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tt-twitter-big4Sometimes we get requests for samples of transparent business cards in certain colors. It’s interesting that designs in blue are relatively common, also those in red, but we rarely get orders for green business cards and I think we have never printed one in yellow. In orange yes, but not in yellow.
Given the general preference for certain colors we had the idea to post small galleries with business cards in one special color. Here is the first one: tranparent business cards in blue and green.

visitenkarte-deepSemi-transparent business card of “deep” – frosted translucent PVC, uv offset printing in blue and white

visitenkarte-zingler-bannerSemi-transparent business card of Bäderbau-Zingler – frosted translucent PVC, uv offset printing

visitenkarte-AXA_bannerTransparent business card “AXA” of Mike Blackmann – crystal clear PVC, uv offset printing

visitenkarte-cwd-bannerSemi-transparent business card “cwd” – frosted translucent PVC, uv offset printing
Design: Michaela Vadasz, Bestheads

visitenkarte-Backupconnect2_bannerTransparent business card of BackupConnect – crystal clear PVC, uv offset printing
Design: Vincent Brons, B2design.nl

visitenkarte-Sferhy_bannerTransparent business card of “Sferhy” – crystal clear PVC, uv offset printing

visitenkarte-maxxram-bannerTransparent business card of MAXXRAM – crystal clear PVC, die cut, uv offset printing
Design: Martin Konietzny, MAXXRAM

visitenkarte-topal2-bannerTransparent business card “TOPAL” – crystal clear PVC, uv offset printing in white, blue and black
Design: Katja Wiemer, Found-Media

lotus2-bannerTransparent business card “Lotus Stylistix” – crystal clear PVC, uv offset printing
Design: Timo Hecht, Hecht Photographie

visitenkarte-lutoschka-bannerSemi-transparent business card “Wildlife Lutoschka” – frosted translucent PVC, uv offset printing
Photo and Design: Michael Lutoschka

visitenkarte-bodingbauer-bannerSemi-transparent business card of Lothar Bodingbauer – frosted translucent PVC, uv offset printing
Photo and Design: Lothar Bodingbauer, Apostrophe.at

visitenkarte-belvedere-bannerTransparent business card of “Taverna Belvedere” – crystal clear PVC, uv offset printing

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Transparent business cards are our utmost speciality 🙂 However, it’s always the interplay of a good design and this extraordinary material, which creates an outstanding impact. Here are some examples of freshly printed business cards to insipre you (by clicking on the images you can enlarge them):

Transparent business card of Oliver Burghart – Event manager

Design: Oliver Burghart
Material: PVC, crystal clear (400 micron)
Printing: hot foil stamping in gold

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Transparent business card of Timo Hecht – Hecht Photography

 

Design: René Eusterfeldhaus
Material: PVC, crystal clear (400 micron)
Printing: UV-Offset (only black and magenta)

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Transparent business card of Christina Anderwald – Diplomdesignerin

Design: Christina Anderwald
Material: PVC, crystal clear (400 micron)
Printing: UV offset (4c + white)

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Transparent business card of Dr. Ina Wimmer

Design: Oswald Rofner
Material: PVC, crystal clear (400 micron)
Printing: UV offset (only magenta and white),
with a background in 30% white on the right side and upper half
to create an opal glass effect

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Transparent business card of Totalisimo – advertising agency

Design: Totalisimo, Spain
Material: PVC, crystal clear (400 micron)
Printing: UV offset (black, white and yellow),
with a white layer on the back of the black print to enhance opacity

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Transparent business cards ‘LA CHANCLA’ hotel, Malaga
Material: PVC crystal clear transparent, 400 micron
Druck: UV offset single-colored + white (flip-flops left blank)

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Plastic cards ‘Ferretti-Group’ with hot foil stamping
Material: PVC, white, 760 micron (credit card thickness)
Printing: double-sided full-color uv offset printing
Finishing: hot foil stamping (logo and names)

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Plastic cards with double-sided full-color printing
Material: PVC, white, 760 micron (credit card thickness)
Printing: double-sided full-color uv offset printing

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Transparent flyer and bookmark ‘ING’-Investment Management
Material flyer: PVC crystal clear transparent, 400 micron
Material bookmark: PVC frosted translucent, 300 micron (‘ruler’ format)
Print: UV offset single-sided, UV varnish for protection

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Earlier this week with a customer I exchanged some mails on UV offset printing in general and then eventually this lead to a treatise on the characteristics of offset inks. I’d say this is a good occasion to write a post on the transparency of offset inks.

First of all, offset colors are generally slightly transparent. Even an “opaque white” isn’t opaque at 100%.
Normally, on white substrates, apart from the fact that thus offset colors are more brilliant than colors in digital printing, the transparency has no further effect. On transparent materials, however, the transparency of the inks evokes a special impact and requires extra attention.

Due to the transparency of the inks, in many cases it is necessary to add a white layer on the back of some graphic elements to render the colors more opaque. With such a white layer the impact of the design doesn’t depend so much on the incidence of light and the background, and in addition the colors appear more vibrant.
Adding a white layer behind white elements isn’t possible and thus white itself has to remain slightly transparent. To achieve an absolutely opaque white in offset printing is only possible by means of several (3-4) layers of color. This actually is a very elaborate and thus expensive procedure and therefore makes only sense with large orders.
One example for such a special order is the Dorint-Flyer:

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This flyer has been printed with five layers on crystal clear PVC: print for the front of the flyer, three layers of white in between, print for the back. The background of the design for the back side is golden, and even if metallic inks are the most opaque of all offset inks, with backlight you can still see the print from the other side shine through a bit.

The best impression of the transparency of offset inks surely conveys the following picture. The card has been printed with white at 100%.

Transparent business card Grafanna
In many cases in which the design plays with transparency, in which gentle gradients or maybe a transparent coloring of the whole business card is desired, the transparency of the inks is an advantage.

red transparent business card of kreando

In all other cases we’re happy to assist you with an advice based on our long experience with these transparent materials. If you wish, we can also provide you with special samples which illustrate different grades of transparency, with and without a white layer.

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