Not only can printing your own greetings cards at home save you a good deal of money in the long term, but it can also serve to make a much greater impression on your intended recipient then a mass produced card. Whether you are looking to print a Birthday, anniversary or last minute valentine’s day card then you have come to the right place because we are going to tell you how.
Whether you want to print out cards for a birthday, anniversary, holiday, achievement or event, it is possible to print out professional looking greeting cards at home.
Before you start the process of printing cards at home you are going to need to make sure that you have all of the essential ingredients, namely:
- Greeting card paper that is available from most high street stationary stores (you should be able to find some that is specifically designed for the type of printer you will be using)
- A design for your card, either from an online template or self-designed (you should be able to find publishing software online)
- A printer that is able to handle thicker varieties of paper and good quality ink. Most modern household printers will do the job
Printing your greetings card
After you have finished designing your card, it is important that you make sure of two things:
- That you have set your printer on its highest quality setting and that the ‘paper type’ is to set to card or the setting that indicates to the printer that it is printing on thicker paper. This can be changes in the printer settings, either on the manufacturer supplied software, or in the printing options that are shown when you click “Print”.
- That you have enough ink, as printing a high quality card is likely to be a fairly ink-intensive process.
If you are not sure about the design, then make sure to do test runs on some normal paper so that you don’t unnecessarily waste the more expensive greetings card paper. If you would like to minimise your ink usage at this point then you can print in ‘fast draft’ mode.
Make sure to set the design on your page to the side so that you can fold the card in half once printed.
If you are happy, insert the thicker card paper into your printer and print one side of the card. Make sure you let this side dry completely before printing anything on the other side. It is especially important that you ensure that you are putting the paper in the right way round if your card is glossy on one side – many printers make this task easier by displaying different symbols to tell whether you need the paper face up or face down, so make sure to check your instruction manual to see what they are.