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Photographer’s Corner | FAQ | Business Cards

June 21st, 2010

Start-ups, where can you get good business cards around the OC?  Here’s what we’ve found (Note: Read to the end to get the Moo Card 10% off discount code): the cheap If you’re on a tight budget and need affordable business cards.  These are also safe places to print when you’re experimenting with a new […]

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Start-ups, where can you get good business cards around the OC?  Here’s what we’ve found (Note: Read to the end to get the Moo Card 10% off discount code):

the cheap

If you’re on a tight budget and need affordable business cards.  These are also safe places to print when you’re experimenting with a new look.  Here are two good spots:

Smart Levels Media

  • Starts at $19 for 250 business cards (double-sided and in color)
  • Located in Orange County (available for pickup)
  • Good quality and the quickest turnaround for the cheapest price: We’ve used this vendor from our wedding invitations, event flyers, and our first round of business cards.
  • Turnaround is available in 2-3 days
  • Good customer service
  • Limited to 14pt cardstock paper
  • WARNING: We’ve had orders with printing glitches 2 out of the 5 times we’ve ordered: prints stuck to each other or it was printed in the wrong color.  Both times, we were given complimentary reprints but it’s kind of scary if you’re cutting it close and need it ASAP.

Vista Print

  • Sells free business cards with just a charge for shipping ($9 for Matte and $15.49 for premium for 250 business cards)
  • Templates and already designed cards available
  • Turnaround and shipping available in 3 days
  • Available for international delivery
  • Personally, you can view the quality difference between this card and one printed even from Smart Levels Media.
  • Best way to go on the tightest budget or if you have no design in mind

the professional

Moo Cards

  • Starts at $21.99 for a pack of 50
  • Can prints lots of your very own different images in 1 pack
  • Thick 16 pt. card as standard
  • Easy artwork uploading
  • Ready-made designs available
  • Mini cards are also available
  • 100% recyclable premium cards are also now available
  • Available for international delivery (ships from London)

the premium

La La Press

  • Can start at $270 for 250 one color one sided business cards
  • A premier letterpress design firm in Los Angeles
  • Made of 110# Lettra 100% cotton paper
  • Beautiful designs and amazing paper for your high end clientele
  • Ask for Mabel: She rocks at getting back to you and helping you out.

a dictionary

When we started looking around, we ran into some new terms.  Here are some tips to help you make sense if it’s a new language when you start to order your business card:

  • 14/16 etc. pt:
  • deboss: An image/area pressed into paper or board creating a sunken area.
  • emboss: A raised image impressed onto an item’s surface
  • letterpress: a form of printing in which ink is applied to the raised surface of the type.
  • matte: flat: not reflecting light; not glossy

some extra tips

  • Be prepared with the number of sides and colors for your business card design.
  • Ask around and make sure you have the right amount (and not more than) information for your card.

our business cards

Right now, we’ve got a his and her business card.  More to come!

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