Our Process

Using our advanced photochemical milling process, we can etch and cut steel with incredible precision. This allows for intricate surface-etched designs, cut-through shapes and perforations. Quite different from printing onto the surface of the metal (which tends to rub away over time), we etch the text into the steel itself.

Etched text contrasts with the flat, fine grained surface steel, ensuring good legibility and amazing clarity. If you’re looking for a super-sharp way to make a great first impression, then look no further.

Designs can be modified and enhanced using infill inks to highlight the etched effect, or to pick out specific areas. Print can also be applied in larger spaces for a stunning flat colour on one or both sides of the card. The combination of effects available for bespoke customisation mean that your creative vision is easily achieved. To guide you through the possibilities, our experts are here to help and offer advice or samples of the most commonly used effects available.  Take a look at our gallery pages to see what some of our other customers have produced with the Metal Card Company.

Metal Card Shaping & Cut-Throughs

The Metal Card Company can create metal cards from a standard (credit card size) CR80 metal business card to hundreds of custom shapes, bespoke sizes and formats. The only real limitation is your imagination!

As part of the process of etching, we are able to cut through the steel (as if it were die-cut out) to alter the outline shape of the card itself by cutting away metal from the perimeter. So cards can be round, oval, rectangular, square, abstract or totally non-linear and no sharp edges.  And best of all, there’s no additional charge for creating a bespoke shaped card.

Card Thickness Guide

We can supply our metal media cards in 6 different thickness gauges, ranging from just 0.2mm right up to a substantial 1mm thick.

You can choose a precision cut all the way through the metal and design your own card shape to really stand out from the crowd.  We’re here to help – our team will ensure that every aspect of your experience is above expectation. Quality artwork inspection and advice, quick turn-around, personal attention, and great market impact for your brand are just a few of the quality features you’ll experience with us.

Spot Colour Printing

These metal cards are chemically etched as standard. They can then be infilled with a Pantone spot colour for greater impact (etching only will create a very precise, but subtle indentation into the metal, equating to about 10% of the card thickness only).

For unique membership cards, unique or sequential numbering, or member individual names, please supply a master font and Excel document with variable data in separated cells. Please note, we can also apply signature strips, magnetic strips, QR codes and bar-code, call to request more details on 01473 836227

Standard & Bespoke Finishes

Our most popular ready to purchase cards are available to buy directly online in either matt stainless steel or matt black metallic and in 3 standard sizes: business card (less than 85.6 x 54mm), and A5 and A6 invitation sizes.

See our  Buy It Now page to purchase from this range – where you can also add standard finishes like ‘brushed’ steel and your choice of Pantone ink infill, in addition to any surface etching. We also offer a huge range of more complex coloured metal cards with a variety of options, finishes and processes to achieve your perfect result. As this is a bespoke solution, we prefer to guide our customers through the range of options available.  These bespoke options include: Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, Antique Copper, Antique Bronze and Gun Metal finishes, plus all over flood print.

If you require a sample of this before you place an order, please fill in your details here and we’ll post one out to you. We may charge a small fee for these samples, this can normally be refunded against your order.  We look forward to reviewing your artwork and advising on helping you to find the many finishes available perfect solution for you.

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If you need a sample before you order or want to view the Finishes range check out the links or if you’re ready to order, click the button and we can get your ideas into production, today.

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