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hochwertige visitenkarten mit prägung

Wir haben gerade den Druck dieser hochwertigen Visitenkarten mit Prägung für den preisgekrönten kroatischen Designer Luka Balic beendet. Luka war auf der Suche nach etwas besonderem für seine Visitenkarten und sah die Karten, die wir für den britischen Designer David Airey angefertigthatten. Luka’s wie auch David Airey’s Visitenkarten wurden auf Gmund 600g/m² Linen Creme gedruckt.

EN: Luka Balic approached Kikisoso after viewing our business cards that we created for UK graphic Designer David Airey. We used the same 600 gsm weight cotton card from quality paper manufacturer Gmund. A simple one sided – one colored letterpress print onto the exquisit cotton paper.

hochwertige visitenkarten mit prägung
Gmund Baumwolle Papier mit Prägung

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Designer and programmer Berndt Kraemer designed the layout for these cards for his client Kai Bretall and he wanted something a bit special to make the cards stand out from the crowd when his client visited business gatherings. Blind deboss and edge painting was the solution. This is where the edge painting really takes over. Using a heavy stock, in this instance the 100% cotton 600gsm Gmund New Grey the orange/yellow edge colour was the perfect contrast.

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Edge pained with a lovely bright and contrasting orange. Here you can see how thick these cards really are. With edge painting it is best to use thicker stock to make the colour pop.

The rear side of the cards was treated with a blind de-boss meaning without inking up, we pressed the photopolymer plate hard against the cotton paper to produce an impression into the card which was not only visible but could be felt with the fingertips running over the soft surface, basically that’s what the new era of modern letterpress is all about.

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See more of our letterpress business cards here and here. If you are interested in having your own business cards letterpress cards printed then simply drop us a line here and we will be happy to give you a competitive quotation. We also printed the business cards for the UK’s well know Graphic Designer David Airey, also printed on Gmund cotton 600gsm paper with an orange edge finish. You can read more about that here



Close up of the logo we created, pressed nicely into the soft cotton stock.

We created (designed and Printed) these simple business cards for Cologne Bienwerk Imkerei (local beekeeper and honey producer). Printed on soft cotton card and a decent impression easily felt on the fingertips.


Here you can see what makes letterpress different from the standard business card.

The paper is extremely soft to the touch and with the impression of the logo and text gives it that haptic and luxurious quality with which standard cards just can’t compare.

read about Bienwerk’s honey labels on our earlier post here. See more of our letterpress cards here. Alternatively, you can see our edge painted letterpress business cards for UK Graphic Designer David Airey or a preview of Cologne based designer Nick Bohlen’s 2 colour cards printed on Cranes lettra cotton stock.


me and mietz letterpress cards

Martina from Me and Mietz ordered a set of our cute little ‘kiki-petits‘ for her minimal business card. Martina’s runs a fashion blog and she gave me a little explanation into the name. Mietz (short for Mietzekatze)  is a little white fluffy cat who accompanies her during her daily life and when traveling. Mietz the cat is illustrated by talented illustrator Maya under her own column on the blog called “Mietz by Maya”.

me and mietz letterpress cards

kiki petites – beautifully packaged in tissue paper and their own presentation box

me and mietz letterpress cards

me and mietz‘s gift wrapped kiki petites just before being shipped off to Martina. You can view Martina’s website here

Project info:
Format 5cm x 7cm
Dark grey rubber based ink (Pantone black and white mixed)
Printed on our house paper 100% cotton Cranes Lettra
We printed 100 of these cards one-by-one on our Antique printing press and sent them in a beautiful presentation box

We would love to hear your comments. What do you think of the cards, do you like the packaging?

See more of our letterpress calling cards here

Letterpress Visitenkarten für Bohlen Design

We printed these Letterpress Business cards for our friend and Cologne Südstadt neighbor Nick Bohlen. Nick supplied the layout for the cards and we printed them on 100% cotton stock. The orange colour is often hard to achieve using digital printing on a CMYK pallet. This is one of the beauties of letterpress printing, where we can use the Pantone base colors to mix almost any colour we need.

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A lovely bright orange without the brown tinge often seen in digital printing using a CMYK colour system

We achieved a fair impression on the cards keeping in mind that we never want to have any evidence of the print on the rear of the card. The logo signet of the ‘n’ and ‘b’ in Nick’s logo, raises nicely from the background, a haptic quality synonymous with embossing. The orange was a delight to print, requiring only one pass on the printer and therefore keeping the colour true. As letterpress ink has a certain transparency, a second pass would change the colour significantly. This is why sometimes we have to mix a colour for 2 passes or for a single pass and it can all even be determined by room temperature, paper or even the consistency of the ink.

Letterpress Druckerei in Köln

Project info:
Orange mixed to match Nick’s orange color chip. 100% Pantone black used for the text.
100% bright white cotton card used for it’s brightness, soft finish and great impression.
We printed 100 of these cards one-by-one on our Antique printing press

Do you like the cards? We always love to hear from you so be sure to leave your comments below.


original business cards - circular business cards

DE –  Als wir den Namen ‘Spotz’ (Punkt) hörten, hatten wir sofort die Idee zu der kleinen runden Visitenkarte. Da sich die Firma Spotz in der Pre Launch Phase befindet und um Aufmerksamkeit und Neugier bei Kunden zu wecken, haben wir nur den Namen, Titel und Webadresse abgebildet. Diese kleinen Karten sind wie kleine Punkte mit einem schwarzen Kern. Dafür haben wir erst zwei Seiten der Visitenkarten im Letterpress Verfahren gedruckt, und dann mit schwarzem 300gms Papier in der Mitte verleimt, das wird Duplex genannt.


EN – Circular business cards are certainly not your everyday run of the mill calling cards, but then neither is our client Alan Edwards’s new company Spotz. Although the company has not yet been launched it will certainly be something very different and thats why we wanted to create these special little ‘Spotz’ cards to stand out.

The design was very simple as we decided to leave the most details out of Alan’s card, in fact just a name, title and web address to create a little curiosity while the business takes shape behind the scenes. The first idea was to print the cards on 600gsm card with a double sided print as you can see if you click here. The problem that we had with the one thickness card was that when we die-cut the circles the edges were not flat but slightly rounded due to the die pinching the soft card and pressing it hard against the platen. This meant that it would not be possible to edge paint the cards as planned. after experimenting a little with the thicker card we decided that we could do something a little different and achieve a colored edge without painting.

The idea was to sandwich a thick black card between two 300gsm cotton  layers and this worked a treat. Of course this was a lot of work, the letterpress printing was down first for both sides on the 300gsm paper and then they were cut into 5 cm circles along with the 300gsm jet-black card stock before being duplexed. The result, a beautifully thick double sided circular card with a lovely impression and a colored edge to boot. We are very happy with the result and they have just been shipped off to Alan in London.

bespoke letterpress - circular business cards


we sent David Airey a stack of edge painted business cards a few weeks back and he was delighted. David Is a very well known Graphic Designer and Author ( logo design loveWork for Money, Design for Love ) and is also the editor of three of the most popular design blogs on the Internet attracting hundreds of thousands of subscribers and more than 600K visitors every month.

David Airey Business cards - Edge painted

David Airey’s own design – We gave the cards a deeper impression as we were working with 600gsm cards

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Soft and thick Gmund Linen 600gsm card –  Ideal for edge painting

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You can catch up with David’s comments on the cards on his own blog here or any of his other blogs:, and
and you can see more examples of edge painted cards here


here is one of our latest letterpress köln hand printed business cards. the project entailed the layout design and print for Beate R. the proprietor of the wool shop Schnurstrax Stricken situated in the Bayenthal area of Köln. Beate wanted something different, that you could feel with a haptic quality related to, and to communicate her business. Our thick and fluffy 100% cotton lettra paper was just the right thing.


Settling on a 2 colour / 2 sided print, we then created a new layout for the cards, allowing the wool ball to unravel and stretch nicely across to the second side of the card and spelling out the web address. It also allowed for a nice arrangement when displaying the cards together.

We are almost as thrilled as Beate with the outcome. To put it in her own words, “I like them so much, I don’ want to give them away”. A nice complement for our work 😉


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