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CARD STRUCTURE AND SUBLIMATION

Core

Standard is a white core, however in case of dark or colour-intensive card designs, a coloured core has a positive effect on the overall appearance of the card. Especially if these colours are part of the design. The core foil colours available are, orange, black, blue, red and green.

A transparent core, called Translucent, is another option. Please note that to work with this type of card an infrared blocker is used and colour changes in the print will / might occur, e.g. blue tends to have a green cast.

Print

Colour printing can be done in the CMYK or Pantone range.
CMYK (4C) stands for the three colour components cyan, magenta, yellow and black, traditionally referred to as the Key, hence K. With CMYK printing, the individual colours are applied to the card by one.

The Pantone colour system, on the other hand, is based on 14 basic colours that mixed with varying amounts of colour components, represent further colours of the Pantone system; also called pure colours.

Background and design-effects

Our state-of-the-art techniques offer virtually unlimited design options.

  • Using the screen printing process, produces a metallic sheen
    The basic colours are metallic gold, silver and mother-of-pearl. Different shades of silver, gold and bronze can be created from these colours.
  • Glitter pigments that generate a metallic effect are applied on top of the design. They are available in gold, silver and different shades of blue.
  • A silky sheen is created by using the effect pigment Iriodin. Depending on the surface structure and colour as well as the paint application, this might create an iridescent colour effect of breath-taking beauty. This effect is usually applied in silver.
  • Luxan consists of tiny, transparent glass particles that generate an exquisite pearlescent lustre.
  • The Steel Blue tilt-effect is created with gloss pigments, that change from silver to blue when tilting the card.
  • Through hot-foil embossing PVC cards are enhanced visually. The coating of the foil is removed by pressure and heat and then pressed onto the card.
  • A similar effect of mirror foil is created by Hololam material, which is applied over the entire surface of the card.
  • Cards with a fluorescent or neon-coloured background are further design options.

Lamination

Through a lamination layer the PVC cards are effectively protected from external influences – available in either matt or glossy.

Either he entire card can be laminated or parts thereof. Partial lamination, known as spot varnish, is mainly used on matt laminated cards e.g. to highlight logos. Please note that spot varnish is not suitable in the personalization field as the topping foil does not stick to the lamination.

A laser overlay applied on a sublimation print will prevent fading. This lamination is heat- resistant and can be lasered.

Structural lamination is used to create a very distinctive and extraordinary look. Especially manufactured embossed metal sheets are used to highlight the lamination haptically.

By using colour edging, the border/edge of the card is tinted after completion. The spectrum ranges from coloured and matt to metallic and glossy.

Magnetic stripe

As an alternative to the standard black magnetic stripe we offer coloured ones in red, green, blue, gold and silver. Further, as a last step, the screen printing process makes it possible to apply lettering to the magnetic stripe e.g. in white, black, gold or silver.

We gladly assist you in all aspects of your individual card design.

Please contact us at +49 6102 81680-11 or info-mails@gnc-cardservices.de

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