Design Considerations for 2-ply Business Cards

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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.  

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