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Embossed and Debossed Business Cards


#1
Hi Everybody

Thought I'd start a thread to share my interest in letterpress embossed and debossed business cards.

This can be somewhere to post photo's of these type of cards - I don't suppose the source of the photo matters - either a card you've come across yourself or from one of the card design websites like cardobserver or cardnerd etc. - and to discuss the options and limitations of this process.

I'll kick off with a very minimalist card from one of the above sites for Milk Design.

It couldn't be more simple - but the black foil with a blind DEBOSSED logo looks great to me.

- David
 

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#2
I love it! Debossing and Embossing really interests me at the moment and I find myself numb to everything else as design using these techniques seem to really hit the spot at the moment! My knowledge of printing processes are so limited, is it a specialised technique? Is it hard to find printing companies that can deal with it well? And is it extortionate?

Looking forward to seeing more examples!
 
#3
Hello Squevasquidge

I'm pleased to hear of your enthusiasm for the 'old techniques'.

In answer to your questions: yes it's specialised and yes it's quite hard to find - expensive compared to litho these days - but not extortionate :)

I do these cards mainly as a hobby as I'm semi-retired - I first got interested in this process 40 years ago as an apprentice compositor (typesetter) - our main business these days is litho print.

Here's one I did a couple of weeks ago. It's foiled onto G F Smith's Colorplan 540gsm card - duplexed (different colour card each side).

Best wishes - David
 

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Terenzio contacted me recently for some cards for his architect business in Italy.

The black cards are DEBOSSED logo + clear gloss foil - the text is white foil.

The white cards are blind EMBOSSED logo - the text is black foil.

Both cards are G F Smith Colorplan 540gsm.
 
#7
Hi everybody

Just thought I'd add a couple of the more interesting cards I've done recently.

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This card was ordered from the island of Bora Bora, French Polynesia for a scuba diving business. The graphic is a White Tipped Shark - this card consists of blind debossing and black foil on Colorplan Pristine White 540gsm.

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The above card is blind debossed plus copper and grey foils on Colorplan Duplexed Dark Grey/Pristine White 700gsm.

- David
 

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#8
Really nice cards.

Thread reminds of this though
[video=youtube;4YBxeDN4tbk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YBxeDN4tbk[/video]
 
#10
Yes simple designs look best for this process.

The most popular business cards I produce are:-

GOLD FOIL and blind embossed (debossed) on Colorplan extra thick card (540 and 700gsm).