Painted Edge Business Cards

Business cards are a fantastic way to get creative when promoting and marketing yourself. Sure, if you’re a Wall Street banker you’ll want to stick with a subtle off-white coloring, tasteful thickness, maybe even a watermark– but we think you’re looking for something a little more… cutting edge.

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Targeted Business Cards

Because we could.

This is the answer to the inevitable “why we did it” that you will ask. We were sitting around and wanted to really show the difference that paper stock can make. Sure, we could have pulled out our micrometer and made some charts. But, does the internet really need more infographs right now?

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5 Reasons to Avoid Cheap Business Cards

So, you think you should save a few bucks on your next business card order. Any of these sound familiar?

  • “I’ll just go GarbageBusinessCards.net and get some of those free cards.”
  • “Hey, can you grab me some of those perforated sheets down at Office Shack?”
  • “Doesn’t the copy shop on the corner have clip art you can choose from?

We’ll level with you: Sure, we’d love if you printed your next business card order with Jakprints. But, this article isn’t a sales pitch. This is a motivational speech for investing in you and your business. You don’t have to buy an expensive business card to look good, you only need to avoid a card that looks cheap.

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Business Cards We Love

Here at Jakprints we love looking at all the great ideas that our customers come up with. Check out these phenomenal Business Cards that have crossed over our desk recently.


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1. We love the look of this 16 pt. Soft Touch Business Card. The sleek design pairs perfectly with our Soft Touch coating — it gives paper a satin finish and a touchable, rubbery feel. Their use of gold foil stamping keeps it both simple and elegant. Every detail is covered in this design, even the slight rounded corners to soften the look of the final piece. Marvelous! 

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2. Our friends over at Inked Glass really wanted to make their artwork pop. With the use of a custom die line and neon green painted edges they definitely have a card you won’t forget.

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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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Top 5 Printed Products Of The Week (12.31.12 – 1.4.13)

This post was published and formated for an old version of the blog.

When we get the chance, we like to dig in and pull samples that we think are creative, well designed, unique and just plain awesome. But we’re not selfish, so we post our favorites on the Jakprints Tumblr everyday for you to see.

We’ll post all five products from the week into one blog post so you can see what you missed, what you like and what may inspire your next project.

Monday December 31, 2012 & Tuesday January 1, 2013

Did you really think we’d be posting on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? We we’re having too much enjoying the time off and bringing in the new year, we hope you had a blast too. Happy New Year!!

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Top 5 Printed Products Of The Week (12.24.12-12.28.12)

This post was published and formated for an old version of the blog.

When we get the chance, we like to dig in and pull samples that we think are creative, well designed, unique and just plain awesome. But we’re not selfish, so we post our favorites on the Jakprints Tumblr everyday for you to see.

We’ll post all five products from the week into one blog post so you can see what you missed, what you like and what may inspire your next project.

Monday December 24, 2012

We hope you’re enjoying the holidays and we’re pretty excited for the festivities to begin! Here’s a little humor for you in place of our Product Of The Day – Santa and his Elvis’s – haha. We knew you wouldn’t mind seeing as it’s time to relax and enjoy time with the ones you love.

Here’s a little more fun for you – if you want to watch Santa and his travels try the Norad Santa Tracker! We are. Happy Holidays!

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Top 5 Printed Products Of The Week (11.5.12-11.9.12)

This post was published and formated for an old version of the blog.

When we get the chance, we like to dig in and pull samples that we think are creative, well designed, unique and just plain awesome. But we’re not selfish, so we post our favorites on the Jakprints Tumblr everyday for you to see.

We’ll post all five products from the week into one blog post so you can see what you missed, what you like and what may inspire your next project.

Monday November 5, 2012

Today we have some super cool full color circle vinyl stickers for Neck Deep Media. The stickers are for their logo which keeps with their independent vibe and public relations work with Indie, Rock, Pop-Punk, Hardcore, Alternative, Ska and Metal music scenes.

Product: Full Color Vinyl Sticker
Stock: Gloss Vinyl Sticker
Finished Size: 3 x 3″ Circle
Inks: Full Color


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Top 5 Printed Products Of The Week (08.27 – 08.31)

This post was published and formated for an old version of the blog.

When we get the chance, we like to dig in and pull samples that we think are creative, well designed, unique and just plain awesome. But we’re not selfish, so we post our favorites on the Jakprints Tumblr everyday for you to see.

So today, and every Friday, we’ll post all five products from the week into one post. This is a great way for you to see our printing capabilities, as well as inspire new ideas.

Monday August 27, 2012

Jakprints T-Shirts for Suck Clothing

Fear the Beard with this 3 Color T-Shirt for Suck! Clothing.

Product:Crew Neck T-Shirt
Garment Color: White
Image Location: Full Chest
Image Size – Width: 10″


Tuesday August 28, 2012

Jakprints Catalogs for Aftercare

Have a look at these 8-Panel Instructional Brochures we printed for InfiniteBody.com.

Product: Roll Fold Brochure
Stock: 100# Gloss Text
Flat Size: 27.94 x 8.5″
Final Size: 7 x 8.5″
Inks: Full Color
Finishing: Folded (3) times to create (8) panels – roll fold


Wednesday August 29, 2012

Jakprints T-Shirts for Stheart

Check out this comfy looking Raglan T-Shirt from Stheart Clothing.

Product: Raglan Shirts
Garment Color: Heather Grey
Image Location: Left Breast
Image Size – Width: 5”
Image Location: Upper Back
Image Size – Width: 11.95”


Thursday August 30, 2012

Jakprints Flyers for Drag Racing Swap Meet

Awesome illustration on this Flyer for a Vintage Motorcycle Meet for Lowbrow Customs.

Product: Flyers
Stock: 100# Gloss Text
Size: 8.5 x 11″
Inks: Full Color


Friday August 31, 2012

Jakprints Postcards for John Arthur Carr

Another great looking Business Card, this time from NY based graphic designer John Arthur Carr.

Product: Business Cards
Stock: 12pt. Gloss Card Stock
Size: 3.5 x 2″
Inks: Full Color

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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