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How to Design Foil Stamped Business Cards

Posted by May Sun on

How to Design Foil Stamped Business Cards

Foil business cards are a statement piece for anyone who wants to make a great impression. They are printed on thick 16pt cards with either a matte or silk finish. A matte finish refers to a card that is non-glossy, whereas a silk finish gives your card a soft and luxurious feel. Customize your cards even further with a die cut shape and your choice gold, copper, silver, blue, black, or red foil (more options are available upon request).

Designing for foil cards requires a different type of file set up, but all you’ll need to do is separate the foil images from the non-foil. This means you will have to submit your front/back files with your desired non-foil design first. After that, you’ll submit files that include only the image you’d like to print as foil. Your foil files (aka foil mask) must be designed in black. On the CMYK color scale, “k” represents the color black. When using photoshop or illustrator, you will have to make sure that the foil image you’re designing is set to 100% K.

Keep in mind that for any design, first start your canvas out 300 dpi resolution. This will ensure that you get the highest quality image when printing. Remember to size your template with room for bleed (2.125” x 3.625” for standard business cards). If you’re designing cards with foil on both sides, you will submit 4 different files. If you’re just wanting foil on one side, then you’ll submit three files.

Here’s a simple breakdown of how to design foil stamped business cards: 

  • Submit 3 or 4 files with your desired background color.
  1. Front Design (without Foil)
  2. Back Design (without Foil)
  3. Front Foil Design
  4. Back Foil Design
  • Everything you want in foil must be designed in black (100% k) 

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