Transparent business cards are eye-catching but so can its price be if you use a commercial printing company. Traditional ways to achieve the transparent look would be to screen print onto a sheet of clear plastic, requiring the making of positives, exposing screen and printing sheet for sheet. This page will show you how to make your own transparent, translucent & frosted business cards in your own home on an inkjet printer.
How To Make Clear Business Cards
You will need:
• Computer with graphics software installed. DTP software will also work.
• Inkjet OHP Transparencies
• Inkjet Printer
• Laminator & Pouches (gloss pouches for clear and translucent cards and matte for frosted)
• Guillotine or cutting mat, craft knife and steel ruler
Design and lay out your business cards in your favourite graphics program. While colours can be used I prefer to print black only when making clear business cards as I get an opaque image for maximum effect when I use a photo inkjet printer. For best quality it’s always better to design your artwork as vector graphics.
Insert the OHP transparency into the printer and select “transparencies” or “high resolution paper” under paper type, “glossy photo paper” may also work if you don’t have the previous settings under paper type, if you have neither play around with the settings you do have. Print the artwork onto the OHP transparency. Make sure you print onto the rough textured side of the transparency, which has been coated to allow the ink to adhere to it. The opposing side will be smooth.
I like to set my colour intensity to the darkest so I can to get a nice opaque print.
Wait for the printed transparency to dry, pull off the white handling strip if your brand of transparency has one, slip it onto a laminating pouch and feed it through the laminator to laminate it.
Success! You have made your first batch of transparent business cards.
Cut it down and…