Whether you’re a small business specialising in unique greetings cards, or just a keen crafter wanting to add a personal touch to your cards, this handy guide is for you! From choosing the right paper to selecting the correct print settings, here we will discuss how to print your very own greetings cards, step-by-step. Our aim is to make your job easier, so below you will find everything you need to make greetings cards efficiently and effectively.

There are 4 steps to creating a greetings card:
There are four steps to creating a greetings card: choosing the right paper, creating your template, designing your card and printing your card.

1. CHOOSING THE RIGHT PAPER

Firstly, you will need to decide what size(s) you would like to create. We offer the following sizes in a variety of paper types:

Next, you will need to choose your paper type. We have a variety of high-quality papers available, with brands including Pinnacle (pre-creased), Hahnemühle and Ilford. Each of these ranges offers several variations, including Matte, Glossy, Pearl and Lustre paper types. With so many to choose from, it’s important to have a look around and see which paper type works best for what you need – our customer service team can also help you with this! Browse some of our bestsellers below: 

2. CREATE YOUR TEMPLATE

Creating your template(s) can be done with ease using software such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Suite.

In Microsoft Word:
  • Create a new document and set the orientation to landscape
  • Go to layout > size > more paper sizes. Here you can add your paper measurements (or select a preset if it’s a common size). Remember, you are choosing the paper size, not the final card size. If you are printing an A5 card, your document will need to be A4. (For document sizes, scroll to step 4)
In Adobe Photoshop:
  • Create a new document
  • Enter the paper size you need (see step 4)
  • Select CMYK for the colour mode and set your resolution (we recommend 300ppi for the best quality)

*Don’t forget to save these presets for future use*

Download our templates below:

3. DESIGN YOUR CARD

Let your creative side take over and get designing!

4. PRINT YOUR CARD

Now that your design and template are ready, it’s time to bring your card to life! Here’s how to print your greetings cards:

1. Load your pre-creased paper into the printer, making sure to set the orientation to landscape mode.
2. Ensure that you have selected the correct output tray, and the correct output size.
3. Ensure that you have selected the correct settings for your paper type. It’s important to adjust the media type and mode to ensure the highest quality print. Each of our Pinnacle papers have a printing guide available to download within the product listing. Shop Pinnacle paper here.
4. If you are printing text inside the card, ensure you print the outer design first.


See below for the paper sizes required for each greetings card:
  • Ensure you allow the ink to dry completely before touching or folding your cards to avoid smudging
  • Not all paper is designed to be printed on both sides – if you are printing text/images on the inside, we recommend opting for a double-sided paper
  • Use Photoshop for best printing results – Photoshop has more advanced features, such as colour management
  • With Pinnacle pre-creased paper, the raised crease goes on the outside, with the flat crease on the inside

Don't forget to order your envelopes too! Shop envelopes here
Whether you’re a small business specialising in unique greetings cards, or just a keen crafter wanting to add a personal touch to your cards, this handy guide is for you! From choosing the right paper to selecting the correct print settings, here we will discuss how to print your very own greetings cards, step-by-step. Our aim is to make your job easier, so below you will find everything you need to make greetings cards efficiently and effectively.

There are 4 steps to creating a greetings card:
There are four steps to creating a greetings card: choosing the right paper, creating your template, designing your card and printing your card.

1. CHOOSING THE RIGHT PAPER

Firstly, you will need to decide what size(s) you would like to create. We offer the following sizes in a variety of paper types:

Next, you will need to choose your paper type. We have a variety of high-quality papers available, with brands including Pinnacle (pre-creased), Hahnemühle and Ilford. Each of these ranges offers several variations, including Matte, Glossy, Pearl and Lustre paper types. With so many to choose from, it’s important to have a look around and see which paper type works best for what you need – our customer service team can also help you with this! Browse some of our bestsellers below: 

2. CREATE YOUR TEMPLATE

Creating your template(s) can be done with ease using software such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Suite.

In Microsoft Word:
  • Create a new document and set the orientation to landscape
  • Go to layout > size > more paper sizes. Here you can add your paper measurements (or select a preset if it’s a common size). Remember, you are choosing the paper size, not the final card size. If you are printing an A5 card, your document will need to be A4. (For document sizes, scroll to step 4)
In Adobe Photoshop:
  • Create a new document
  • Enter the paper size you need (see step 4)
  • Select CMYK for the colour mode and set your resolution (we recommend 300ppi for the best quality)

*Don’t forget to save these presets for future use*

Download our templates below:

3. DESIGN YOUR CARD

Let your creative side take over and get designing!

4. PRINT YOUR CARD

Now that your design and template are ready, it’s time to bring your card to life! Here’s how to print your greetings cards:

1. Load your pre-creased paper into the printer, making sure to set the orientation to landscape mode.
2. Ensure that you have selected the correct output tray, and the correct output size.
3. Ensure that you have selected the correct settings for your paper type. It’s important to adjust the media type and mode to ensure the highest quality print. Each of our Pinnacle papers have a printing guide available to download within the product listing. Shop Pinnacle paper here.
4. If you are printing text inside the card, ensure you print the outer design first.


See below for the paper sizes required for each greetings card:
  • Ensure you allow the ink to dry completely before touching or folding your cards to avoid smudging
  • Not all paper is designed to be printed on both sides – if you are printing text/images on the inside, we recommend opting for a double-sided paper
  • Use Photoshop for best printing results – Photoshop has more advanced features, such as colour management
  • With Pinnacle pre-creased paper, the raised crease goes on the outside, with the flat crease on the inside

Don't forget to order your envelopes too! Shop envelopes here
T:  0116 2681240
E: sales@paperspectrum.co.uk 
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© Copyright 2023 Dupli. All rights reserved.