Bleed is the artwork that extends past the trim line or finished size of your product. If any element of your artwork is designed to be printed to the edge, it must be extended past the trim line and into the bleed area by a minimum of 0.125".
The addition of bleed compensates for uncontrollable shifts that occur during the printing and trimming process; and ensures that any content touching the edges does not leave unwanted gaps or borders.
The stock you choose for your order will determine other design considerations that pertain to that stock. Before you place your order, please make sure to review the specific page for the stock you chose, which can found under our Business Cards menu tab.