Webb de Vlam Edge Color Business Cards

This business card was designed by Webb de Vlam as part of their new identity launch. With design offices in both London and Chicago, they wanted a card that would surprise and delight clients and employees. The variety of bright accent color truly brings this project to life. The overlapping colors in the logo mark also create dimension by overprinting ink colors – a nice print interpretation of the online media logo.

The business cards are letterpress printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 165lb C with four spot Pantone colors. There are three spot gray colors common to all the cards – that was the easy part.  What made things interesting were the ten additional accent colors that switch out on the logo and edges – each person in the company receiving a palette of four color versions.

There has definitely been a trend toward larger companies using letterpress printing in their identities. We manage business card projects for companies with one person, or several hundred employees. These type of projects are most effective when they are planned with shell sheets in mind. A shell is a sheet with multiple cards ganged up that has all the common colors and logo already printed. That way, when a new hire or reorder occurs, we have those sheets on hand and ready to imprint on future orders. Typically, this works best and is most cost effective when the variable information on a card is planned in only one color. We advise companies to think about their card needs inside the next 18-24 months when ordering shells. Contact us to establish a letterpress business card production plan for your company.


    • WOW! DYING! THAT IS A LOT OF AWESOME!

    • Stunning. And those business card storage boxes are cool…Can you refer me to a source that sells them?

    • The business card boxes are custom made for our shop – using 60pt cut score chipboard and metal corner stays.

    • Great job! My pops would have said, “I’m glad I didn’t have to print that!”

    • would you mind sharing the edge printing process?

    • Edge Coloring Tips for Designers

      These are some recommendations for edge coloring

      - A thick stock is best. We recommend a thickness of 160lb Cover or greater. We have colored jobs on 110lbC and 130lbC paper, but the effect is more subtle.

      - Think about lots of design objects, not just business cards. Edge coloring will work on note pads, books, invitations, postcards, etc. We can edge color pieces large or small.

      - Do not bleed artwork off the trim edge. Keeping the impression off the trim edge will keep the edge flat and . Small bits of graphic like line work and small text may bleed, big graphic areas may cause issues.

      - Generally we do not combine edge coloring with die cutting. Paper edges cut with a die are not able to edge color clean enough for our quality standards.

      For other print professionals:
      Many printers have been asking how we do our edge coloring. We do not share details on the specifics of our process. We edge jobs for many other printers around the country, so please do ask us for an estimate. We’ve worked out a system in the past decade that really works well and use those many hours of production development as our business advantage. While we are happy to share letterpress knowledge and tips, the specifics of our edge coloring will remain a trade secret.

    • These are so awesome! I got a business card from them about two months ago and can’t let go :)

    • NEED QUOTE FOR THE FOLLOWING:

      TWO SETS OF 500 BUSINESS CARDS SIZE 2 X 3.5 PRINTED ONE SIDE WITH COOL GRAY 9U, THE OTHER SILVER SILVER HOT STAMPED (WITH TEXT BLANK OUT), AND EDGE PRINTED (PINK) ON CLASSIC CREST SOLAR WHITE 165# COVER STOCK. ALSO IF POSSIBLE QUOTE ON CLASSIC CREST 130#. ADVISE PRODUCTION TIME AND FREIGHT CHARGES TO 33016.

      THANKS

    • Hello,

      We are looking for colored business cards like you did with the colored outliner.

      What is the price for 1000 pcs including the shipping to Luxembourg.

      We need them printed on 2 sides R/V.

      Thanks for all informations.

      Best regards

      Sandro Braun
      Managing Director
      Limited Edition s.à r.l

    • Dear,
      I am very interested to print my companies business cards from your respected company.
      What I require is a full black business card, and silver writing.
      Will be sending the design later, when we agree on the price.
      I am currently in Bahrain and would like to ask for 10,000 Business cards.
      How much will it cost including shipment?