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Old 08-22-2017, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default Suggestions for Economical DIY Spot Gloss

I'd like to have an isolated rectangle of gloss on a business card (to simulate the plastic bubble of an action figure card). I called some online printing services and, as expected, a spot gloss would elevate the cost dramatically. I haven't bothered calling any local shops. So I'm brainstorming economical DIY ways to achieve this effect, and the best method I've come up with is to create a small stencil and individually spray each card with Krylon clear acrylic gloss spray. Hopefully on a 14-16 pt stock, this would work. Does anyone have experience with such a task, or could you offer an alternative suggestion to simulate spot gloss?
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I can imagine doing this for a very small run of cards. Like one, maybe two. ;-)

I'd imagine you'll need to make the stencil out of a thin, slightly adhesive material so that you won't get seepage underneath the edges. For just a few, a masking material like Rubylith would be perfect. If they still make/sell the stuff. I'd imagine anyplace that sells airbrush supplies would have alternatives. If they still sell airbrush supplies.

Dick Blick maybe?

   
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I can imagine doing this for a very small run of cards. Like one, maybe two. ;-)
To clarify, I don't have hopes of doing this to an entire card run. My main reason is to take photography of it for my portfolio. I see also kinds of great packaging and other designs in online portfolios, but for the average person, it would be excessively pricey to accomplish a lot of that. This is my own design idea that I can at least apply to a few cards and demonstrate in a portfolio without anyone having to pay an arm or a leg.

However, it might not be a bad idea for a dozen of so of these to be made for the business owner to hand out when he encounters a potentially big connection that he wants to impress (his "platinum" business card, as it were).

I'll look into rubylith. Thanks for the suggestion.
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You might also check places like Vistaprint for prices on spot varnish work. They're very reasonable, produce good quality work (at least IM deservedly HO) and are easy to deal with.

   
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Does it have to be real gloss?

There are other ways of showing the plastic bubble like this one?

   
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You might also check places like Vistaprint for prices on spot varnish work.
From Vista Print, a thousand business cards with a spot gloss cost $131. That's not necessarily bad, but I'm pretty sure my client wouldn't go for it. He wants to keep print cost under $50.

I had someone else tell me that Rubylith would not work, having to do with it not wanting to stick to any material once pulled away from its polyester backing.

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Does it have to be real gloss?

There are other ways of showing the plastic bubble like this one?
Yeah, a card bubble like that. I just thought it would be fun to try to simulate the plastic bubble with a glossy effect.
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>> I had someone else tell me that Rubylith would not work, having to do with it not wanting to stick to any material once pulled away from its polyester backing.

Possibly so, but as I mentioned, there are other masking materials that airbrush artists use, stuff that's specifically intended for this kind of thing.

   
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