Difference That You Can Feel

Bring your business cards to life with raised spot UV business card printing. This printing process introduces texture that can mimic the look and feel of certain products. You can also use it to bring attention to your business logo.

Having that texture on your business cards can be the one feature that sets you apart from the pack. It really is a difference maker.

Built to Endure Multiple Meetings

16 pt. cardstock raised spot uv business cards

Your business card will be made of durable 16 pt. cardstock that boasts of these features:

  • A durable and hefty cardstock built to withstand multiple handlings.
  • Features a velvet laminate finish that adds to the cardstock's thickness, adding it up to 18 pt.
  • The perfect choice for anyone looking to create a professional impression

Velvety Soft

Areas not covered by the spot UV coating will have a velvet lamination applied to it. It’s the perfect contrast to spot UV and will result in a silky smooth finish that's soft to the touch.

Go Beyond 2 Colors

Instead of traditional raised ink thermography, we use digital raised ink printing. What does that mean for you? With the traditional method, you can only print in 1 or 2 colors. Our raised spot UV business cards can be printed in a wide range of colors.

We can also print full images and not just text and logos as you would with the traditional method.


Can I add raised spot UV to the whole business card?
You can add spot UV up to 30% of the surface.

What does the surface feel like? Rough or smooth?
The surface would feel smooth which is the opposite of the traditional method.

How high will the ink be raised?
It will be raised by 50 microns which is about .05 millimeters thick.

What is turnaround time?
It’s the amount of time it would take to print your business cards excluding weekends and holidays. Shipping time is not included.

What’s the difference between raised spot UV and spot UV coating?
Raised spot UV applies more layers of ink to achieve an embossed effect.

Raised Spot UV 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 raised spot uv.
  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.
  5. Make sure there is a 1/8" (0.125") bleed around the trim size.
  6. The safe zone should be 1/8" (0.125") inside the trim line.

How to Prepare Your Artwork for Raised Spot UV Printing

  1. Create two layers that differentiate the areas printed in regular ink from the elements with raised spot UV printing.
    1. The regular CMYK layer shows which areas are printed in ink. The elements should show their actual colors and sizes on print.
    2. The raised spot uv printing layer only shows the elements that will appear in raised spot UV. The element(s) that will be printed in raised spot UV should have the same location as seen on the CMYK layer. Apply 100% K on the raised spot UV area and place the rest of the design in white.
    3. The images below show the difference between the two layers:

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  2. Alignment is crucial to the file preparation process. The CMYK and raised spot UV printing layers should both have the same size. Common elements must be in the same position on both layers.

Raised Spot UV 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 spot uv 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 spot uv. Color all portions for spot uv printing in 100% K. All other sections that will be printed in regular CMYK should be colored white.

View Raised Spot UV Business Cards Templates

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

Raised Spot UV Advantages

There are plenty of ways to maximize the raised spot UV effect on your business cards. Here are a few.

  • Highlight Logos – Your logo should always be the center of attention. Raised spot UV printing can shift the attention of a person to where it matters most.
  • Spotlight Products – You can apply raised spot UV on any image including pictures of your products. Let customers get a feel of what you’re offering.
  • Raise Minor Details – Raising ridges in your artwork makes for a completely different business card experience. You can also use the process to produce raised lettering business cards.
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