Embossed Business Cards
Stand out from the crowd
Take your business cards to the next level with embossing! The raised impression of embossing adds class and finesse to your design. Not only is it a truly eye-catching effect, but will make an impact through the raised texture of the business card itself.
Embossing makes elements of your business card literally stand out, raising areas of one side of the card as specified in your design. The opposite effect, having an impression on one side of the card is called Debossing.
A unique aspect of this printing technique is that you cannot have one effect without the other also being applied to the card. An embossed design will create a reverse impression, deboss, on the back side, while a debossed design will create a reverse raised effect, emboss, on the other side.
Embossed Business Card Inspiration
Pocky business cards with Embossed red foil
Peter R. Stevens business card produced with 3d embossed on 900gsm
Laura Zastrow Business Cards with Blind Embossing on Jet Black
Embossed Business Card Pricing
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3D Embossed Production Pricing
If you have your own design to submit, you can submit a Print Quote request to receive pricing and place a 3D embossed order. Please note, your design will need to be approved for this service before proceeding. Our Estimations Team willget back to you with further information.
As it is our most premium print service, 3D embossing has a significantly higher price than regular embossing. 3D embossed business cards have a starting price of $1500 for a minimum quantity of 500.
3D Embossed Design Pricing
If you are interested in having our Design Department create your design files for you, please note that the cost of design for a 3D embossed project will start at $1000. This is due to the complexity of the setup, which will include 2-3 initial design concepts and two rounds of revisions to the selected design. You can submit a Design Service request to receive pricing from our designers.
Example of a file for 3D Embossing
3D Embossing requires special files and may not be a suitable option for all designs.
You can find below an example of artwork created for a 3D Embossed project:
*This is a reference image only and does not represent the actual vector file type required.
See below the final 3D Embossed product:
To get started with your own 3D Embossed project, please first read over the Design Considerations for 3D Emboss.
Necessary files and information can be submitted as a Print Quote request.
What can be embossed?
We can emboss a wide range of stocks and materials. The best stocks for embossing are soft uncoated stocks (such as our 20pt Cotton) or for fine detail embossing, uncoated stocks 16pt or less.
If there is a specific stock you are interested in embossing, please request a Print Quote and one of our Estimators will get in touch with you.
Below are examples of materials we have embossed:
16pt Pearl Silver
16pt Jet Black
16pt Smooth Matte Laminate with Spot UV
16pt Smooth Matte Laminate
What are the Best Cards for Embossing and Debossing?
Thinner and softer cardstocks show the detail of an emboss or deboss much better than thicker rigid stocks. Uncoated stocks also generally hold these details better.
That being said, greater depth of the raised area or impression can be produced with thicker soft stocks, like 40pt Cotton. Since the thickness will make fine details less visible, the design should be made more simple and bold with less fine detail.
Thicker coated stocks will not be as suitable for fine detail or deep impressions, therefore the design for these stocks should be created with this in mind.
If you would like to print a design on the back or have an emboss on the back side as well as the front, we recommend a 2-ply layered card. This means the card will be embossed then mounted to another card which will be printed or embossed with your design for the back side. The reverse impression of the emboss will then be hidden inside the two layers so there is no interference with the design on the opposite side.
We do recommend coated stocks for 2-ply embossed or debossed orders, since the emboss / deboss is less likely to be damaged when the cards are mounted than it will be with uncoated stocks. Please note that there are strict design considerations for these projects that one of our print specialists will need to review with you first. You can speak to one by requesting a Print Quote.
See: 2-ply Cards.
What is the difference between Embossing and 3D Embossing?
3D Embossing is a specialty type of embossing. Standard embossing offers one level of impression; with 3D Embossing the indent can be sculpted and gradated, with different levels and shapes.
Standard/regular embossing. One level of impression.
3D Embossing has a higher cost than standard Embossing, as it one of our most specialized print services and most expensive options.
Please note our 3D Emboss technique does not allow for a 2-ply card in combination with this process. There cannot be any design or print on the back side of a 3D Embossed card, and you cannot hide the impression visible on the back side of the card.
2-ply options are available for regular Embossing only. You can also print on the back side of a 1-ply order that includes a regular Emboss.
What is 3D Embossing?
3D Embossing is a specialty embossing exclusive to Jukebox Print - this is our most premium print option so there is a higher cost associated with this product.
Regular Embossing offers one level of impression; with 3D Embossing the indent can be sculpted and gradated, with different levels and shapes.
3D Embossing has a higher cost than our regular Embossing service. Production for 3D Embossed business cards starts at $1500 for a minimum quantity. Design work for a 3d Embossed project starts at $1000.
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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 Embossing
Please take into consideration the following factors when creating your embossed design. (If your design is for 3D embossing, please see: Design Considerations for 3D Embossing).
The finest detail possible for an emboss is 1pt.
Some stocks such as more dense or coated stocks have lower tolerances for embossing, so details will need to be larger. Other factors, including blind embossing vs registered embossing will affect how fine the detail should be in your emboss design.
The safety margin for embossed artwork should be kept at least 0.125 inches away from the trim lines on all sides for most orders. A 2-ply embossed order will require a larger safety margin of at least 0.25 inches away from the trim lines on all sides. It is also possible for the artwork to bleed to the edge, in which case 0.125 inches of bleed will be required.
A reverse impression of the embossed artwork (known as a deboss) will show through to the other side of the card. You can use a 2-ply option where two cards are mounted together to hide the deboss on the back (leaving the back side flat) although this is only recommended with coated stocks. Some designers have found innovative uses for the deboss on the back of the card, incorporating both effects into their artwork. This is an effective design consideration that can create a very memorable card, however please keep in mind that if your embossed artwork includes embossed text, it will only be forward reading on the embossed side.