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Prices exclude VAT which is added at checkout. Some items are zero-rated for VAT, including leaflets, flyers and booklets. Prices do not include design work. Contact us for a quote if this is required.

Let it shine!

Spot varnish is an excellent way of adding some quirkiness to a standard business card, setting them apart from the competition with unexpected flair.

Simply select elements of your design you'd like the light to catch. The way it works is simple: a clear polymer coating is applied to the area and is then exposed to UV light, hardening the liquid and creating a hardwearing, glossy varnish.

We offer both standard spot varnish and our recently developed 3D varnish; the latter providing a more prominently raised area. Choose from either matt or soft-touch lamination to perfect the professional look.

Varnish not for you? Perhaps you'd like to try foil, or take a look at the whole selection here.

Please note: due to the extra thickness of the 3D varnish, it cannot be applied right to the edge of your cards, as it would crack when they are trimmed to size. The spot varnish, shown in the first example photo above, will still give your cards very decent height.

Don't forget to recycle our products where possible!

Turnaround Time

Standard: 5 working days

Express: 3 working days

Turnaround times are from supply of correct, print-ready artwork, or if we are doing the design, approval of proofs. Working days are Monday - Friday and exclude bank holidays.

Do you have any suggestions as to where I should have varnish applied?

A common choice is to have your company's logo and/or name be branded with spot varnish, as it's the area that needs to have the most impact.

Spot varnish also works really well when applied to darker coloured backgrounds. The gloss contrasts with the matt finish of the lamination, so it's often used as an impressive alternative to printing decorative elements.

Can I have my entire business card coated?

It's certainly possible! We'd recommend only choosing certain elements of your card to have varnish applied to, though, as we have lamination options on our other business cards.

Supplying Your Own Design

Please supply your design as a PDF file, with 3mm bleed. Trim marks are optional.

Finished Size: 85mm x 55mm

Size with Bleed: 91mm x 61mm

Please allow a minimum 3mm safe-zone inside the trim line, which should contain no text or other critical elements.

Please ensure all fonts are embedded or text is converted to outlines/curves.

For more information, please see our Artwork Supply Guide page.

Spot Varnish

Please provide separate page/pages of your PDF, or separate PDF file/files, showing the exact area that you want the varnish applied to. Do this in a single colour (100% black is normally easiest). Ensure that the page size is set the same as for the printed parts of your design.

Professional Design Service

We offer a full, professional design service charged at £40 + VAT per hour. You can find more information about this on our Graphic Design page

Can’t find exactly what you want?

We’ve tried to cover a large range of products and options on the site, but we can’t cover every possible specification. If you need anything that isn’t listed here, chances are we can still do it. Most products are available…

– At any size
– In any quantity
– On any paper/card
– With additional finishing options

Whatever you need, you can ask us for a custom quote through our bespoke quote form or call us on 0114 2669000.