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Raised Ink Business Cards

Raised ink business cards, also known as Thermography, are created using a printing technique that enhances the visual and tactile appeal of the card. In this process, a special ink is applied to the card stock, and then heat and a powdered resin are used to raise the ink from the surface of the paper. The heat causes the ink to swell and create a slightly raised or textured effect.

The result is a business card with lettering, logos, or other design elements that stand out from the card surface. This raised effect adds a visually appealing three-dimensional aspect to the card and allows the texture to be felt when touched. Raised ink business cards are known for their elegant and sophisticated appearance, making them a popular choice for individuals and businesses looking to make a memorable impression. The tactile quality of the raised ink adds a unique and memorable element, making these cards stand out in a crowd.

Why Trust Japan with Your Raised Ink Business Cards

Welcome to Japan, where tradition meets innovation in the art of business card printing. Our raised ink business cards, crafted through the time-honored process of thermography, bring a touch of elegance and sophistication to your professional identity.

RaiseYour Impressions: At Japan, we specialize in the meticulous craft of raised ink business cards. Our printing process combines tradition with modernity, using thermography to achieve a distinct raised effect. A clear powder resin is delicately applied to wet ink and then subjected to heat, resulting in a tactile and visually striking finish that sets your business cards apart.

The Thermography Advantage: Our raised ink business cards undergo a meticulous printing process. Thermography, a traditional technique, involves the application of a clear powder resin onto wet ink. The magic happens when heat is applied, creating a raised effect that adds depth and texture to your card. This process, seamlessly integrated with modern full-color printing technology, ensures that your designs are visually appealing and leave a lasting impression.

Design Options Unleashed: Explore a world of design possibilities with Japan. From font styles and logo enhancements to color combinations and embossed elements, our raised ink business cards offer a canvas for your creativity. Upgrade your brand with custom shapes, die-cut options, and background textures that make your business cards uniquely yours.

Quality Meets Tradition: With a commitment to quality and a nod to tradition, our raised ink business cards embody the essence of Japanese craftsmanship. We understand the importance of making a memorable statement, and our cards are designed to leave a lasting impression on those who receive them.

Order Your Unique Business Cards Today: Experience the artistry of raised ink business cards in Japan. Explore the fusion of tradition and modernity, where every card tells a story of craftsmanship and professionalism. Elevate your impressions with the timeless appeal of raised ink—order your unique business cards today.

Contact Us to discuss your design ideas and place your order. Japan Raised Ink – Where Tradition Meets Innovation in Business Card Printing.

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What Papers Can Raised Ink Business Cards Have?


Highly Durable Paper.


Great for Raised Ink printing.
Elegant and classy crosshatch linen texture.
Superior Ink Retention.

Mohawk Eggshell

Japan's preferred paper.
Naturally Eggshell textured.
Great color absorbent/taker.


Lightweight paper.
Great for Embossed and Letterpress printing.
Uncoated and Naturally Textured.

Design Options for Raised Ink Business Cards

Investing in raised ink business cards opens the door to a multitude of design options that can boost your brand’s image. This unique printing technique allows for creative customization, enabling you to make a lasting impression. Here are some design options to consider when purchasing raised ink business cards:

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Font Styles and Sizes: Choose from a variety of font styles and sizes to convey the tone and personality of your brand. Whether you prefer a classic and elegant script or a modern and sleek sans-serif font, the raised ink process can accentuate the details of your chosen typography.

Logo Enhancement: Highlight your logo by opting for raised ink on specific elements. This can add a tactile dimension to your brand’s visual identity, making it more memorable and distinctive.

Color Combinations: Experiment with different color combinations to enhance the vibrancy of your design. Raised ink works well with various colors, allowing you to create a visually appealing contrast and ensure that your business card stands out.

Background Patterns or Textures: Introduce background patterns or textures to complement the raised ink effect. This can add depth and sophistication to your business card, creating a visually engaging experience for the recipient.

Borders and Frames: Consider incorporating raised ink into borders or frames to create a polished and refined look. This can help draw attention to the central information on your card while adding a touch of elegance.

Embossed Elements: Combine raised ink with embossed elements for a truly tactile experience. Embossing involves raising certain parts of the cardstock without ink, providing an additional layer of texture to specific design elements.

Contrast in Finish: Explore the contrast between raised ink and flat or matte finishes. This can create a visually interesting dynamic on your business card, making it both aesthetically pleasing and memorable.

Custom Shapes and Die-Cut Options: Experiment with custom shapes or die-cut options for your business cards. The raised ink process works seamlessly with various shapes, allowing you to create a card that reflects the uniqueness of your brand.

Raised Inked Printing Process

The printing process for raised ink business cards, also known as thermography, involves several steps to achieve the unique raised effect. Here’s an overview of the process:

Design Preparation: Begin with a well-designed business card layout. The design should include the text or elements you want raised.

Ink Application: The chosen design is printed on the card stock using a wet ink. This ink is typically a special type that is more viscous than standard ink used in flat printing.

Powder Application: While the ink is still wet, a special thermographic powder (often a resin or polymer powder) is applied to the printed areas of the card. This powder adheres to the wet ink.

Excess Powder Removal: Excess powder is carefully removed from areas where it did not adhere to the wet ink. Only the areas with wet ink will retain the powder.

Heat Application: The card is then subjected to heat. The heat causes the thermographic powder to melt and fuse with the wet ink, creating a raised effect. The melted powder swells and raises the printed areas above the surface of the card.

Cooling and Setting: After the raised effect is achieved, the card is allowed to cool and the ink and powder mixture solidifies, fixing the raised texture.

This process results in a visually appealing and tactile effect, as the printed elements have a distinct raised texture that can be felt when touched. Raised ink business cards are known for their elegant and sophisticated appearance, making them a popular choice for professionals and businesses looking to make a memorable impression.

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What To Consider When Buying Raised Ink Business Cards

When exploring the option of raised ink business cards, it’s essential to take a few key factors into consideration. One noteworthy aspect is that these cards take up more space compared to their flat-printed counterparts. The three-dimensional raised ink creates a heightened stack, potentially impacting the number of cards you can conveniently carry. While not a major concern, it’s certainly worth keeping in mind.

Another aspect to bear in mind is the compatibility with gradients. Raised ink may not be the ideal choice if your design incorporates gradients. In thermography, the process involves passing paper sheets through a powder bath where thermo powder adheres to the wet ink. The sheets are then heated, causing the powder to melt and rise. Gradients pose a challenge because variations in ink density can result in an uneven coating, leading to a lack of the desired raised effect in certain parts of the print. While achievable, predicting the results may not be straightforward.

Despite these considerations, the benefits of raised ink business cards are substantial. The distinctive three-dimensional appearance they offer is unparalleled among business card effects. Moreover, they provide this unique look at a cost-effective price point. We welcome you to visit our NYC location to view actual samples of our work.

For more information, feel free to contact us at 212-406-2905 or via email at  info@japanprint.com. Elevate your business card experience with our raised ink options!

Contact Us: Contact us to discuss your requirements or to place an order for raised ink business cards. We look forward to assisting you in creating standout business cards that make a lasting impression.

Customization and Paper Options

Boost your business card design with our raised ink options. Choose from a spectrum of colors and incorporate your logo—all for one affordable price. Explore various paper options, including classic white, warm cream (natural) color paper, and sophisticated Linen business card paper, to find the perfect match for your brand.

Color Variety: Choose from diverse colors for your raised ink business cards. Whether you prefer classic tones or vibrant hues, customization allows you to align your cards with your brand aesthetic.

Logo Printing: Personalize your business cards with the inclusion of your logo. Elevate brand visibility by incorporating your distinctive emblem into the raised ink design.

Paper Options for Raised Ink Business Cards:

White Paper: Opt for the timeless elegance of white paper for a clean and classic look. White serves as a versatile backdrop that complements various design elements.

Cream (Natural) Color Paper: Infuse warmth and a touch of sophistication with cream-colored paper. This natural tone adds a subtle richness to your business cards.

Linen Business Card Paper: Choose linen paper for a textured and refined finish. The unique surface of linen paper adds a tactile dimension to your cards, enhancing their overall appeal.

Explore these customization and paper options to create raised ink business cards that reflect your brand’s identity with style and distinction.

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Pricing and Ordering

Our user-friendly site simplifies the pricing and ordering process. Utilize the price calculator to tailor your order based on size, quantity, paper type, raised ink colors, and the option to print on the back of the card. We provide transparent information on turnaround time and flexible delivery options to ensure a seamless experience.

User-Friendly Website: Navigate our user-friendly website designed to streamline the pricing and ordering process for raised ink business cards.

Customization Options: Explore customization options such as size, quantity, paper type, raised ink colors, and the choice to print on the back of the card. Tailor your business cards to match your unique brand identity.

Quote: Use our intuitive quote estimator to estimate costs based on your selected options. This tool ensures transparency in pricing and helps you stay within your budget.

Paper Selection: Choose from a variety of paper options, including classic white, cream (natural) color paper, and Linen business card paper. Select the paper that best complements your design and brand image.

Color and Logo Printing: Benefit from our all-inclusive pricing model that covers multiple colors and logo printing on business cards—all for one low price. Enjoy the freedom to express your brand creatively.

Turnaround Time: Access information on turnaround time, allowing you to plan accordingly. We understand the importance of timely delivery and strive to provide clear expectations for our clients.

Delivery Options: Select flexible delivery options that suit your timeline and preferences. We aim to make the delivery process convenient and reliable.

Additional Services for Corporate Accounts: Take advantage of our additional services for large corporate accounts, including special discounted pricing on raised printing business cards and stationery. Our commitment is to provide exceptional value and service.

Experience a seamless and transparent process when ordering raised ink business cards at Japan Print. Contact us today to upgrade your business card presentation.


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Raised Ink Business Cards

Most local printing companies in NYC rely on digital presses for the bulk of their printing. There are many benefits (we use them too) and drawbacks of using them. Perhaps one of the bigger drawbacks would be their inability to print with raised ink. You can only print with flat ink when using a digital press. Fortunately, we also have offset printing equipment, which allows us to print with thermography. We are able to do this on a relatively small scale as well.

Raised Ink printing, also known as Thermography or Thermographic Printing, is an affordable alternative to achieve a raised effect comparable to engraving and embossing. Raised Ink printing is widely considered a premium finish and is the preferred printing process for multiple high-end-oriented companies.

Thermography mixes offset printing ink with a powdered resin. This mix is baked, causing the resin to rise and giving it a textured effect. The first step when printing with Raised ink is to print the image with a slow drying ink. Next, the areas with ink are covered with the resin. Then, heat is applied, causing the resin to form a raised and glossy image.

Raised printing feels premium and out of the ordinary. It is also considerably more affordable than engraving. It adds an extra level of dimension to business cards. With raised ink, the ink literally rises upward from the card. This process results in business cards that will have a unique textured lettering or logo effect that can be felt when the business card is handled. Raised Ink is for sure one of our favorite printing finishes.
Raised ink business cards look great with minimalistic and classic designs. We recommend designs with no more than 3 colors and with no backgrounds. Logos intended to be printed with Raised Ink must be simple and easy to remember.
Our thickest paper available for this fantastic printing technique is a premium 165LB classic crest. Raised ink business cards are available on 80LB cover paper and up.

Our raised ink business cards printed in NYC are available in linen, classic crest, mohawk superfine eggshell, Strathmore and more. Raised ink looks much better on matte, uncoated paper. The glossy surface of raised ink creates the perfect contrast with this type of paper.

Raised Ink is glossy but mostly printed on matte uncoated papers.

Yes, Raised Ink Business Cards can be ordered with rounded corners or standard corners.

The standard turnaround time for Raised Ink Business Cards is 5-6 business days.

Raised ink printing is available for notecards, postcards, letterheads, and envelopes.

We recommend a maximum of 3 colors in order to keep costs affordable. However, raised ink business cards can be ordered with up to 5 colors.

Raised ink business cards are widely used in industries such as Law, finance, and other traditional businesses. However, we have developed great design ideas for creative industries such as marketing, photography, arts, and more.

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To place an order, please follow our guide

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