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Seven Important Questions to Answer in your Letterpress Business Card Quote Request

05-September-2017
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Business Cards
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by riseandshine

Duplexed Letterpress Business Cards with White Foil

Your business is one-of-a-kind, and your business cards should be just as unique. That’s why we provide tons of options to help you create the card that perfectly expresses the special kind of service you offer your customers.

It’s tough to wrap it all into a simple price list, so we also provide personal service to give you custom pricing and advice to help you arrive at the smartest approach for your printing project.

When sending an inquiry, answering as many of these questions as you can will help you get the quickest and most accurate response. We’ll be happy to help fill in the gaps and and answer any other questions you have, but including these seven key details will put you ahead of the game.

  1. Do you need your cards completed for a specific date?

Our turnaround time is approximately 15 business days after your order is booked. However, custom work may take additional time. A unique design may require a novel solution to print successfully on press. If you need to receive your cards by a specific date, please let us know right away so we can try to make it happen for you. We’ll be sure to let you know if we can’t accommodate your order, and we’ll try to recommend someone who can help.

  1. Do you have a print-ready design?

We can print your print-ready design, or we can collaborate on creating a design together. If you’d like us to print your design, we can provide the most accurate pricing when you include your design files with your inquiry. Even if it’s still in progress, a screen shot helps a lot. We’re visual people!

  1. How many cards would you like to order?

We can print as few as 25 business cards, but you’ll get the best value with an order of 250 cards or more.

If you’re ordering for a team, you may get the best pricing by printing multiple cards on a press sheet. For example, 250 Cards for a team of four people could be printed on a “4-up” press sheet, and each set would cost less than if they were ordered separately.

Our natural approach is to recommend the production method that delivers the best quality. The best approach often depends on the artwork itself, and we’ll review your design carefully to suggest options that will give you the finest results.

We’re also able to estimate for a range of three quantities, so just let us know if you’d like to see some options.  We love giving you options!

  1. What printing processes would you like to use?

We can print business cards using letterpress printing, foil stamping, screen printing, and full-color printing. We can also print with creative combinations of any of these options.

For example, you may request full-color printing on the front of your card, and letterpress printing with foil stamping on the back of your card. That could be a neat effect!

  1. What is dimension of your business cards?

Your cards are custom-printed and custom-cut to your specifications, so you can choose any size card that suits your design.  Square cards of three inches or larger may increase the cost over a standard-size card because of the additional paper they use.

Here are some  standards (but of course, feel free to be anything but standard):

  • United States: 3.5 x 2 Inches
  • Europe: 85 x 55 mm
  • Australia: 90 x 55 mm
  • Square: 2 Inches, 2.5 Inches, 3 Inches, or 3.5 Inches

 

  1. What kind of paper would you like?

We can print on practically any paper out there, so please let us know if you have something specific in mind for your project. Important things to consider are weight, thickness, texture, and color. You can send us a photo of the paper you’d like to use, and we’ll have a good idea of what it may be. 

We can even print on super thick papers, or mount papers together to create custom thicknesses that no one else has. You can opt to mount differently-colored papers together to create expressive combinations, like Kraft and Cotton, or Navy and Ecru. We call this process “duplexing” when we mount two sheets, or “triplexing” when we mount three sheets.

Maybe you wouldn’t like to use paper at all! What can you imagine with unique substrates like wood veneer, plastic or metal?

Let’s explore it together, and don’t be afraid to ask.

  1. Would you like any finishing options?

“Finishing” is anything that happens after the printing process. We lump a lot of things into this category, so here’s a list of some finishing options you could specify:

  • Cutting your card into custom shapes, a process called “Die Cutting.”
  • Adding a color to the edge of the card, called “Edge Painting.”
  • Adding a metallic foil to the edge of the card, called “Edge Foiling.”
  • Adding a hole somewhere in the tag, called “Drilling.”
  • Adding an eyelet to the hole, called “Eyeletting.”

As you can see, there are a lot of little embellishments you can add after the process. And there are likely more options we forgot to include . So if you have something special in mind, please let us know. If we can’t do it ourselves, we’ll always try to recommend someone who can.

Next Steps

Now that you know these seven pointed questions to get you a fast accurate price quote for you custom business cards, the next step is to send an inquiry. If you don’t know all these details just yet, we will be glad to help guide you there.

Request a Quote for your project now!