Black Satin Business Cards
Advice & Limitations
Our cards our 86mm x 54mm (3.385’’ x 2.125’’) with rounded corners with a corner radius of 3mm (0.118’’) as
shown in the diagram.
This shape is fixed. We do not have the ability to die cut plastic cards. The plastic cards are credit card sized as
We use a thermal transfer to bond the ink to the plastic. This allows us to use totally opaque colours and
metallic foils on plastic. The downside of this process is that we cannot cover large blocks of areas with ink. As
the process uses heat to bond the inks, the more ink you use, the more heat is required to ensure a good bond
between ink and plastic. If too much ink is used , the required heat can warp and distort the plastic.
Here is a guide as to how much ink you can use in one block. If you still have problems, please submit your
design and we will try to find a solution.
We like to use a minimum of 7.5pt font size with regular weight sans serif fonts (Futura, Arial, Century Gothic
etc) and 8pt with regular weight serif fonts (Garamond, Times New Roman, Century etc). Using smaller fonts
can result in a problem called ‘filling in’, where characters like ‘a’ and ‘e’ do not form correctly.
We can reproduce designs that bleed right to the edge of the card in any ink. We request a 3mm bleed in
cases where the ink needs to run to the very edge of the card.
We have a set library of colours suitable for use on black satin plastic cards. These include both flat pigment
colours and reflective metallic inks. A rough guide to the colours we have available to us can be found on the
We advise using metallic inks with black satin cards. Some flat pigment inks can they lose vibrancy when
printed on to a black background. Unfortunately we cannot use these inks to create gradients If your logo
contains colour gradients, we would need to alter it so that it is compatible.
If you’re design has two or more colours touching each other, we w