10 Beautiful Letterpress Business Cards

By / Feb 8, 2009 / Inspiration
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Like many other creative types out there, I am fascinated with great looking business cards. That is why we recently launched a new site called Card Observer. In the two weeks of being live, Card Observer has received tons of great submissions, of which many have been letterpress printed cards. If you are not familiar with letterpress, it is the process of inking a raised surface and then pressing it into the stock.

Here are 10 of the best ones we’ve seen so far at Card Observer.

Click the pictures to see more details about each card.

Whitney Shaw

Whitney Shaw

Butter Label

Butter Label

Amelia Lyon

Amelia Lyon

Jason McGrew

Jason McGrew

Kyle Van Horn

Kyle Van Horn

Bryon Darby

Bryon Darby

Blue Bird Design

Blue Bird Design

The Mandate Press

The Mandate Press

D. James Goodwin

D. James Goodwin

IQ Videography

IQ Videography

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

28 Comments

  1. matthew duerksen
    February 8, 2009

    Great examples! I love letterpress, getting my new business cards letterpressed!

    Thanks!

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  2. Pat Anzanello
    February 8, 2009

    Great!

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  3. Nokadota
    February 8, 2009

    I think it’s time for a new business card. :)

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  4. 2lip
    February 8, 2009

    brilliant pieces of design! you might want to check out this site, which I stumbled across today. probably lots of material for Cardobserver there as well:

    http://www.beastpieces.com/

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  5. Jamie Favreau
    February 8, 2009

    Great designs!

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  6. Patternhead
    February 8, 2009

    These letterpress business cards look great.

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  7. Chikezie Ejiasi
    February 9, 2009

    I love the embossed feel of those. It really adds depth to the card – literally :). Does that cost extra? I’m sure a lot of communication has to happen between the designer & the printer to get something like that.

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  8. Logo Design Guru
    February 9, 2009

    these are great. I love the embossed work. You don’t always see that so often anymore and I think it’s nice. Thanks

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  9. Missy
    February 9, 2009

    This reminds me of American Psycho, you know the movie in which Bates has bus card envy and goes berserk over the dude who has a “prettier” card than his. LoL.

    P.S. Am really digin the blue bird design.

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  10. Michael
    February 19, 2009

    @Missy Agreed, the card from Blue Bird Design stands out from the rest.

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  11. Sklep Wędkarski
    February 21, 2009

    Jason’s McGrew card is amazing.

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  12. Clue Design
    February 24, 2009

    Love the detail of the Mandate Press card – beautiful. A card like this demands attention.

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  13. rob
    February 24, 2009

    think i going to design myself some new business cards!!

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  14. Jason McGrew
    February 28, 2009

    Thanks for posting up my card on here! The Mandate Press did an outstanding job on them, along with my designer LIz, from Ruk Creative.

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  15. Joel Van Dyke
    March 11, 2009

    Wow, some really elegantly tactile cards!

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  16. Matt
    March 23, 2009

    Nice, but overdone. Would love to see some stylish minimalist ones that don’t cost a fortune to print.

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  17. Rajita- Business card design
    March 26, 2009

    I think Kyle manHorn Business card is really stylish

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  18. Chris
    March 29, 2009

    These cards are great! Glad to see that Dolce Press had 2 cards in the list (they printed my business cards as well).

    Check their blog out: http://www.dolcepress.com/blog

    Reply
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  21. Kyle Jensen
    May 16, 2009

    How much does a run of 100 letterpressed cards usually cost??

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  22. camille
    August 12, 2009

    Very nice collection. I love letterpress work…the richness of texture and the interesting affects are always great to see. The letterpress process really adds an essence of 3D character to a 2D product. Thank you for the wonderful post!

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  23. Misty James
    October 14, 2009

    Can you recommend a good company for printing business cards with letterpress? These cards are awesome!

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  24. Peter Fraterdeus
    October 26, 2009

    Check out my site at SlowPrint.com
    We specialize in letterpress business cards for designers!

    Thanks for the cool note!

    Cheers

    Peter

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  25. Ron Arts Web Design
    January 26, 2010

    These cards are amazing! nice collections, thanks for sharing.

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  26. H.Aliabadi
    April 4, 2010

    we think it’s time for a new business card

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  27. Green Printing
    August 10, 2010

    Letterpress is so cool!

    I love how intricate some of these designs are. Awesome examples.

    Reply
  28. Pixelcards
    November 4, 2010

    Blue bird design looks like its for twitter.. lol..
    I like your designs..

    Reply

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