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BROWSE


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Client

Wordcake Communications


Quantity Produced

500


Production Cost

$91 printing
$16 punch


Production Time

1 day

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

2 in × 2.5 in


Page Count


Paper Stock

Neenah Classic Crest, Solar White 100 lb cover


Number of Colors

CMYK

Varnishes


Binding


Typography

Hand lettering, OPTI Amadeus Solid and Faxfont Standard

 

Low budgets can sometimes be disheartening and stop us from searching for clever solutions that result in something that doesn’t look, well, cheap. But there are indeed ways! Like faking an expensive die-cut with an oval punch worth $19 and printing digitally on a nice uncoated paper like Neenah’s Classic Crest. Of course, it also helps when your client is willing to do a little bit of the hard work… Designer Mette of Bureau of Betterment explains:

Jen wasn’t rolling in dough from creative writing (yet), so an economic solution was needed that would still help her stand out. I scoured the internet for an oval punch that could take the place of a diecut. Turns out, crafters have thought of almost everything, so after a bit of sleuthing I found several oval punches, perfect for the miniature platter shape that her business cards would become.

The cards were printed digitally and then hand punched by Jen in about an hour, after which she claimed she’d sprained her thumb. I told her she would have to toughen up, because once The Onion started calling and she had to churn out snarky story upon snarky story in record time, her thumb would have no reprieve.

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Bureau of Betterment: Mette Hornung Rankin

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Printing

Brown Printing

This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Bryony

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

June 10, 2010

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