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Card Finishes

The finish on your card can determine the overall look and feel of the final product. Our most popular finishes are overlay and frosted plastic cards, but we have many other options to choose from. Something to keep in mind is that some printing options only work with certain finishes. If you’re not sure which finish is right for your project, contact one of our plastic card printing experts to discuss your options. The finishes listed below can be applied to gift cards, business cards, membership cards, loyalty cards and more. Order plastic cards.
canvas business card and gift card finish

Canvas Finish*

This is a silkscreen process which can be applied as an overall finish to a card or integrated into the design, and gives the feel of canvas to the area where the silkscreen process was applied.

Frosted plastic cards in clear and solid

Frosted Finish

For a more refined look, consider frosted plastic cards, such as frosted business cards. Frosted cards do not have the sheen of a gloss finish, and offer a smooth and professional appearance that is translucent on clear cards. Available on both clear and solid card stock, frosted finishes have the look and feel of a smooth matte texture.

Laced brushed metal card finish

Laced Finish

This finish provides a brushed metal appearance to cards. Not available for clear cards.

Matte business cards

Matte Finish

For durability and texture, a matte finish is tough to beat. The granular feel of a matte finish makes scratches less noticeable, and can add to the overall warmth and strength of your design.

Overlay gloss card finish

Overlay Finish

A similar look to gloss, overlays allow for post-production printing on cards, which is perfect for adding member information or other information at a later date.

plastic cards with paper finish

Paper Coated*

If you like the look of paper but the durability of plastic, paper coated cards are the right choice. By applying a layer of paper over the top of the card, we are able to produce a long-lasting card with a paper texture.

Scented business cards

Scented Matte Finish

Scented matte finishes have a similar finish and feel as matte, but with the option of having a scent applied. Scents can be applied to the entire card or to specific areas of the artwork.

Scents available:

  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Black Pepper
  • Blueberry
  • Camphor
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Citronella
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Coke
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Garlic
  • Grape
  • Grapefruit
  • Green Tea
  • Gum
  • Honey
  • Jasmine
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lilac
  • Lily
  • Mango
  • Marigold
  • Mint
  • Orange
  • Orchid
  • Osmanthus
  • Peach
  • Peony
  • Pine
  • Pineapple
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Strawberry
  • Sweet-scented
  • Tea Tree
  • Tuberose
  • Tulip
  • Vanilla
  • Watermelon
  • White Spirit
Soft touch

Soft Touch

Available on both cards and sleeves, a soft touch finish adds a velvety smooth feel without the reflective qualities of a gloss finish or the courser texture of a matte or frosted finish (shown here on a paper card).


*If you are interested in this option, please contact us for a quote.
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