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Duplex Business Cards
Duplex Business Cards
A standout in the world of print
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!
As well as being thick and durable, Duplex Business Cards have many other benefits. You can add embossing, without the opposite impression interfering with the design on the back of your card. If your design would best suit a textured or colored stock on one side, and a smooth or white stock on the other, you have the flexibility to make this a reality with Duplex Business Cards.
Duplex Business Card Inspiration
Greson business cards with spot uv, silver foil and file foil edges
Monster Cat Business Cards with 2ply and spot black
with 20pt cotton on back side
Duplex Business Card Pricing
Double the Thickness
Cotton and Colorplan makes a strong combination
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- Design Guidelines
Most Popular Questions
2-ply cards 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.
We have standard options for 2-ply cards that can be ordered right through our website:
32pt Brown Kraft, 32pt Pearl Silver and 27pt Cream Pulp are 2-ply cards created with the same stock on both sides to provide a thicker option.
W1S cards are 2-ply cards that have a white stock on the back, with many options for other unique stocks on the front. Regular options for this include Wood, Premium Black, Cork and Brown Kraft with white uncoated backing.
Premium Black W1S
Jet Black with White Uncoated
2-ply Colour Stock business cards use any two of our paper options from our Colour Collection of stocks. This includes using two of the same colour to double the thickness, or two different colours for an eye-catching effect.
Custom 2-ply Products
We have the capability to create a 2-ply card out of almost any two stocks we carry. For custom 2-ply cards, you can request a Print Quote from our Estimations team.
Please note that design considerations for 2-ply cards are a bit different than for regular 1-ply orders. See: 2-ply Cards Design Considerations.
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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Select Business Card Template:
Select File Format:
- Bleed Area
- Trim Area
- Safe Area
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.
Design Considerations for 2-ply Business Cards
If you are creating files for a 2-ply or 3-ply order, there are special considerations for this type of product.
Larger Safety Margin - We recommend to keep images and text a minimum 0.25” inwards from the trim line. This is a larger safety margin than most standard 1-ply cards, and helps account for the larger shift known to this product. If your files do not meet this guideline you will be sent a warning for “text close to edges,” or in some cases you may receive a File Error. Download the business card template for the larger safety margin here.
Border Issue - We are not able to produce a double border (border on both front and back) with this type of product. This is because registration is more difficult, and the border on one side would very likely end up off-centre. If you require a border on one side, we recommend to keep this a minimum 0.25” inwards from the trim line.
If the border on both sides is integral to your design, we highly recommend to change your order to a 1-ply product with Offset Output, such as the Mega Thick 24pt Cards.
Please also note that due to the thickness of the card, chipping of the edge can occur when the card is cut down. This is variable between what cardstocks are being mounted together, but we do recommend having full bleed on only one side of your card to avoid this.
2-ply Embossed and Debossed Products - Often a 2-ply card is ordered to hide the opposite effect of an emboss or deboss inside the two stocks, so the back is left unaffected for printing or so the back can also be debossed / embossed. We do not recommend this for uncoated stocks, as the mounting of the cards can damage the emboss / deboss on these softer stocks. Coated stocks are a much better choice for this type of product, however there are other design considerations that apply to each of these projects that are specific to the design. It is best to consult with one of our print specialists if you are interested in this product by requesting a Print Quote.