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.
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.
With a felt-like texture, flocked cards are manufactured using a process that deposits thousands of small fiber particles (called flock) onto the card surface. Flock can be added to specific card areas or the entire card, creating warmth, texture and visual dimension.
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.
This finish provides a brushed metal appearance to cards. Not available for clear cards.
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.
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.
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 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.
UV coating is a gloss finish that is normally used for basic one-time-use cards, such as gift or promotional cards. Note: Once a UV coat is applied, thermal printing cannot be applied. If your cards require variable data or a barcode, an overlay finish is recommended.
Writeable Matte Finish
Great for luggage tags and business cards, our writeable matte finish allows for writing on the entire card surface or just a portion of the card.