When was the last time you received a greetings card from a friend or family member? When was the last time you sent one? In the age of digital communications, sending cards and letters is a bit of a dying art form. After all, an email or instant message is easier, faster and cheaper. Or, at least, that how it seems…
Despite the obstacles to doing it, there’s something about sending a real-life missive that’s just irresistibly rewarding. So what if the world of technology meant you could send more cards out into the world, spreading good cheer whichever doormat they eventually land upon?
If you have a home printer, here’s some good news: not only can printing your own cards save you lots of money (particularly over the long term), it can also make even more of a positive impact than something ‘mass produced’. So, whether you want to print birthday or Christmas cards, or need to get a last-minute anniversary or Valentine’s card sorted, reading the rest of this article means you’re on the right track!
How to print your own greetings cards
Depending on what you want or need to print, creating something beautiful, authentic and professional from the comfort of your own home is just a few clicks away.
Before you start…
Now, as with all creative undertakings, it’s important to check you have everything you need before you get started. If you make the mistake of getting stuck in, without thought of what tools or software you’ll need by step three, you run the risk of becoming stuck and frustrated halfway through a task that’s meant to be fun and full of love.
And nobody wants that. So here, without further ado, is what you need:
- Special greeting card paper. You can easily buy this online, but most high street stationers will stock it too. It might be worth checking that printer can handle the thickness of the paper you want it to print on, but most modern printers can handle more than you might expect.
- A card design. Sounds obvious, but it’s easy to forget in all the excitement of printing your own card that you actually need to design one first! We’ve included a few ideas below for how you might come up with the perfect design.
- A printer. You want a device that can handle thicker varieties of paper – or even thin card – and good quality ink. However, as mentioned, the vast majority of modern household printers will do the job absolutely fine.
Designing your greetings card
Drawing and scanning: perhaps the most ‘old-school’ way to design a card, but it’s still a winner. A hand-drawn card design can be scanned and digitised on a computer to create something totally unique and homemade, while also being really professional. Another advantage: although it might take a while to create the design, don’t forget there’s no limit to how many times you can print it.
Design software: there are a multitude of design tools out there – you’ve probably got at least one pre-installed on your laptop. There are also lots of great ones online, that are easy to use even if you’re not a graphic designer.
Online template: possibly the quickest and easiest option – find and use an online template for your card and take the bulk of the hard work out of designing your card.
Printing your greetings card
So you’ve got the paper, the printer and the perfect design. Now it’s finally time to turn your masterpiece into reality. Here’s how:
First, make sure that you’ve set your printer to its highest quality settings – no point in using the ‘eco print’ or ‘fast draft’ option here! Next, make sure the paper type option is the right selection – giving your printer a clue that you’re going to printing on something other than the usual paper will help it tackle the challenge more smoothly.
Second, make sure you have enough ink – and that all the colours you need are topped up. If you’re running low – and depending on your design – consider restocking before you press Print.
Third, make sure to set the design on your page horizontally so that you can fold the card in half once it’s been printed.
All good? Insert the thicker paper or card into your printer and print the first side of your design. If you’re going to print something on the inside as well, make sure you wait for the first side to dry completely before you reinsert the paper or card for round two.
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Once your card is printed and dry on both sides, we recommend either using something sharp to score the fold line, or folding it over a ruler or other straight edge – it’ll make all the difference to that professional look you’re going for!
And there you have it – a home printed greetings card. Pop it in an envelope, rustle up a stamp and you’re good to go! Oh and congratulations, you’ve just made someone’s day!
Last modified: December 19, 2017