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23 Creative Examples of Letterpress Business Cards Design

Today we are rounded up beautifully designed letterpress business cards created by professional graphic designers and printed by best printers. Letterpress printing is a relief printing of text and image using a press with a “type-high bed” printing press and movable type, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image.

Here you can find variety of creative letterpress business cards examples, including full color, Blind emboss, deep letterpress, inkless, foiling, embossing and fine printing business cards.

Understanding the difference between Letterpress and Embossing

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Letterpress Business Cards Design

Business cards is one of the most important and cost-effective marketing tools a business can have, especially for businesses just starting out. And yet, too often it’s a missed opportunity to make a great impression. A powerful and well-designed highly-creative business card designs can effectively promote your business. A professionally design printed card can make great impression of your business. So, be sure to get it well printed, keeping in mind the quality of paper and the printer that you are using.

Letterpress Business Cards (2 colours + edge painting)

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Letterpress Business Cards (1 Colour + Blind Impression)

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Letterpress Business Cards

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Letterpress Business Card (36pt 100% Cotton Paper, Blind Impression + Silver Foil)

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Letterpress Business Cards (2 Colours + Blind Impression)

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Doctor’s Letterpress Business Card (110lb Lettra + Process Blue / Dark Gray + w/ overprinting)

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Personal Letterpress Business Cards

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Letterpress Business Cards (highlight embossing and duplexing)

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Letterpress Business Card (Deep debossed graphite coloured frame creates the impression of embossed teeth that is a handsome accent.)

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Letterpress Business Card (silk embossed)

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Letterpress Business Card (logo embossed)

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Letterpress Business Cards (Foiling, Embossing, Fine Printing)

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Never Without Business Card (Embossing and blind letterpressing + Inkless)

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Blount Designs Business Card (Blind emboss and foil stamp)

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Photographer Letterpress Business Cards (no embossing just a deep letterpress)

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Joyaux Marisol Business Card (Engraved and blind embossed)

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Embossed Business Cards

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Mercy Business Card (Blind emboss and foil stamp)

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Mobile Media Partners Business Card (Blind emboss and offset)

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Letterpress Business Cards (emboss logo)

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Letterpress Business Cards (1 colour + rose gold foil)

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Letterpress Business Card (110lb Cotton + Red, Gray)

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Business card with wooden texture

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Letterpress vs. Embossing

Understanding the differences between the various types of printing processes is important when you are ordering custom invitations or stationery. The printing techniques and effects you choose influence the cost, look and time it takes to produce your printed items. Two printing types, letterpress and embossing, both add richness and dimension to your projects, but are very different in terms of process, price and the final printed appearance.


Letterpress is a centuries-old method of printing. While at one time almost all printing was done by letterpress, today the process is primarily limited to finer stationery, such as wedding invitations. The letterpress process involves inking a plate with an image — usually wood or metal, but in some cases, a heavy-duty polymer or plastic — and applying it to thick paper with a substantial amount of manual pressure. The result is a very precise debossed, or imprinted, image on the paper with rich color; each piece appears individually hand-stamped. When you run your hand over letterpress printing, you can feel the divots where the images are printed. Unlike other types of printing, the letterpress method allows you to experiment with fonts, paper and colors to create exactly the look and feel that you want for your project.


Embossing is the opposite of letterpress. Also known as “blind embossing,” embossing uses a plate — typically either metal or plastic — and pressure to create a raised image on the front of the paper. Blind embossing does not use ink; instead, the image stands out from the page in raised relief, adding subtle dimension to the paper. This printing technique is common on invitations or fine stationery. For example, a monogram or edge design may be embossed on a wedding invitation or note card. An alternative embossing technique, heat embossing, adds both color and texture to a project. Heat embossing requires adding embossing powder to an inked image, such as from a rubber stamp, and then heating the powder until it melts and creates a raised surface. The technique is popular among scrapbookers and other paper crafters, who emboss images to add subtle texture to their projects. Crafters can also use a multipurpose tool with an embossing tip to add raised relief to paper.


When choosing between letterpressed or embossed stationery, cost is a primary consideration. Because letterpress requires higher quality paper and specialty ink to achieve the full effect, it can cost up to three times as much as other printing processes, such as thermography or digital printing. The increased cost is also due to the labor-intensive nature of letterpress; in most cases, each piece is printed individually. Embossing, on the other hand, does not add significant cost to a printing project. Commercial manufacturers can generally emboss multiple pieces at a time.

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