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Laminated Business Cards

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Laminated Business Cards - More Info


Laminated business cards remain one of our most popular options due to the perfect balance between a high quality durable card and an extremely affordable price.


Whether or not you request a proof, all supplied artwork files undertake our rigorous 10 point file check free of charge to ensure your printed job turns out exactly as you intend. Files are automatically imposed ready for printing in the most effective way to minimise waste. 


Flexpress use a substantial 400gsm premium, environmentally friendly 'A' grade, triple coated board which offers excellent properties for colour reproduction and holds fine detail well.

High Definition Printing:

All our business cards are printed individually using HP Indigo offset technology. You won't receive any products printed on beefed-up photocopiers from us - another reason we back everything with our total satisfaction guarantee.


Laminating adds a thin protective layer of plastic to the surface of the card giving it a delightful texture whilst adding durability. Choose from a high-gloss laminate, a deliciously silky smooth matt laminate or the velvety peach-like texture of luxurious soft-touch laminate. 

Precision Finishing:

Business cards are cut using our Duplo DC646 automated cutting machine - accurate to just 0.2mm. This ensures clean edges and even cards with tight borders are cut as accurately as possible. They're packed in eco-friendly, recyclable card boxes in quantities of 50 or 125.

Dispatch time (any quantity)

  • Express - Dispatched next working day*
  • Standard - Dispatched in 2 working days*
  • Saver - Dispatched in 3 working days*

*If ordered before 12 noon. Allow one extra day if ordered after 12 noon.

All orders are dispatched by reputable national carriers on a next working day service and will require a signature on delivery. This will usually arrive by 5pm although please be aware once goods have left our premises we have no influence on when they are delivered. You can upgrade to AM or Saturday delivery for an additional cost during the checkout process.

File Copies:

By selecting this option, the quantity of file copies requested will be packaged and dispatched to you separately to the rest of the order. They will be sent to your main address, by Royal Mail 1st Class, irrespective of where the remainder of the order is being sent. If you do not require this service and are happy to receive file copies as part of the main order simply add the quantity you require to the order and then separate them yourself on receipt.

UK company with a reliable track record:

Flexpress started life back in 1989 and are UK based keeping British people in jobs. Everything we offer is printed and finished in-house by us as at our modern, centrally based premises in Leicestershire. We're proud of our facilities and welcome visitors at any time.

Your satisfaction guaranteed

We take quality and customer service very seriously. Our right-first-time approach coupled with cutting edge technology and professional team mean we're confident enough to offer a total satisfaction guarantee. If through any fault of ours, there's an issue with your printing, we'll always arrive at a solution to leave you 100% happy.



FAQs - Laminated Business Cards

What's best for business cards 350gsm, 400gsm or 450gsm?

Flexpress only offer a 400gsm board because it offers the perfect compromise between a 450gsm board that many see as too rigid and a 350gsm board that can be seen as flimsy and cheap. Offering just one board thickness helps us keep costs down, avoid errors and improves turnaround times.

What is laminating?

Laminating is the application of an extremely thin layer of plastic over the surface of the card which serves to both protect the print and add a luxurious feel to the surface of the board. Laminating protects the card and adds to it's longevity which, considering you really want people to keep your card, is no bad thing.

How thick is the laminate?

Each different type of laminate varies slightly from just 24 microns thick (0.024mm) for gloss laminate to 50 microns (0.05mm) for our linen embossed laminate. Even the thickest laminate doesn't noticeably add a difference to the thickness of the card.

Can you write onto a laminated card?

Lamination doesn't accept normal writing ink well. Ideally you'd use a permanent marker. If you're looking for a card you can write on, choose our unlaminated cards, or appointment cards which can be laminated on once side only.

Is laminating suitable for membership cards?

Membership cards are generally plastic 'encapsulated', as opposed to laminated. Encapsulating seals the card within a solid plastic border and encapsulation film is generally much thicker than laminating film. There is nothing stopping you using a laminated card for a membership card but encapsulation is probably a better solution.

What's the best card to use for a laminated business card?

We recommend our 400gsm silk finish board for all of our laminated finishes. Silk coated board is slightly more substantial than gloss board of the same weight and due to ithe silky smooth surface holds detailed print better than uncoated boards.

What are the most popular laminated finishes and why?

Matt laminate is by far the most popular.  It offers extremely good value as a decent balance between protection, tactility and price. Secondly soft-touch laminate which, whilst considerably more expensive offers a luxurious velvety feel that's hard to resist stroking. Increasingly popular through recent events are anti-bacterial matt and gloss for obvious reasons but if you want your card to stand out, you should consider our linen finish or holographic laminate which because you'll find challenging to find elsewhere, will really make your card stand out.

Is there any such thing as a plastic laminate that can be recycled?

A new starch-based laminate is being developed which is the first truly environmentally friendly laminate on the market and as soon as it's commercially available it will be an option on our site. However, as your intention is to get people to keep your card and not dispose of it, maybe considering it's recyclability is missing the point?

How effective are your anti-bacterial laminates?

Special additives are blended into the film creating an anti-bacterial outer layer barrier. This is designed to kill 99% of bacteria that come into contact with the films surface. The film is also food contact safe and offers a realistic solution for the medical environment.

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Supplied Artwork Specifications – Business Cards

The Basics

All business card artwork must be supplied in the correct format that has been ordered. For example, if the order has been placed at 85mm x 55mm, the trim box on the supplied file should be set at 85mm x 55mm.

The artwork must be supplied with the correct amount of pages per PDF. For example, a single-sided business card order (Full colour printing to one side) must only have 1 page within the supplied PDF. A double-sided business card (Full colour printing to both sides) must have only 2 pages within the PDF.

For orders with multiple versions, please provide 1 PDF file per version. As an example, the supplied artwork for an order of 1500 double-sided business cards, split equally across 6 versions (250 of each version), should be 6 PDF files, each with 2 pages in the PDF.


Artwork Templates

Please select a template from the options below. Templates are available in Adobe InDesign, Adobe PDF and Adobe Illustrator formats.

Template ref: Landscape Business Card Template
Finished Size: 85mm x 55mm
Recommended Bleed: 3mm
Template ref: Portrait Business Card Template
Finished Size: 55mm x 85mm
Recommended Bleed: 3mm

Technical Specifications

For an excellent job, that's right first time...

Please ensure all artwork is created in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). When creating artwork for print, it's important to use CMYK because it's specifically designed to work with the four color inks used in the printing process (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). If you use RGB (which is best for digital displays), the printed result may not match what you see on the screen. Therefore, designing artwork in CMYK ensures that the final printed product looks just as you intended.

All Business Card artwork must be supplied with 3mm bleed, and a safe zone of at least 5mm. Please avoid placing thin borders, text or important images within this safe zone.

Please ensure any white text is set to knock-out, and not overprint, as this will result in the white text not appearing on the finished job.

For the best results, Flexpress would always recommend using Adobe InDesign, or Adobe Illustrator to create your artwork. With the best option to download one of our FREE artwork templates (as above) and using that as your base. However, please remember to remove the artwork template when supplying the artwork to us.

All raster images must 300 dpi to ensure your printed image is clear and sharp on your finished job.

When exporting your PDF files, please ensure you select ‘Press Quality' in the output settings to ensure all resolution settings and colour settings are all saved within the final PDF that you will submit to Flexpress. Please also ensure you are also exporting with 3mm bleed and crop marks.

File Check

All files supplied go through our 10 point file check


We use only high quality, responsibly sourced papers


Express, Standard or Saver dispatch options available


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