Embossed Business Card Design

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It’s time to be depressed! Everyone gets excited about a nice, embossed Business Card. Hell, we’ve seen billions of cards and embossing still stops us in our tracks.

To produce an emboss, your graphic is etched into two copper plates: the Plate (male die) and the Counter (female die). Acids are involved with the etching, it’s seriously pretty awesome.

Your final print is then stamped between the plates.  The dies complement each other so that when the stock is forced between them it causes the fibers to take their final, embossed shape. Debossing is a similar (and often misunderstood) process where the paper is stamped without the counter die. This results in recessed type and logos without the corresponding raised area on the reverse side.

Embossing works best with one-sided business cards, as your text and logos will appear backwards on the flip side. To avoid this subsequent effect, consider using organic textures or symmetrical patterns so that the areas that extend beyond the surface are viewable from both sides.

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Keep in mind that type and other small design elements should be spaced further apart than normal, as the embossing can otherwise cause close shapes to merge together. On business card stock, use 2 pt. line weight, and at least a 10 pt. font for all text.

The plate and counter dies generally add about $100-250 to the cost of producing business cards, so double and triple check your spelling and make sure that your contact information is set in stone for the foreseeable future.

If possible, avoid making your name or phone number three-dimensional so you will be able to reuse the same embossing dies on re-orders, or if you have multiple sets of business cards to order for additional employees.

Designing the Perfect Business Card

You don’t need us to tell you how vital new relationships are in business. So, how do you make a lasting impression in a world filled with the ephemeral? Well… a great personality is probably your bet. Unfortunately, you can’t buy one of those. But you can buy an awesome, well-design Business Card. What’s the look like?

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Customer Spotlight: Love Haiti Fund

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We LOVE our customers and the fantastic work they do! This week, we caught up with local customer Jeremiah Burris, founder of the Love Haiti Fund, to find out more about his organization and what they’re up to.

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Jakprints Salutes Veterans!

Veteran’s Day is this month, and it got us thinking about all the amazing people here at Jakprints. We’d like to spotlight some of our incredible employees who have served in the armed forces, and take the opportunity to say thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do!

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Shea Kvintus (Coast Guard) and Dave Ritchey (Navy)

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Mike Hutchinson (Army)

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Kevin Johnson (Army), Erik VanSwearington (Marines), Eian Malone (Air Force)

To all veterans everywhere: we thank you for your service!

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Okay, so it might be a little late, but our friends over at Go Media nominated us to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Not only did we boldly accept the challenge, but we put a Jakprints spin on it! Continue Reading…

Volunteering at the Cleveland Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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Jakprints-Employees-Walk-To-End-Alzheimers-9.19.14On September 21, some of our employees from Jakprints and IndieMerchandising volunteered at the Cleveland Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

The event, which took place at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, drew more than 4,000 people and raised upwards of $290,000 for Alzheimer’s awareness and research. Our very own Kit, Kate, Aruhn and Wanida were on hand to pass out water and granola bars to those participating. Congratulations to the Cleveland Alzheimer’s Association, the volunteers and participants who made the event a success!

 

Revving up Support for Pediatric Cancer Research

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Our friends over at Flashes of Hope/Kick–it do some pretty great things to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. Check out these awesome shirts for a recent event featuring NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon!

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Jakprints Employees get Fired Up

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If you recently drove by our facility, you may have wondered what was on fire. Nothing we couldn’t handle! Continue Reading…

Jakprints & Mahall’s LKWD Music Fest in SloMo!

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If you made it down to Mahall’s LKWD Music Fest on Saturday 8.23.14 and you stopped by our amazingly fun slow motion video booth then this is where you can view all the videos we made over the weekend.

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Origin Story – Limited Edition Posters

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Like any business, Jakprints started off small and grew over the years finding successes wherever elbow grease can be applied.  And like any business, the early stages were made easier by the helping hands of friends.  The first shirts at Jakprints were baked in parents ovens…we’ve come a long way since then. In the spirit of that same generosity, Jakprints has always strived to support independent and creative projects in hopes that others can find those same successes.

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