26 Polished White Letterpress Business Card Designs

by Jake Rocheleau

July 10, 2011 in Business/Freelance Inspiration

Marketing is a huge part of building any company. And with proper marketing comes human networking which often involves the exchange of business cards. These bits of paper often contain information about your website, phone number, e-mail address, and location of your company headquarters.

With letterpress style business cards the type of relief printing uses a printing press accessible to a type-high bed. This allows for movable type and imagery which can be transposed over the card stock. Raised surface ink is pressed into the sheet of paper which allows for same-color stock to contain unique messages. Check out the fantastic gallery below and feel free to share your thoughts within the comments section below!

Cleverly Cut

Forget Technology

KG Creative

Justin Anonuevo

PAR

Bulldog Drummond

Distillery

thomas + kristine

White Wedding

Good Apples

Kim Bentley

Scarpetta

Colleen Elise

Scott Salvator

Dariana Cruz

Tiago

Identity Kitchen

Portland Sportsman

Ryan Prins

Yaili

Samer Ziadeh

Doug Maranda

Jessica Morresy

Jacob Ward

Faber Design

Duplex

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About Jake Rocheleau

Jake is a digital researcher and writer on many popular design magazines. He frequently writes on topics including web design, user experience, mobile apps, and project management. You can find him all throughout Google and tweeting @jakerocheleau. Connect with Jake on google+

  • Annette Penney

    Jul 11th

    My business cards look so BLAH compared to these! I really really like quite a few of them. Thanks for putting this together.

  • Catalin

    Jul 11th

    very nice cards

  • sara

    Jul 11th

    Whats this type of paper called … isn’t it a bit thick for a business card, i was considering using it…!?

  • Alexander

    Jul 11th

    Really liked the idea of writing contacts “Good Apples”. It is a pity in Russia is not every customer will appreciate this, our design still grow and grow.

  • Samantha Prinsloo

    Jul 11th

    Absolutely gorgeous! Each and every one of these designs is outstanding, and beautifully creative in it’s own way :)

  • judith luke

    Jul 11th

    Praise for fine graphic art.
    Thank you for Letterpress, visual and tactile!

  • Alex

    Jul 11th

    Amazing designs. I think my own business card designs need a reworking after seeing the ones above!

  • Christopher

    Jul 11th

    These designs are, like Samantha already said, outstanding and beautiful. My favourites are the ones where you can see name, contact data and what the owner of the business card offers – for example the business cards of “Identity Kitchen” or “Good Apples”. When I search something in my business card collection, I prefer to see at once which services are offered and how I can contact the person.

  • Lynn

    Jul 11th

    All of these are great and the photography is terrific, but what is best about all of these is their use of letterpress. My heart breaks as I see so many real print houses go out of business. These are beautiful. Can we promote the printers?

  • Roberto Martínez Garza

    Jul 11th

    Absolutely gorgeous! (As Sam said!) I can see that the engraving is like a kind of fashion right now? All the business cards has engraving as I see.., Maybe my next cards will have too! He, he..
    My favorites ones? Forget Technology!

  • Designfish

    Jul 11th

    Exquisite beauty is what happens when great design meets with careful execution.
    That’s all I can say about these cards!!!

  • Tim

    Jul 11th

    An excellent selection of designs, except… you forgot ours! http://bit.ly/mRwJHI

  • Yvette

    Jul 11th

    Letterpress obiviously opens ups many more doors for creativity and adds a definte touch of class to any business card. In a pool of business cards these will step out. The design will not only leave a lasting impression but the actual touch as well.

  • Andrea

    Jul 11th

    Great designs – innovative ideas. My question is >> in a small rural community, how would I find a print firm with “Letterpress” print equipment to print with this technique?

  • Christina

    Jul 11th

    While the designs themselves are beautiful, letterpress was not made to be felt. Good letterpress just barely touches the page. It is the origin of print as we know it. If one feels the indention of the press, technically, that is bad letterpress. I believe that this has been greatly misused in recent years.

  • Carol Styles

    Jul 11th

    Very tactile and elegant, outstanding for a first impression for clients.

    Keeping it all simple with services stated adds to immediate message. I like all of them.

  • Susie

    Jul 11th

    Very nice! I must say though, the letterpress is most effective when used sparingly not all across, ie just the logo raised and the type printed regularly, or the name of the company raised and the contact details printed regularly. It looks a little tacky when the small lettering is raised as well, a bit… cheap. It’s not necessary, the designs of these cards is great already. My absolute favourite here is the Distillery card – I looove the way the logo is just embossed, not printed at all, and the design is FANTASTIC!!!

    But then again, I am a designer myself so we all have slightly different tastes and takes on things, don’t we?;-) Keep up the good work!

  • Susie

    Jul 11th

    Oh, and Cleverly Cut is great too – very appropriate!

  • pankaja

    Jul 12th

    beautifully thought designs…
    very inspiring

  • nancy f

    Jul 12th

    The cards are simply elegant! I loved them.
    Very specially Ryan Prins, Samer Ziadeh and the distillery card, its so apt, the embossing.

  • Anton

    Jul 12th

    I think the letter pressed cards are really outstanding! Another interesting aspect to the images used above is that there is some excellent photography employed to capture shallow depth of fields. Very well done!

  • Aneesh

    Jul 13th

    It’s really pretty nice to see..
    What’s the name of this material ?

  • steff

    Jul 13th

    i received last month a letter pressed business card from one big company and i was amazed of how good it looks in reality! you just want to hold it and feel it and you kind of forget to let it go! i will definitely get me some with my company, if they approve the budget of course! nice examples Jake

  • Orgnix Creatives

    Jul 16th

    Wow, very nice! But I agree with Steff. Most company would not approve the budget because a stack of business cards like this costs so much higher.

  • oem

    Jul 18th

    amazing … mind blowing cards….. thanks for sharing..!!

  • DSkelly

    Jul 21st

    I love these card,thank you share!

  • Michael Bernard

    Jul 26th

    Very great Card !

    here one card in plastic:

    http://www.michaelbernard.fr/portfolio/jacky-bernard.php

    Thanks!

  • ben linford

    Jul 28th

    I love the coloured edge of Faber Design.
    Getting this effect printed would not be using a standard commercial printing technique, would it?

  • Skyu Design Dot Com

    Jul 28th

    Thank’s for share and information.. best regards. :)

  • Brehm Designers

    Jul 31st

    Where can i get this kinda thing printed???

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