Business cards will never really go away. They remain an effective tool for building networks and keeping in contact with clients and colleagues. For those of you looking to gain an edge (pun intended) in your business card game, we’ve collected some fantastic examples of edge-printed and edge-printed business cards.

For those who don’t know what edge painting or edge printing is, it is a process in which a thick card stock (usually 400 GSM or above) has its edges printed or painted a certain color. The result is often very striking and screams of an attention to detail rarely given to these small pieces of paper.

We’ve also included some examples of duplexed and triplexed cards which are cards that are made up of 2 or 3 different pieces of card stock laminated together to form a very thick card stock. When different colored papers are used, the result is a striking colored edge as well.

From our own experience, the best edge-painted business cards tend to have a monochromatic color scheme with an unexpected splash of color for the edges. It is a very subtle design choice but one that really makes a very strong statement. We’ve also found that keeping the card design minimal will immediately draw the eye to the edges of your business card allowing the recipient a chance to appreciate that extra attention to detail.

We’ve found some excellent examples of great edge painted business cards to inspire you on your next design.

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Be warned, however, that these types of cards don’t come cheap. With thick card stocks and often a very customized order necessary, the printing costs can and will add up. For some of you though, the investment might just be worth it!

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Author:

Isaac is the Co-Founder and Chief Editor of Design Instruct. He has experience in various design and art related fields including design, illustration, and photography. He's in charge of making sure that Design Instruct publishes high quality content that professional designers and digital artists demand and expect. Get in touch via email and on Twitter as @designinstruct or @IAMTHEGUBE.