Most business card printing services offer matte and gloss laminated business cards. If you use a matte laminate, the colors will be dulled down which will give it a subdued and sophisticated look. If black and deeper colors are used, however, it has the tendency to show fingerprints, scuffs, and scrapes. With gloss lamination, the colors are enhanced so they are more vibrant. This has a shiny finish and more glamorous to look at. The soft touch lamination or velvet lamination is more expensive but give the card a soft velvet feel like suede.
A matte laminated card can also be enhanced by using spot gloss highlights. The technique used here includes adding areas of clear gloss varnish to the business card. This creates an impressive contract with the matte laminate so that your business card stands out from regular matte laminated cards.
Your brand strength and credibility will be shown with a foil blocked business cards. In foil blocking, the use of metal dies, pressure, and heat to apply foil to business cards. The most preferred foils are metallic foils, particularly silver and gold because they create a finish which is difficult to obtain using traditional print manufacturing method. You can also use gloss, matte, and other special effect foils. These special effect foils include patterned foils, rainbow foils and brushed foils which change color when light is diffracted across the color spectrum. Special effect foils can also be called holographic foil. You can also simulate spot gloss varnish with a holographic clear gloss foil which makes the card change color in the light. Laminated business cards can also use foils. These are inexpensive because foils adhere easily to laminates. Foils are used on textured card stocks and colored cards. Foil blocking is also used for thicker cards since these are too heavy for printing presses. It is also not possible to print certain colors of specific card colors. A white foil with matte or gloss finish can be used for printing white text on black cards.
Embossed or debossed cards require the use of a metal die and a counterforce. Texts or images are pressed into the reverse of a card to create an embossed card. Here the front of the card produces a raised impression. Debossing, on the other hand, is the opposite of embossing. The metal die is used to create a deep impression on the front of the card. If you are using slim card stock, then embossing is most suitable. An embossed effect can be added to laminated cards and thin textured card stocks. Debossing is great for thick cards stocks because they offer a deeper impression.
Letterpress business cards are created on cotton, cotton mix or pulp card stocks. In this process metal dies are covered with letterpress ink and applied to the card using pressure which makes a debossed effect. This is great for heavier card stock.