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Custom Holographic Card Printing

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If you want to make cards that really catch the eye, then why not use the glittering enchantment of holographic paper? Here, we reveal everything you need to know about printing custom holographic cards

One of the most striking visual effects that you can create when designing either playing cards, game cards, collectible cards, gift cards, or any other cards, is with the use of holographic paper. A perfect blend of optical science and high-level paper technology, holographic card is a material like no other. It creates a spectacular visual impression and you can incorporate it into a sparkling spectrum of projects.

At QinPrinting, we are experts in holographic card creation—and we can help with everything from design, specialist printing techniques, and production of your finished cards. 25 years and more of success in the industry; an expert, caring team; state-of-the-art technology; and unrivaled customer service make us the first choice for your pop-up printing needs.

How Much Does It Cost to Print Holographic Cards?

The exact cost of printing holographic cards depends on the choice of size, number, and any special finishes. But you can get an idea by looking at the at-a-glance chart. 

Holographic Card Printing Price Chart

All prices listed in USD

Quantity 200 sets 500 sets 1000 sets 5000 sets 10000 sets
1 design / set
2 designs / set
3 designs / set
4 designs / set
5 designs / set
  • Please note that all prices are EXW our facility and do not include shipping costs.
  • Card size: 2.5 x 3.5″
  • 300gsm holographic cardboard on both sides, round corners

Our minimum order quantity (MOQ) is 200 sets. But the more units you order in a single print run, the less you pay per unit. 

What Are Custom Holographic Cards?

Holographic card is a special type of iridescent card popular for printing game character cards, trading cards, sports cards, gift cards, and many more besides. They are frequently referred to as hologram cards, holofoil cards, or just foil cards. It is basically a thin film of multicolored metallic foil, carefully applied on the surface of the card prior to printing. The finished sheet has a characteristic luster — a kind of rainbow iridescence — when the imprinted pattern is viewed from particular perspectives.

Custom holographic cards are those that we make for you according to your own design and artwork ideas—either as an independent project as a component in a board game, or for any other purpose you require.

Custom Holographic Cards

Custom Metallic Foil Cards

An interesting and popular variation on standard holographic card is metallic foil card, which rather than having the iridescent rainbow effect comes in a monochrome metallic sheen with colors such as gold, silver, copper, and bronze.

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Custom Holographic Foil Cards

Custom Holographic Card Types

Holographic and metallic foil card are striking options for a wide spectrum of uses. Among the most popular are:

Custom holographic game cards

Custom holographic game cards

These can be for a card-only game or character and action cards incorporated into a custom board game, for example.

Custom holographic trading cards

Custom holographic trading cards

Trading cards are immensely popular. Whether you’re designing the basic set or creating high-value add-ons and booster packs for a pre-existent game, holographic card is certainly worth considering.

Custom holographic playing cards

Custom holographic playing cards

Your game needn’t be innovative to benefit from the distinctive look of holographic material. Whether as a corporate gift, a marketing gimmick for a professional magician, or for your retail business, holographic playing cards are always eye-catching and memorable.

Printing Techniques for Custom Holographic Cards

UV printing is the most common, effective, and fastest solution for holographic card printing. We use special UV printing machines to apply a clear, glossy coating to a selected area of a printed page as opposed to the entire sheet. After all the other printing procedures, including laminating, we normally finish it with UV. Using a die-cut template based on vector pictures and text, we apply the photo reactive inks. After it has been transferred, the coating is exposed to ultraviolet radiation (thus the “UV” in the name), which allows it to dry rapidly. As a result, a glossy, emphasized region or design feature “pops” off the page and attracts attention. With holographic paper, it’s especially powerful as it helps to create a stunning “3D” effect in the printed area.

Holographic Card Sizes

Which card size you choose for your custom holographic cards depends on your artistic preferences, the practical requirements of your game or other project, and your budget. If you opt for one of our standard sizes, then we’ll already have the die cut molds in stock and won’t need to charge you any added fees. If you select an unusual size, then we may need to charge you an added fee to make the mold before printing.

The most popular holographic playing card size is 2.5″ x 3.5″. We have the following card size molds in our stock:

2.5″ x 3.5″ card
2.5" x 3.5"
63 mm x 88 mm card
63 x 88 mm
72 x 100 mm card
72 x 100 mm
79 x 84 mm card
79 x 84 mm
100 x 140 mm card
100 x 140 mm
5.5″ x 5.5″ card
5.5″ x 5.5″
160 x 224 mm card
160 x 224 mm

Custom Printed Holographic Card Surface Options

Aside from printing on holographic paper, we offer several options for finishing the surface of your cards. Adding a final coating can help protect the cards from scuffing, scratching, and dirt or moisture. It can also give the finished cards are more polished, professional look.


A gloss or matte varnish can be applied to one or both sides of the card for protection and to help make the colors of the printed artwork more vivid.

gloss lamination
Special Coating

Gloss, matte, or soft-touch lamination are great options for finishing cards. With this method, we apply a thin plastic film over the surface which is then adhered and cured using heat.

Holographic Card Printing Textured Coating
Textured Coating

We can apply a special coating to the cards which gives them a textured finish such as linen, beaten metal, or parchment, for example. This can be the perfect effect for fantasy or history inspired games.

Holographic Card Printing Foil Stamping

Foil stamping uses a special mold called a die to apply an area of metallic foil to the surface of the card. Gold, silver, copper, and bronze are the most common colors, but we can do a range of pigments, including black or white, too.

Custom Individual Numbers and QR Codes

Besides custom holographic card printing, we also can print individual serial numbers and QR codes on each holographic card if you wish. This can be a great option to link your physical cards to a virtual property such as your website or online store, or for integrated online and offline games. Serial numbers are a good addition to your cards if you release them intermittently and have a collection model where certain numbers are rarer and have a higher trading value.

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Custom Holographic Card Packaging

Of course, you may want to include packaging in your custom holographic card project. At QinPrinting, we also specialize in custom printed packaging products, so we have you covered if you’d like to create a matching branded box for your card decks or just safely shrink wrap them for storage and transport. The most popular packaging options for cards are:

Tuck end box

Basic cardboard boxes with tuck-end closuresthese are the boxes you’ll be familiar with from poker cards. We can design the box to fit your finished cards, print it with your artwork, logo, and text you wish for, and finish the surface with varnish, lamination, or other coverings depending on your needs.

Magnetic closure rigid card box

Magnetic rigid boxesthese are a little more robust than the basic box, with a hinged lid and a flap which closes with an inserted magnet fastening.

Telescope rigid card boxes

Telescope rigid boxesthese are two-part boxes made of sturdy paperboard. The main tray holds the cards and then a separate lid, slightly wider than the tray, is over the top. The lid can completely or partially cover the tray, depending on your design choices.

Shrink wrapping packaging

Shrink wrap per setboxed or not, we can also shrink wrap each set of cards for extra protection during storage and transit.

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If you’re a game designer or developer, or a business, an entrepreneur, or a professional magician looking for an innovative and striking way to promote your brand  — and only the finest product, unmatched customer service, and unbeatable prices will do — we should talk about custom holographic cards. Get in touch today to chat through your needs or to ask for a no-obligation quote. We can’t wait to help you!

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