Metallic Print Business Cards

The Smart Choice: Go Bright With Metallic Colors

Metallic business cards make eye-catching conversation starters with their reflective ink. Attention-grabbing marketing pieces like metallic business cards help clients and customers easily recall the interaction you’ve had with them.

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premium 16 pt. cardstock metallic business cards

Metallic printing elevates your business cards to a whole new level. Apply it to your company name or logo to make your design shimmer. It is printed on a premium 16 pt. cardstock that prevents folds and creases during storage and distribution. It comes with a shiny gloss coating on both sides to protect your design.

The metallic finish can also be applied on one or both sides. Metallic business cards are available in different sizes with 2” x 3.5” being the most popular. Square business cards are also an option.

Spot UV Seals the Deal

Spot UV is a special coating applied to a specific area to add shine and texture. It blends well with metallic ink. Use spot UV to bring attention to business logos or product information.

Shine Bright, Shine Hard

Metallic business cards are best used for designs that feature lots of contrasting colors. Text tends to stand out more. And unlike foil stamping, metallic ink can work on most colors, even on color gradients.

It’s the right choice for graphic designers. Metallic business card printing gives them the chance to showcase their work.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the file set up process the same as regular business cards?
  • Yes, it is. If you need help setting up your file, call us.
2. What’s the difference between foil stamping and metallic ink printing?
  • Foil stamping is only available in 3 colors: copper, silver, and gold. Metallic ink printing can be used on a wide range of hues.
3. What’s the standard business card size?
  • The standard business card size is 3.5” x 2” which is also our most popular size option.
4. What’s special about your 16 pt. cardstock?
  • Our premium 16 pt. cardstock does not easily bend and has some noticeable heft to it.

Metallic Printing File Requirements

Keep in mind the following file requirements below as you create a design using our downloadable templates:

  1. The font size should be a minimum of 7 or 8 points. Avoid printing small text or fine lines in metallic.
  2. Border and stroke must be more than 1.5 points.
  3. Images and artwork should be at least 300 DPI.
  4. All files should be in CMYK color mode.

How to Prepare Your Design for Metallic Printing

  1. Apply metallic printing on lighter colors. The effect won’t be as apparent in darker colors.
  2. Create two layers to distinguish the elements printed in ink from the elements with metallic printing. Both files should have the same size.
    1. The regular CMYK layer shows which elements are printed in ink. Apply 15% K on the area that will be printed in metallic color.
    2. The metallic printing layer only shows the elements that will appear as metallic. The element(s) that will be printed in metallic colors should have the same location as seen on the CMYK layer. Apply 100% K on the metallic area and white on the areas with no metallic printing.
    3. The images below show the difference between the two layers:

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  3. Alignment is crucial to the file preparation process. The CMYK and metallic printing layers should both have the same size. Common elements must be in the same position on both layers.
  4. Check for a white "halo" around the knockout area or where two colors overlap on the layer. To prevent this effect on the CMYK layer, grow or stroke the metallic area in mask by 1 point. This allows the metallic silver to blend with the CMYK area, which reduces the appearance of a halo. Alternatively, you can add more color to the knockout area to reduce the halo effect.

How to Add Spot UV Elements to Your Artwork

You can also print artwork with both metallic and spot UV elements.

This requires a third layer that shows the spot UV areas, which you can create through the following steps:

  1. Apply a 100% K to the areas with spot UV printing.
  2. Make sure the spot UV layer has the exact same size as the CMYK and metallic printing layers.
  3. On the CMYK layer, add a 1/16” gap between the spot UV and metallic areas.

Metallic Business Card Templates

Our layout templates will show you how to format your artwork. This ensures your business cards print correctly. Follow the steps below to prepare your product for metallic printing:

  1. Create two layers on your file.
  2. The first layer shows the design in regular CMYK color.
  3. The second layer shows which areas will be printed in metallic. Color all portions for metallic printing in 100% K. All other sections that will be printed in regular CMYK should be colored white.

View Metallic Business Cards Layout Templates

Need help with our layout templates?
Please refer to our guided layout instructions.

Make Those Colors Pop

Metallic business card printing is not for the faint of heart. Metallic inks make colors bolder, making them ideal for businesses and professionals looking to make a statement.

Here are a few tips to make your metallic business cards effective:

  • Add Spot UV – With Spot UV, you can shift your customer’s focus to specific areas of your artwork like your logo and text. It adds extra shine and texture to make your cards stand out further.
  • Use Rounded Corners – Use rounded corners to literally take the edge off your cards. This makes them fit comfortably in your pocket and will less likely damage your wallet.
  • Choose Clashing Colors – To see the full effect of metallic inks, it’s best you use contrasting colors. Darker colors, while still noticeable, won’t stand out as much.
  • Have Fun With Text – Use bigger fonts. Metallic ink goes well with typography.
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