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Featured Specialty Finish

Edge Colouring

Edge colouring is a specialty finish where the side edge of a business card is coloured in a custom colour.

Business cards with coloured edges have a true wow factor. The perception of your business cards change from being a flat card, into a gorgeous, purpose-built tactile object which truly represents you.

When designing your business card with edge colouring in mind, consider highlighting the secondary colour of your brand on the edges of your card. Alternatively, a spectacular effect is achieved when the impressed design bleeds over the front edge to join the coloured side edge.


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    Edge Colouring

    Transform the perception of your business cards from being just another flat card, into a gorgeous, purpose-built tactile object which truly represents you.

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    Edge colouring is a specialty finish where the side edge of a business card is coloured in a custom colour.

    Business cards with coloured edges have a true wow factor. The perception of your business cards transforms from being just another flat card, into a gorgeous, purpose-built tactile object which truly represents you.

    When designing your business card with edge colouring in mind, consider highlighting the secondary colour of your brand on the edges of your card. Alternatively, a spectacular effect is achieved when the impressed design bleeds over the front edge to join the coloured side edge.

    A large range of edge colours are available, however these colours cannot be Pantone matched, and the applied colour may vary slightly from card to card.

    Edge colouring is charged at $190 for up to 1,000 cards, and is exclusively available with business cards printed on Crane Lettra 600gsm and Gmund Cotton 500gsm. Physical limitations currently prevent successful application on other paper weights, and all cards with die-cutting.

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    Foiling

    The features of foil printing add a captivating element to your business cards. From offering a subtle elegance, to bursting a flashy wow-factor, foiling is the specialty finish for business cards which aim to intrigue.

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    The features of foil printing add a captivating element to your business cards. From offering a subtle elegance, to bursting a flashy wow-factor, foiling is the specialty finish for business cards which aim to intrigue.

    Foiling works by letterpress hot stamping a temperature sensitive foil with a magnesium block. The magnesium block is chemically etched with your custom design, and can be pressed into your business card paper with moderate impression.

    White foil printing on black paper is a popular option to achieve a reversed, high contrast effect.

    A full range of colours are available from tones of golds and silvers, to spectacular options of coppers, blues, purples, greens, oranges, yellows, reds, pearls, whites and many more colours in between. Also available are a range of clear  and holographic foils. Tones are available in a glossy and matt pigment colours, and compatible with a large range of paper stocks.

    The cost for foiling starts at approximately $400, which helps cover the cost of producing the magnesium die.

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    Die Cutting

    With die cutting from The Distillery, your business card edges don't need to be square.

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    With die cutting from The Distillery, your business card edges don’t need to be square.

    Die cutting is a subtle, powerful effect that offers a strong and lasting impact. Choose from a range of round corners or bevel corner shapes, or design your own custom shape to carry your corporate identity system.

    To die-cut business cards, we laser cut the die-cut shape onto a template called a “knife”. The knife looks and acts much like a cookie-cutter, and is placed inside the letterpress chase. Business cards are then registered for position, and fed through the press one more time to pop out the custom shape.

    The cost for die-cutting business cards with a custom knives starts at approximately $290, depending on shape, size and complexity.

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    Laser cutting

    Laser cut business cards feature an exclusive crafted precision, worthy of closer admiration. A variety of unique laser-cut effects are available including etching, engraving and shaping of business card papers, woods, fabrics and acrylics.

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    Laser cut business cards feature an exclusive crafted precision, worthy of closer admiration. A variety of unique laser-cut effects are available including etching, engraving and shaping of business card papers, woods, fabrics and acrylics.

    Compared to die cutting, laser cutting offers a more precise, finer path of cut. It is a more cost effective option for custom shaped business cards requiring a smaller run. One aspect to consider with the laser-cutting technique is the effect of material burning from the laser beam. With careful planning, the burning effect can be minimised or the feature even embraced to create a captivating effect.

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    Glow-in-the-Dark Ink

    As children we were captivated by those stars we stuck to our bedroom ceilings. It's now possible to carry that special magic in your business cards.

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    As children we were captivated by those stars we stuck to our bedroom ceilings. It’s now possible to carry that special magic in your business cards.

    Sometimes, the best ideas need that special something. Glow-in-the-dark inks offer a functional talking point to the card that represents you.

    By day, glow-in-the-dark ink is an off-white, slightly pearlescent colour. By night, glow-in-the-dark lights up into a brilliant greeny-white glow.

    Life is more fun when the lights are off. Create your special card with glow-in-the-dark ink.

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