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Vibrant Metallic Foil Business Cards 

When it comes to professionally printed business cards, metallic foil is hands down the most sought after finish of all; it creates an elegant, sophisticated look that expresses true professionalism effortlessly. The gold, silver and copper metallic finish are the perfect visual and textural accent to an already remarkable design. Make your brand as coveted as the finish itself and set yourself apart with custom printed metallic foil business cards.

The Appeal of Metallic Foil Printing is in its History

Have you ever wondered why metallic foil is so popular? Why does this age old technique still have such mass appeal? The fact that they are truly beautiful to look at and won't break your budget are just two reasons.

Where did the love of foil stamping begin? History shows that foil stamping dates back to ancient Egyptian times where gold was hammered to a desired thickness and then used to adorn mummies, coffins and other objects. Fast forward to the Middle Ages when monks began using foil stamping to print on the covers of leather bound books. You can say modern day foil stamping evolved from these techniques.

By the 19th century, artisans changed the way gold was used and new methods were created. At this time, gold was attached to rolls of paper and heat was used to transfer the gold to the paper product. The heat not only removes the gold from the paper roll, it also causes it to adhere to the finished product.

The expense of gold brought about change in the 20th century. People turned to other forms of foil to achieve an equally beautiful look at a more affordable price. Nowadays, metallic foil is used on business cards, greeting cards, presentation folders, invitations and so much more.

The Process: How we Make Your Metallic Foil Business Cards

The techniques used to create custom metallic foil business cards are not very different today, we are just fortunate to have years of experience and state-of-the-art tools to make the finished product even more dazzling. Here is a look at the process of foil stamping:

Foil stamping is a procedure combining the use of heat and pressure. In the case of business cards with a metallic foil finish, we take a metal die and the desired paper stock and insert a foil material in the center. When the die presses the foil onto the paper, heat triggers the adhesive. To obtain the desired effect, heat levels have to be at the exact temperature and pressure needs to be applied for the right length of time. Too much or too little heat will result in an undesirable outcome.

For the purposes of our business cards with a metallic foil finish, we suggest using silk laminated paper stock in order to garner the best results for your finished product. Enjoy luminous full color on one or both sides and enhance a logo or design with gold or silver foil.

Metallic Foil Versus Metallic Ink

Metallic finishes are extremely popular with businesses for good reason - they convey power and expertise. If a business card is a prospective client's first impression, then selecting a finish like metallic foil will certainly impress. But first lets see why metallic foil is more preferable than metallic ink.

Unlike metallic inks that are applied first, Metallic foil stamping provides the most shiny outcome because it is the last step of the printing process. Metallic foil is also more durable than metallic PMS ink because the metal particles in the ink can crack over time as opposed to metallic foil that retains its quality over a longer duration.

If you want to add a textural effect to your personalized metallic foil business cards, then a metallic foil finish is the hands down winner. Metallic foil leaves a smooth to the touch effect and is even more captivating when designs are embossed.

While both metallic foil and metallic PMS ink offer their strengths, it is generally noted that metallic foil is best used on small print projects, like company business cards, to bring attention to a business logo or original artwork.

Not Just Business Cards

Don't limit metallic foil finish to just customized business cards, use it on all your promotional marketing materials. Hosting a promotional party? Launching a new product line? Metallic foil will turn the average teaser card into the extraordinary with the sparkle of metallic foil to enhance and direct all eyes on a pivotal message.

If you own a boutique or cafe, custom teaser cards can be placed at the checkout counter to announce all sorts of upcoming store events. Use your imagination and create cards to declare the arrival of exclusive products from a popular designer for a limited time. Get customers excited and aware of local bands performing on "Music Mondays" in your cafe or restaurant.

For businesses that spend a good deal of time showcasing their wares at trade shows, metallic foil is a terrific application to any promotional print material. If you are trying to woo potential customers to a private party at a premier restaurant or club, use metallic foil to design chic passes that are not only beautiful, but give the impression of exclusivity. Sort of like receiving backstage passes at a concert.

Although most of us think of metallic foil as formal, it can also be used to highlight a whimsical design on your next company or family holiday cards. Also a great choice for invitations of all kinds, from weddings to anniversaries to grand openings. The only limit is your imagination.

A Size for Every Occasion

Our line of metallic foil business cards printed on 16 point silk laminated paper stock comes in three popular sizes. Choose from 2' x 3.5' or 1.5' x 3.5' for business cards. For those purchasing social cards for personal engagements, we suggest our 2.5' x 2.5' card size. Print on one or both sides and dazzle them with metallic foil finish results. Follow our ordering instructions to ensure quality results and always use our free proof option.

Our passion for printing has only multiplied since we opened our doors. We love to see how our customers use our products in their own individual ways. We encourage you to come up with metallic foil business cards that will embody the philosophy of your business and products. We can't wait to see what you create.

For questions regarding our products, call 718-932-2700 and speak to one of our seasoned customer service associates. We are also available by email,

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Important Artwork Notice!

Follow Prepared Instructions. Please prepare CMYK File with all design areas that do not have a metallic foil finish. You MUST include a 100% Black Foil Mask of the elements of your design to be printed with the Gold, Silver or Copper Foil. Only one foil color is available per card design, whether you print on the front, back or both sides.

Quick Specs:

  • Gold, Silver or Copper Foil
  • 4 Standard Sizes Available
  • Add metallic foil on front, back or both sides
  • Rounded Corners Optional
  • Low 500 Minimums

Available Paper Types:

  • 16 Point Silk Laminated
  • 14pt Uncoated Cover


Incredibly unique postcards
I just got my order for metallic foil postcards and I nearly squealed when I first saw them. The postcards are so incredibly unique and awesome! I just can’t wait to keep placing orders with 4over4! I totally recommend this printing company.
Superb quality
The metallic foil looks like real gold, copper, or silver. This is definitely my favorite business card out there because of the shine it has. There is also a really helpful list of options of different ways to make these cards your own.
4over4 always keeps it how I want it
Quick, simple, easy to order. Excellent quality.
All of my customers love them!
I've ordered these in all three of the different color options and I sometimes switch between uncoated and silk laminated paper. No matter what I choose, it still exceeds my expectations every time. It feels like 4over4 just gets better and better every time I order from them.
Just got these... I love them!! Quality and service are stupendous.
Very clear to understand what you are doing
I'm not very tach-savvy, but 4over4's website is very easy for me to understand. When I occasionally get confused, I give customer service a call and they help me right away. That is the kind of service that I look forward to with all kinds of companies.
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