Translucent Plastic Cards

Our translucent business cards use a polymer plastic that diffuses the light as it passes through. This unique property allows for truly unique design elements such as watermarks or dual plane printing. The cards are printed by hand using traditional artisan methods. Each ink is applied to the plastic on separate passes. This allows us to reproduce artwork with fine detail and pixel perfect registration between colours. We have a broad range of beautiful metallic and pigment inks, ensuring your business card will stun prospective customers.

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‘To The Edge’ Graphics

Many of our competitors have chosen to automate the printing process. To do so, the blank plastic card has to be gripped on at least two sides as it passes through their automated printing equipment. This prevents them from printing to the edge of the card. We have chosen a different path. We take pride in the handcrafted nature of our product. Each card is aligned and printed using traditional techniques. Our choice to avoid automation means we can run rings around the limitations of more automated suppliers, including printing to the very edge if required. 

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Beautiful Metallic Inks

As well as standard pigment inks, we can apply stunning metallic inks to the plastic. Our range of metallic colours are vibrant and highly reflective; the ever popular silver being almost chrome-like. We even stock a diffraction ink that spreads the white light hitting its surface into the colours of the spectrum. 

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Dual Plane Printing

The translucent nature of the plastic means that text and graphics printed on its back can be viewed from the front. This allows us to create compelling visual effects with rear side printing appearing to sit behind graphics and text printed on the front face. 

 A schematic illustration, shown in isometric perspective, detailing the design features and specifications of the translucent plastic cards. These include the hand crafted nature of the printing techniques, the use of clear gloss ink to  achieve a subtle watermark and the dimensions of 86mm by 54mm, with a 3mm radius on each corner
  1. Each ink is applied to the plastic using 200°C of heat and approx 4 tonnes per sq/inch of pressure. This ensures a strong bond between the ink and plastic.
  2. Each colour is laid carefully on to the card on separate passes through the printing press. 
  3. We often incorporate a clear gloss ink. This creates a subtle watermark, making the printed area subtly more transparent than the unprinted, frosted plastic.

Free Design Service

We provide a completely free design service to all customers who don’t already have artwork. Once we have collected a few pieces of information, our design team puts together an initial concept and first draft. We then create a photo-realistic digital mockup using our innovative proofing system. This shows exactly how the card would look once produced. Using your feedback, we make revisions until you are 100% happy with the layout. 

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