Duplex Business Cards
Duplex Business Cards are created by mounting two stocks of your choice together, to create a custom double thickness card. You can choose one of our popular combinations or let your creativity flow to make a truly unique business card!
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Duplex Business Cards
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Duplex Business Cards (previously named 2-ply) involve two stocks pressed together. This can be produced with two of the same stocks to double the thickness, or it can be done with two different stocks to allow for a different appearance on each side of the card, and add a layered look to the edge.
Most of our offerings can be found from our Duplex Business Cards page. If there is a combination not available from our standard options, you may request a Custom Print Quote and a member of our Print Estimations team will provide you with a quote.
How thick is a 2-ply business card?
Our 2-ply business cards can be created in any combination of stocks, so the final thickness will vary depending on your selections.
Any combination will be very sturdy and extra thick. As an example, our 2-ply W1S Brown Kraft and White Recycled Business Cards have a final thickness of 34pt - much thicker than a normal card.
What add-ons are available with 2-ply business cards?
Since 2-ply products are created with two stocks, they tend to be very thick in the final product. This is perfect for adding coloured edging, however please keep in mind that some coatings are not compatible with edge colour. If you want to order 2-ply cards with coloured edging, please submit a Print Quote request and our Estimators can let you know if your desired stocks will work with this add-on.
Other add-ons that can be requested with a 2-ply order (depending on stocks used) include die-cut shapes, foil stamping, screen printing and embossing. Please place a Print Quote request for these services.
Can I receive samples of 2-ply Business Cards?
We include two examples of a 2-ply business card in our Recycled Sample Pack. A 32pt Brown Kraft card sample is an example of using two of the same stocks to double the thickness. A 34pt W1S card sample is a great example of combining two different stocks as it uses 100% Recycled Brown Kraft on one side and 17pt Smooth Uncoated White on the other.
If you would like to receive samples of other unique 2-ply combinations such as W1S Wood or Premium Black, you can order them in a Specialty Sample Pack.
What is a 2-ply Business Card?
A 2-ply Business Card is a card created by mounting together two stocks. This can double the thickness of a thinner stock by adding an extra layer, or can be used to combine two different stocks for a unique look.
You may see 2-ply cards referred to as other names:
W1S simply means "White One-Side". W1S cards are a 2-ply card – with the back ply/layer being White.
3-ply is another way of referring to our Layered business cards. These are different from 2-ply cards in that they use three stocks pressed together. Usually the middle layer is made from colourful paper stock to create a unique layered edge look.
Can a 2-ply Business Card have a custom shape?
We can die-cut Layered products (such as 2-ply and W1S cards) to create hang tags, shaped business cards, or your own custom shape.
If you wish to have a cut-out shape in one half of a 2-ply product leaving the back side solid, this can be produced with laser cutting.
To request a quote for a layered products with a custom shape or laser cut-out, please submit a Print Quote request.
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Bleed Area refers to images that extend to the very edges of a design. To prevent an unwanted white border from showing at the edge of your design, or for the design to appear slightly off-center, be sure to extend any background colors or design elements all the way to the edge of bleed (.125” past the trim on all four sides).
Trim Area refers to the amount of the image that will appear on your finished product. These areas will also be marked with ‘cut lines’ on your proof and are where we aim to cut your card.
Safety Area in most cases refers to 1/8 of an inch inside of the Trim Area. For thicker papers 20pt and up or wooden papers the Safety Area increases ¼ of an inch inside the Trim Area. we strongly recommend you keep important aspects of your design such as text and logos well inside of the Safety Area, otherwise, they may be cut off.