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Plastic card printing


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Plastic card printing

When it comes to plastic card printing, we find a lot of our customers are looking for something a little bit different. Something that will stand out from the crowd, catch the eye, become a talking point and will be kept and remembered. We are experts at plastic card printing.

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We have a range of plastic cards that can be printed using a hot foil printing process. This plastic card printing process uses 8 tons of force and temperatures around 140 degrees C to fuse the printed image onto the surface of the plastic card.

We have a wide range of colours available, more details can be found here

Our range includes metallic colours such as metallic gold, metallic silver, metallic red and also a metallic colour with a difference called holoprint. When holoprint is printed on a plastic card, it looks similar to metallic silver until it is angled in the light then all the colours of the rainbow can be seen.

a frosted plastic card printed with holoprint

I wouldn’t recommend any small important text is printed with holoprint as it may be hard to read but larger text will be ok and certainly when used for graphics or part of a logo, it will look stunning.

Talking about ink colours, when ink colours are printed on our frosted translucent plastic cards, the readability of any text (typically the smaller contact details etc) will be vary depending on the lighting conditions it is viewed in and the background behind the frosted translucent plastic card.

We have videos here of all the ink colours printed on the frosted cards against a white and a black background so you can decide which colour combinations suit your plastic card printing needs.

For example, if you had dark grey ink printed on a frosted translucent plastic card for the contact details at a size of 8pt, it may be difficult to read in a dimly lit room especially if the background behind the card was dark, i.e. a dark desk or dark carpet.

a frosted plastic card printed with black, white and orange ink

However, in bright light, e.g. outside it will be much easier to read or inside in good lighting with a light coloured desk behind it.

This of course is due to the translucent nature of the frosted plastic cards, and of course we have no control over the lighting or environment that you are viewing the frosted plastic card printing in.

We find when plastic card printing is required with the best readability in most situations, black or white ink provides the best results.

As we are a plastic card printing company, we have very bright lighting within our plastic card printing facility, so we are blessed in being able to see anything within our facility better than most people.

Sometimes customers are looking for plastic card printing with a difference and we find that a frosted translucent plastic card printed with clear foil on the back to create a subtle watermark is a great way to create a stunning looking plastic card with will certainly stand out from the crowd.

a frosted plastic card printed with clear ink to create a watermark effect

Plastic cards with a difference

The clear foil, when printed on a frosted plastic card is indeed very subtle. The parts of the frosted plastic card printed with the clear foil are less frosted and as the card is angled to the light the watermark effect will be come more or less visible, a video of the effect can be seen here

Unfortunately, as with everything in life, there are limitations with the type of printing that can be applied to our frosted plastic cards.

The cards measure 86 x 54 mm but we are unable to print any closer than 3mm from the two long card edges.
We can however print right upto the two short edges.
Also, it is not possible to print gradients or halftones. All artwork must be lineart.

lineart graphics

So if you have a logo that fades from light blue to dark blue, we are unable to print it like that. We could print it all in one shade of blue from the shades we have available or one option is to print it with a metallic blue. A metallic blue can be a good option as this will naturally look lighter or darker in the light being a metallic.

Also very fine detail when printed can fill-in. We recommend fonts are 8 pt minimum in size for ease of reading.

Because the cards are printed using heat and pressure, it is not possible to print very large areas of ink coverage.

More ink coverage requires more heat and more pressure which results in the plastic card melting, don’t worry though, we are experts at plastic card printing and can advise you. Email your artwork to us at sales@cpcards.co.uk and we will advise.

Our studio also tweaks all customers artwork when necessary (free of charge) otherwise it will not be possible to print. For example, if any aspect is too thin to print, i.e. a line then we will thicken it up slightly so it is actually printable. If we didn’t do this, then the line may not print at all or print with parts of the line breaking up. We recommend all lines are a minimum of 0.25mm thick.

plastic card printing artwork guidance

We also add something called trapping to customers artwork. This is applied to parts of the artwork where two colours are touching each other. Because the colours are printed individually as separate printing passes what we do is add trapping which means extend one of the colours so it is actually slightly underneath the other colour by a fraction of a mm. When the second colour is printed, if there is any mis-registration (movement by a fraction of a mm) then there is not a gap between the two ink colours as the trapping takes care of this.

A few people call the hot foil printing process hot stamping or hot foiling or evening foiling or foiled plastic cards. It all means the same thing and this is one of the printing processes that we use to create beautiful plastic cards.

We always call the colours available ink colours as this is what most customers understand. In reality they are all foils, even the non metallic colours. Some customers understand that foils are metallic but never think on non metallic pigment colours. So for ease, we just say ink colours to keep things simple.

metallic foils for printing onto plastic cards

Full Colour Plastic Business Cards

Mike emailed for a quote for some full colour plastic business cards. A reply was sent outlining our online offer for 250 cards for £99 +vat (price includes Artwork and Free delivery within England, full details can be found here

Mike was overjoyed at such a good offer and ordered immediately. He uploaded his own design for his plastic cards on to the order form. A gloss finish was chosen over matt to ensure the colours came out as bright as possible.

The artwork had been provided to the correct specifications, so the email proof was with him in under and hour. This was approved and the printing started.

The plastic business cards were dispatched around six working days later and Mike sent a lovely email to say how pleased he was with our service and his new plastic business cards.

Thanks Mike, wishing you all the best.

full colour plastic business cards

Plastic Cards Free Design

Every week we find some people are confused about our free artwork service and what do we mean when we say that it’s not a graphic design service?

Over the years, we have found one simple way to explain it to people as follows:

Our Free Artwork Service is ideal for people who don’t have the time or ability to create artwork to the correct specification for a plastic card.

Example 1, a decorator

One way to see it is:

You would call a decorator in to decorate the walls of your house, and paint the doors and window frames. You would do this because you don’t have the time to decorate it yourself or perhaps you lack the ability to do a good job, or both.

You would tell the decorator which wallpaper to put on which wall and what colour paint to paint the door frames and what colour to paint the window frames etc. The decorator would then proceed to do his job of decorating based on your instructions.

This is the same concept as our Free Artwork Service


Example 2, an interior designer

However, if you didn’t know how to decorate the walls and what colours to paint the doors and window frames, thats where you would call on the services of an interior designer.

An interior designer would give you colour scheme suggestions and ideas of how to decorate walls, wallpaper ideas etc.

They would provide many different concepts and work with you to evolve them so you are totally happy with the end result. This of course takes a lot of time. Once the interior designer has given you some ideas, they need to leave it with you to analyse and think about. Then when you are ready you would enter into further discussions to evolve the ideas and move them forward.

Then, once you are completely happy with the interior designers ideas and have settled on a concept, you would then instruct a decorator to carry out the decorating accordingly.

This is the same concept as the services provided by a Graphic Designer

A graphic designer would create a range of designs as a starting point to be worked on and evolved. There will be a lot of work involved and a lot of discussions between you and the graphic designer. Then once you are happy with the final design and all design aspects, fonts, sizing, wording images have been tweaked the artwork will then be ready to print. This whole process can take weeks to produce the end result.

To clarify

We do not offer a graphic design service as we are not graphic designers and no one within our company has any graphic design qualifications.

We are a printing company that tries to help people Free of Charge by offering a Free Artwork Service

We fully understand that some people require a graphic design service and our Free Artwork Service isn’t the right choice for them.

However, please do understand that it simply isn’t possible for us to offer you a graphic design service as it isn’t something that we do. Some people think we are being awkward and get shirty with us. It needs to be understood that there is a huge difference between a Free Artwork Service and a graphic design service.

For a start graphic design is expensive, you could easily pay £200+ for a graphic designer to create a plastic card design for you.

When you consider we can offer you 250 full colour plastic business cards with Free Artwork and Free Delivery within England for just £99 +vat you will now really appreciate just how much of a fantastic deal this is!

We are proud to help dozens of people each and every week by providing a Free Artwork Service and appreciate all the positive feedback we receive from our many happy customers.

Plastic Cards Free Design

Plastic Cards – needed quickly?


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Plastic Cards with fast delivery

Oh wow, we have had an over welming demand for very short turnaround times on plastic cards orders this week. We have managed to meet most customers requests however unfortunately we have had to decline a few orders due to the unrealistic timescale we were provided with.

We have now devised a standard template to email customers who require a rush order, it goes something like this:

Thank you for your enquiry, your deadline for plastic cards is very tight indeed. Are you able to extend this at all?

I am going to email over a quote to you shortly however I am unable at this stage to confirm whether or not we are able to meet your deadline. I am unable to confirm this for a few reasons including the following:

1) We may not be able to print your design on plastic cards;

2) Your artwork may take longer than expected to be finalised by yourself;

3) More order’s may be processed by us while we are waiting for your artwork, which means your deadline has become unrealistic.

Please email your finished print ready artwork over to our specifications found (see here for details) as soon as you can. I will then arrange for this to be reviewed in detail to ensure that we can print your design. I will at the same time confirm whether or not we are able to meet your deadline.

Please note that we will not promise you a timeframe that we can not offer however we do ask for your full co-operation in ensuring your order for plastic cards is processed as quickly as possible.

We will look forward to receiving your artwork and I will email your quote over shortly.

End of email.

We are honest!

Basically we are trying to ask customers to see things from our point of view, we never fib to customers (like some companies do) & promise things that we are unable to deliver. We are an honest company and want things to be right for our customers however we are reliant on correct information being provided to us. OK occasionally things do go wrong, but hey everybody makes mistakes sometimes. When things do go wrong we do everything we can to resolve the situation as quickly as we can.

We are just about back on top of things now so if you have a short turn around time for plastic cards please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate!

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We only produce high quality plastic cards

A customer who was shopping around on price once said to me:

“A plastic card is a plastic card, right?”
No I replied! As with everything in life you get what you pay for, high quality plastic cards do cost more than low quality plastic cards.

From feedback over the last year we have realised that a lot of companies are offering cheap full colour plastic cards that are imported from China.

Some of the problems are as follows:

Hard copy proofs (if available)
Are not printed on the same machine as the full order – what is the point in this?


Barcodes and sequential numbering are surface printed.
They look fine at first but after a couple of months of use they will rub, off causing administration nightmares!


Missed deadlines
As the cards are shipping in from China the lead times are excessive and the customer is not made aware of this when ordering (instead the customer is often lied to and believes the cards will arrive is 7 working days or less!). We have had customers re-order their plastic cards from us as they have been let down and have therefore paid twice for their plastic cards.


Poor quality
We have received feedback to say that the quality is very poor with the plastic cards having rough edges & major colour variations in the same batch of cards.


Finally, a picture speaks a thousand words
Take a look at the photo below. Not only are the barcodes surface printed but the whole card has fallen apart! To be 100% clear we did not print these!

What we are trying to point out is that plastic cards are not the same, if you receive a cheap price for plastic cards then its cheap for a reason. I can not verify this personally but a reliable source tells me that the working conditions in these Chinese factories is appalling.

Please support UK manufacturing and ensure your cards are not produced in China. All our cards are manufactured in England.

If you have experienced any problems with cards produced in China please let us know we would love to include it on the list above.

a low quality plastic cards printed in China

Plastic RFID Cards


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Plastic RFID Cards

We now offer plastic Mifare RFID cards.

They are the highest quality Mifare RFID cards as used by thousands of companies through the UK for their reliability and durability.

Our Mifare RFID cards are 840 microns thick and printed in full colour on both sides.

As with our plastic business cards, membership cards and loyalty cards, we will email a realistic email proof to you for approval then once approved we will post an actual printed plastic RFID card to you for final approval.

Plastic Rfid cards have lots of advantages, a lot of which are the same advantages that plastic cards have such as being credit card sized so they easily fit in a wallet or purse. They are waterproof and will not become dogeared with day to day use. Printing is on both sides in full colour so quite a lot of information can be literally to hand, for example, opening times, contact details or other useful information relating to your company.

✔ We offer Free Artwork for all orders

✔ We will email a wonderful realistic email proof to you for approval, usually within one hour

✔ We will print an actual plastic RFID card and posted to you for final approval

✔ Fast turnaround time on all RFID card orders

✔ Highest quality proudly manufactured in England

✔ We check your artwork & fix any technical issues found (where possible)

✔ Our contactless plastic cards are guaranteed to work unlike low quality or cloned RFID cards

✔ Our contactless, RFID/MIFARE cards let your customers pay without the need to carry cash so are ideal from a convenience point

✔ Your customer only needs their Plastic RFID Card. Not even a PIN or signature is required

✔ Our Plastic RFID Cards are printed in Full Colour CMYK on each side

✔ They measure 86 x 54mm and are 0.84mm (840 microns thick) with rounded corners

✔ Two finishes are available, a high gloss or luxury matt finish

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Why Loyalty Card Schemes Work and Why Companies Offer Them


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Acquiring a new customer costs seven times as much as retaining one. So it is more profitable for companies to encourage customers to stay loyal by means of loyalty card schemes. Even if they forego some of their profits on the scheme, there is still more money to be made off an existing customer than a new one.

And the interesting thing is that it starts off a cycle of purchases – the more a customer receives by way of loyalty points, the more he/she is enticed to redeem those points in the form of discounts and buy from you further. Because companies make sure that the discount can be applied to only a part of the purchase, there are still more loyalty points to had from the remaining part.

If yours is a company that sells products which are purchased only periodically, say dog food, you could co-brand your loyalty card with a service provider, like a vet or grooming care. This is a great way of ensuring that your customers don’t switch loyalty to other brands/products.

If a particular loyalty program isn’t working, then you need to check if the rewards offered are in tune with your customers’ wants/needs. Out of 29 loyalty schemes that the average American household is enrolled in, only 12 see activity. So sometimes a discount on a visit to the vet might be better than a discount from a pet groomer.

Sometimes, it could be because the points/rewards system is too complicated. In the United Kingdom, you have to spend £76 on Costa coffee to gain £1.95. Caffè Nero, another coffee chain that specializes in Italian coffee, has a simpler rewards system – all you have to do is buy nine cups to get the tenth one free. In other words, you spend £18.45 to gain £2.05.
Loyal customers spend 67% more than new customers.

Cards or digital coupons for loyalty programs?
It can be tempting to go digital. You could simply let the customer know by SMS or email (or both), how many points he/she has earned on the purchase. But the chances are high that the person would forget them after reading it. Because there are several loyalty schemes around, it is hard to remember how many points he/she has at present with your loyalty program. Unless people redeem their points, the loyalty scheme loses its significance.

Cards are better because they don’t have to remember anything. They only have to present their loyalty card at the counter and avail of a discount. This is far easier than fishing out their cellphone, searching for the email that followed their last purchase and telling the cashier the coupon code or the number of points they have accumulated. Getting a discount each time – if he/she is eligible – only makes them more loyal to you.

If the loyalty card is well-designed and made of quality material, like the thick plastic you see with credit cards, your customers are also likely to hang on to them more than ones that don’t cost much in terms of material. This makes it even easier to shop and redeem their loyalty points.