out among the crowd and draw in prospective customers.

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MorningPrint’s February 2015 Promo

February is here and it is time to save! Right now all the Pearl Plastic stocks are marked down 20% off at www.themorningprint.com. No coupon code is needed the prices have already been slashed and this offer will be gone at the end of the month. So if you are looking for a truly unique stock that will get you noticed then go for the Pearl!
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Don’t forget to check out our sample kits, you can check out the stocks before ordering: Click here for a sample kit.

MorningPrint Hint: Understanding the Margin of Error

Good Monday morning world! Today we wanted to talk about a common issue we hear about from our clients in the offset gang printing industry.

You set up your artwork for print. You use the guideline set up, your text is within the safezone.

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you submit your order and when you get it back the text is touching the edge of the document and the whole design looks off-center.

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Design of the Month for June is…

Hello! Here at MorningPrint, we receive many amazing designs, and we really enjoy seeing the creative process the designers go through. We enjoy seeing the results received after we send these designs to print. We would like to share some of these creative designs with you to help inspire you as they have inspired us.

c1Name : Jimmy González & Erick González

Website : www.leuxsolutions.com
E-mail : INFO@LEUX.DO
Order Details :
Black paper Glossy Silver Foil
Nouveau + Raised Ink (single side)


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Q : Briefly tell us about yourself, your company, and the services you offer:

A : We offer viable and innovative solutions putting aside conventional methods and providing ideas that will improve our customer proposals. Leux arises from the mixture of two minds and our task is to create, experiment and have fun every day.

The services we provide are: Motions Graphics, Video Production, Digital Marketing, Advertising, Project Startup, Branding, Webdesign. In short, everything you need for your company to stay in the mind of all its customers in a special way.

Q : After placing your order receiving the cards was not the end for you. You got creative after receiving the cards, made some cuts and had some assembly required. The end result was something truly unique. How did you come up with this idea to create a card with moving parts?

A: We must admit it was not an easy task, we needed something that awed people the moment they had it in their hands. After our “Creative Storm” and taking as inspiration the concept of interactivity, we tested, assembled and repeated over and over to reach this result.

Q : How did you select the stocks and options you chose?

A: Luckily we found a special place where we had a wide range of options to choose and our advantage was the samples that MorningPrint sent us. We did some tests with those samples until we finally decided on the Nouveau for the Rise ink and black paper for the foil, that gave this combination an awesome result.

Q : How did you make the cuts after receiving your card?

A: We had to make some cuts to the purple card, then with a “Circular Shaper 3/4” drilled the black card. The biggest challenge was merging both cards, for this we used eyelets and carefully we merged both getting the result you are seeing. Everything was done manually (Art & Craft).

Q : When working with your clients, how do you get to the bottom of the style / design / products you will offer them?

A: Our # 1 rule is to provide experiences with high attention to detail. We do our “Shoot ‘Em Up” session, in which we take the idea and analyze it from different points of view, thereby obtaining the sketch. After this, we do the proposals, obtaining stunning results.

Q : Any tips for our clients to consider when they are creating their business cards?

A:Think different, make mistakes because they help you to learn new things. Evolve your creativity, play with your idea and never forget to add the secret ingredient: To love everything you do.

Q :Any ideas for your next card? Different stock / options?

A: Rest assured that we will come up with something new, taking advantage of the products that MorningPrint offers. We’re thinking on a concept that plays with the perception of the viewer.

Q : How was your experience with MorningPrint? Did you experience any difficulties when using MorningPrint, or find anything to be inconvenient or inefficient?

A: Our experience was fantastic! We received a quick reply to all emails, all the answers were very clear. The delivery time exceeded the one shown in the website and the product we received was beyond our expectations. The best part was the love MorningPrint greeted us with, which is why our card has that special seal. We do not have a single complaint.

Special Offer from LUXE SOLUTIONS :We are offering 30% off for branding & design, 25% off for social media and 20% off for motion graphics & advertising. To take advantage of this special offer just mention MorningPrint.

Design of the Month for April is…

Hello! Here at MorningPrint, we receive many amazing designs, and we really enjoy seeing the creative process the designers go through. We enjoy seeing the results received after we send these designs to print. We would like to share some of these creative designs with you to help inspire you as they have inspired us.

Designer : Jacqui BallImage
Company : B:Creative Design Studio
Website : www.bcreativestudio.ca
E-mail : info@bcreativestudio.ca
Order Details : Die Cut Shape Card 026 + Spot UV (single side)

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Q : Jacqui briefly tell us and our readers a little about yourself, your company and the services you offer:
A : My name is Jacqui Ball and I am the owner of B:Creative Design Studio located in London, Ontario Canada. I provide personal and professional designs solutions for all my clients specializing in a wide range of graphic design solutions including but not limited to branding, corporate identity development, logo design, catalogue design, newsletter design, magazine design, Menu design, advertisements, flyers and Direct out design. With over 15 years of industry experience, from conception to inception, I deliver effective, clean and creative graphic design services. I am passionate about my profession and I love helping to bring people’s vision and ideas to life. I am truly fortunate to do what I love, and love what I do.
Q : As a designer you design for many clients and have so many ideas, how do you narrow down your ideas for your own card when you know the endless possibilities?
A: It’s true! Today there no limits to the endless options and the technological advances that allows us to bring our creative ideas to life. As a designer I am always very critical of any work that I do. I always want it to be the best and my business card was no exception. Knowing that my business card is a reflection of my abilities I knew it had to illustrate my creativity and have a WOW factor. That being said, after MANY different design ideas and having my designer friends critique my artwork – I decided that the uniqueness of the colour used, die-cut and UV Spot coating would represent myself and my business perfectly.
Q : Were you searching for Die-cut cards prior to creating these cards, or did the new MorningPrint die-cut card products strike your interest first?
A: Yes, I was searching for Die-cut cards as the ideas for my business cards was evolving. Personally, I love die-cut business cards because they are extremely unique. I think they stand out from the standard business card and provide the ability to convey your business to your potential customers in a stylish manner. I came across MorningPrint’s professional website and knew they could help me bring my ideas to life. MorningPrint had a huge selection of unique die-cut business card templates at affordable prices that I knew would work for me. The MorningPrint website was very user friendly and was the perfect choice for my design needs.
Q : You added a blind Spot UV to your die-cut card in a very effective way. Not only does it give a description of your services but adds a little something extra while keeping your card looking clean. How did you come up with this concept?
A: I had seen this effect used before and it added a little something special. I was looking for my card to look professional, unique but clean. I felt adding the Spot UV would give me the effect I was looking for. It is a subtle way that allows the client to see the other services I provide without cluttering up the card and making it look too busy.
Q : What information would you consider essential to have on a business card?
A: Aside from the essential name and contact information (phone and email) that is standard on most cards, I think that business card needs to have an identifiable logo, something that allows potential customers to easily recall your business and what services your business is able to offer.
Q : Any ideas for your next card? Different shape / stock / options you might be considering?
A: I have many ideas for my next cards. I have printed out the template selection for my clients and encourage them to step out of their comfort zones and create unique and fun die-cut business (with the help of MorningPrint of course 😉
Q : Any tips for our clients to consider when they are creating their business cards?
A: Hire a professional!! Graphic designers, like myself, have the experience in the industry to research industry trends and use this knowledge and ability to create the business cards that best displays the image the company represents. Give me, Jacqui Ball from B:Creative Design Studio a call and I’ll help you bring your ideas to life!
Q : How was your experience with MorningPrint? Did you experience any difficulties when using MorningPrint, or find anything to be inconvenient or inefficient?
A: I had a great first experience using MorningPrint. From their user friendly website, templates, ordering, to the print quality, I have nothing but positive things to say about their services. I would highly recommend using them as your printer on your next project!
Special Offer from B:Creative Design Studio : Receive 10% OFF your first order atwww.bcreativestudio.ca when you mention MorningPrint.

PET PEARL PLASTIC BUSINESS CARDS

We have one more week until our March sale is over. All our PET plastic pearl stocks are 20% off.

ImageOur PET plastic stocks are 0.22mm (6-7mil) they are ultra thin / light weight / flexible. They are one-of-a-kind and will definitely make a statement!

Our sheer pearl plastic stocks offer transparency which truly unique and eye catching. This stock is only available for a single sided design.
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Or standard pearl PET plastic offers a solid background so you can print a double sided design.Image

Keep in mind since all of these stocks have either a silver / gold background that any white areas in your design will be left un-printed revealing the stock itself. So if you need to express white areas this is not the stock for you. 

If you want to submit a complete design you can submit a document with the document size of 3.54″ x 2.28″. You will want to make sure to keep all text and graphics that you do not want to be cut off within the safe zone (blue line) 3.23″ x 1.97″. The trim line is the approximate area the cut will take place, because of the gang print cutting method the cut can shift in any direction 1-2mm, you will want to keep this in mind when laying out your design.

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Design of the Month for March is…

Hello! Here at MorningPrint, we receive many amazing designs, and we really enjoy seeing the creative process the designers go through. We enjoy seeing the results received after we send these designs to print. We would like to share some of these creative designs with you to help inspire you as they have inspired us.

ImageName : Jessica Schott
Website : www.foxfoto.com.au
E-mail : jess@foxfoto.com.au
Designer : Bjorn Schott 
Company : Fox Design Corp.
Website : foxdesigncorp.com
E-mail : bjorn@foxdesigncorp.com

Order Details

1. Heavy Nouveau Raised Ink (single side) Glossy Silver Foil Rounded Corners
2. Standard Coated 14pt matte 5 x 7 postcard + Spot UV
3. Uncoated Sticker 90mm x 70mm
4. Uncoated Sticker 90mm x 150mm

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Interview:

Q : Jessica, briefly tell us about your business and its history:

A : I have been running a photography business for a few years and recently moved to another state and so decided to rebrand my business to better suit the market

Q : How did you select your designer for this project?

A: Well he is my husband! LOL And he also had just started his own design business so I knew I would get a great design and also a good deal.

Q : Where did the fox theme come from?

A: Our family shield features a fox so the theme runs through into our businesses.

Q : What direction did you give your designer? How did you like the final outcome of the project?

A: I explained that I wanted something simple and yet elegant, something not over the top but that would grab your attention.

Q : Bjorn, please tell us a little about yourself as a designer, and the services you offer:

A: I have been working in partnership with a very talented young designer by the name of Sebastian Pizarro for a while whom is now the other member of Fox Design Corp. We offer services to various niche markets like wedding stationary, greeting cards, and personalized stationary for individuals, along with logo and website design or a whole identity for a company as we have done for Jessica.

Q : Your design inspires us, what inspires you?

A: I think that the things that I admire most are always the simplest and yet convey a strong message with very little, whether it is words or just a few lines. This is mostly because when you start with an idea it is very cluttered and it is taking the time to remove the clutter that leaves you with something poignant and interesting.

Q : This order used a variety of options for this project, Spot UVFoilingRaised inkRounded Corners. How did you decide on the options?

A: MorningPrint offers many different printing options that I have been wanting to try for quite some time, so when the client said that she was happy to try anything we recommended it was hard not to try all of them LOL. I think that foiling gives things a sense of class along with rounded corners and the cards won’t bend in the corners and maintain a more pristine look. The raised ink and spot UV also add a texture that give the cards a real premium and tactile feel that also shows off the pattern we designed in a subtle way.

Q : When working with your clients, how do you get to the bottom of the style / design / products you will offer them?

A: I think as a designer it is important to understand the clients business, and therefore how the design will help the business stand out and also how they will use their stationary, in order to offer them the best solution. For example if my client is a plumber we might try a simpler design to make them look more upmarket instead of a tacky graphic and slogan and I would steer them more to plastic cards due to their water resistance and ease of cleaning in case they get them dirty. I would not try and steer them to something that may be more premium but that would not be particularly functional or useful for the business.

Q : Any tips for our clients to consider when they are creating their business cards?

A: Given the amount of cards people receive all the time it is worthwhile putting some effort in making something memorable in both design and feel so that you have more chances of potential clients keeping your cards and not throwing them away.

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Special Offer from Fox Design Corp : We will offer a 10% discount to anyone that mentions MorningPrint.