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Raised Metallic Foil Business Cards

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Raised Metallic Foil Business Cards - More Info

Summary

Now you can have the same raised, tactile effect available on our luxury spot UV business cards but with the benefit of a metallic finish. It's an effect that both looks stunning and demands to be touched.

Prepress:

Whether or not you request a proof, all supplied artwork files undertake our rigorous 10 point file check at no extra 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. 

Material:

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.

Laminate:

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 deliciously silky smooth matt laminate or the velvety peach-like texture of luxurious soft-touch laminate. 

Raised Metallic Foil:

Flexpress were the first in the UK to install the Duplo Dusense - a digital spot UV gloss embellishment system that adds a super-glossy, slightly raised, polymer highlight to selected areas of your card. This is ideal for highlighting pictures or logos, or simply for adding a dramatic finish, or texture that instantly demands attention. The spot UV is laid on top of your choice of laminate for even greater contrast. This is then enhanced even further by adding a metallic foil to the surface of the spot UV creating an incredibly realistic 3D metallic effect.

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 accurately. They're packed in durable and handy plastic boxes that hold between 100 and 125 cards.

Dispatch time (any quantity)

  • Sameday - Dispatched today*
  • Standard - Dispatched next working day*
  • Saver - Dispatched in 2 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 - Raised Metallic Foil Business Cards

What is the best size for a raised metallic foil business card?

The most common size for any business card, by far, is 85mm x 55mm in landscape format. Of course you can vary from this size in order to stand out but you should consider that bigger is not always better when it comes to business cards as there are considerations like: will it fit in standard packaging or business card wallets? Some companies vary slightly away from the standard size working on the basis that once your artwork is prepared, having an unusual size will tie you into their service but we believe that in the case of business cards, sticking to standard is best.

Are business cards still relevant?

With apps designed to transfer contact data and the likes of LinkedIn replacing physical networking some people argue business cards are no longer necessary but just as with any sort of printed marketing materials you can't replace the appeal of having something physical to touch and hold. In addition, your card presents an opportunity to differentiate your business and impress a prospect with both it's design and presentation. In 2020, a year of National lockdowns, Flexpress sold more business cards than ever before and we put this down to the realisation that you can't beat the impact of a printed card; particularly when it's embellished with a seductively tactile spot UV!

What's the most popular material thickness for business cards?

Once again there is the mindset in some quarters that the thicker the card, the better but we'd disagree which is why we, along with the vast majority of printing companies feel that 400gsm is the perfect weight and thickness for a business card. Lighter card feel cheap and flimsy but heavier feels like you're holding a piece of wood as opposed to a card. We believe that a perfect business card should be heavy enough to feel impressive but flexible enough to bend when in someones pocket or wallet and 400gsm best suits this criteria.

How is the raised foil done?

We start by adding a layer of our polymer based raised spot UV then run the card through a purpose built foiler which has soft heated rollers to enable the foil to follow the contours of the UV polymer. The foil itself has been formulated specifically for this process and adheres firmly to the spot UV.

What's the best material and finish for a raised foil business card?

Because this starts as a raised spot UV process, the best material and finish for our raised foil business cards is the same as for raised spot UV cards: 400gsm silk with a soft-touch laminate. Soft touch laminate contrasts perfectly with the high gloss finish of the metallic foil and provides the perfect base onto which the polymer UV can adhere. Our standard matt laminate also works well but it's best to stick with soft-touch if your raised foil design bleeds off the edge of the card as the matt laminate doesn't provide quite the same adhesion and it can chip at the edges. 

How thick is your raised foil?

Like raised Spot UV cards our incredible Duplo Dusense can print the special polymer as thick as 80 microns (0.8mm) which is just below the level of braille but this can present 'filling in' issues on some designs and fine text. To keep life simple, our operators will run your job at the thickest setting they believe will achieve the best result. In any event, you'll always be able to 'feel' the benefits.

What colours of foil are available?

Currently we have five colours available: Gold, Silver, Red, Blue and Green. If you haven't had one, please contact us to request a free colour swatch.

Does raised foil register accurately with the rest of the print on the card?

We use special registration marks which are recognised by a camera on the machine. This then adjusts the Spot UV position to perfectly register on the print. As the foil sticks to the spot UV, even hairline register is perfectly achievable.

Can I have spot raised foil on both sides?

Yes, you can select to have our raised spot foil on either one, or both sides of your card.

Can I have different coloured foils on the same card?

Yes but you'd have to request a bespoke quote as this option isn't yet available through our website.

 

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Artwork Templates - Business Cards
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
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Template ref: Portrait Business Card Template
Finished Size: 55mm x 85mm
Recommended Bleed: 3mm
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File Set-up Information
We would always recommend using Adobe InDesign or Adobe Illustrator to create your artwork, with the easiest way being to download one of our templates above and use that as your base. When exporting your file as a PDF, please ensure you select 'Press Quality' in the output settings, and ensure you have 3mm bleed and trim marks. We work to FOGRA39 colour standards too, so please ensure you are using that colour profile.
Adding the Raised Foil Layer
Need advice on setting up your Raised Foil effect? Please watch our handy video tutorial on youtube by clicking here, or download a sample file in the software of your choice by clicking one of the following icons:     

File Check

All files supplied go through our 10 point file check

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