Edge painting is just one way to make your business cards stand out.
Matt & Leslie contacted us a few months ago to print new business cards for Elizabeth Scott Photography, their Carolina based wedding photography business. We’re always happy to work with new clients not only because it’s a change of pace, but also because we get to look at a new portfolio. We thought their photobooth page was particularly cute, something we wish we had done for our wedding! Read more about their cards after the jump …
Probably the first thing you’ll notice about these cards is the edge coloring. The teal color used in the edging process was mixed to match the teal ink color in the letterpress print. We can match any ink color used in letterpress or offset so that the edges tie in to the design.
We rounded the corners of the cards prior to edging in teal. The round corners help to soften the look of the finished cards. We used a small corner radius (1/8″) which isn’t as noticeable as 1/4″ and 3/8″ which are typically used.
A 3D photo … notice the “floating” cards!
The cards are single sided and letterpress printed in three colors: blind, gray, and teal. The design was a mix of three fonts: Century Gothic, Trajan Pro, and Bebas Neue. We generally like to stay away from small type because of the difficulty in reproducing them on plates and in prints. Boy were we shocked when the 3.7pt text used for “PHOTOGRAPHY” and the rest of the type reproduced perfectly!
We used a 600gsm 100% cotton stock, mostly because the thickness of the stock is perfect to highlight the edge coloring. It’s what we recommend to most people who want colored edge.
The tree reproduces quite well as a blind press. We love blind printing – letterpress without ink – a lot but if you’ve never done it before, we don’t recommend using it on text. It can take a bit of experimenting to figure out what text and sizes show up best and are legible. The worst thing to do is to hand out a card that a client can’t read!
For more information on letterpress business cards, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and options. If you’re supplying a design, make sure to attach a pdf or image of the card even if it’s not 100% complete. If you’d like us to design a custom card, just ask we’ll be happy to let you know about the process!
Stay tuned this week for two different sets of wedding invitations we recently finished. They combine a mix of letterpress & digital and we think they’re pretty neat!