What’s great about embossing is that it adds a subtle flair to a business card. Printing photos or images onto a card for example, makes the design cluttered (there is only so much space), while embossing can add an image yet still keep the card looking clean. The image stands out because of the raised 3D effect and there is a premium feel when it comes to embossed business card printing.
For a guide on how embossed printing works and design guidelines have a look at our post here: In The Workshop – Design Technique: Embossed Printing.
Design Options: One option is to leave the embossing as it is (blind embossing) without adding any ink or color to it. Here are 4 other design ideas you can use when creating embossing on business cards:
Foil Embossed Printing: This is when you apply a special foil to the embossed area. You have a choice of matte, glossy or metallic (silver, gold) foils – Foil Embossed Business Cards Showcase Gallery.
Black Card Designs: There is a certain appeal to using black card. You can use black card with emboss printing to create luxurious custom business cards – ideally with white, gold or silver text – Design Gallery: Black Embossed Business Cards.
The DIY Route: If you’d like to save some money or would like to add a handmade touch to your business cards then consider opting for a hand crank embosser. Have thick business cards printed up with your name and details, and then you can have a custom hand embosser made up with your logo or other design element – and easily emboss them yourself (you can also use this embosser to emboss notebooks, stationary, or anything else really). You can even add in a stamped image with another design element – just like the Sommelier or Chancho business card designs below (Ideas For Creating Your Own Handmade Embossed Business Cards).
Alternative to Embossing:An alternative to having your business cards embossed is to instead have them debossed. Where embossing raises an image off of the card, debossing indents it into the card – Image Gallery: Debossed Business Cards Collection.
Examples of Business Cards With Embossed Printing:
Bar Lane Studios
Luxury Design: Alberto
Combining Printing Techniques
Embossed printing can be combined with other printing techniques to create premium business card designs. Foil printing can be combined with embossing, or coloring the edges (aka edge printing) of the card like in the examples below:
Liverpool Pub Premium Business Card Design
The DIY Route
If you are looking to create a more rustic and handmade business card design, why not go down the DIY route. This also works out in making cheap business cards for yourself – but good looking ones. One way of doing this is to order a hand crank embosser. This allows you to place the emboss anywhere, and on any card. Here are some examples of business cards that use a hand crank embosser – while stamps are used to print the details:
Handmade Sommelier Business Cards
You can even use ordinary household items to create an emboss:
You’ll need to make sure you get the right sort of card to make this work. Some work better than others.
Here is a DIY tutorial on how to make your own die cut metal plates to emboss with – using acid etching.
Here are some business card designs that make use of debossing:
Here are some links to companies who can create embossed business cards online:
For more top quality printers available around the world, head on over to our Directory listing which includes examples of their work.