Business cards on colour plan imperial blue

Novice here…Can you print digitally (not litho) on ‘colour plan imperial blue’ 350gsm business cards ie. No foil just cmyk grey.

Will it print well digitally and be clear? Or does it need to be foil to be clear?

Basically looking for 400gsm navy stock or to print digitally on white stock (blue background)

What is the best options to keep costs down? Is 350 gsm thick enough for premium look and feel?

Previously used 540gsm imperial blue colour plan with frost foil.

Would love to hear your suggestions and tips.

Most digital printers use ink that is effectively transparent. You can see the background. If you are printing on blue stock, it will not show up very clearly, if at all. If you want it to show up, you need to use foil.

If you need to keep costs down I would use white card stock and print the blue background, with whatever else you need knocking out the background. You can print the background blue on the reverse to suggest blue stock, but the edges of the card would be white.

350gsm is standard for business cards. That might be too much of a step down from 540gsm previously used. Digital is quite capable of printing on 400gsm stock, you might even be able to find a machine to print on 540gsm stock.


Or you could print using white ink, which, depending on the machine, can be opaque. I certainly would not recommend underspotting white on a business card. Text too small.

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This is true but not many digital printers will do this. Also, it is only feasible (as you alluded to) if you want white printing - using it as a map for the background to then overprint something is not recommended.

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Digitally printing on 350gsm “color plan imperial blue” stock with CMYK gray can produce clear results, but it may not have the same metallic shine as foil. If you are budget-conscious, consider printing digitally on white stock with a blue background, as this can be more economical. 350gsm is thick enough for a premium feel, but you can also explore 400gsm navy stock for a slightly thicker option. Your previous 540gsm with frost foil had a luxurious appearance, but it comes at a higher cost. Your choice depends on your budget and the level of luxury you wish to convey.

Thank you, all. Super helpful. So if we printed on gfsmith colorplan white card with navy solid background and white logo/copy would it print well or do you recommend silk paper for solid dark backgrounds. Had some push back on colorplan and uncoated paper and interested why…

It will almost certainly not produce clear results.

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