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8 Tips for Printing Inkjet Greeting Cards

Tip 1

Create a Custom Paper Size in your Printer Properties

In order to use most pre-scored inkjet note cards, you'll need to define a custom paper size to your printer. Epson, Canon, and HP printers all have this feature. The trick is to always define paper sizes the same way. Set the width to the smaller dimension of your paper and the length or height will always be the longer dimension of your sheet. After that you only need to change the orientation button depending on how your greeting card is laid out.

 

Tip 2

Use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements for best results

We recommend Photoshop or Photoshop Elements as your best option for greeting card layout and printing. The programs offer the most flexbility in terms of layout size, photo and text placement, as well as color management. Although Photoshop is an expensive program, the Elements version is quite affordable and offers all of the options you need.

 

Tip 3

Print the inside of your card first.

If you want to print text or graphics on the inside of your card, print that information first. This means the photo side will only pass through the printer once, which limits the possibility of scratching.

 

Tip 4

Decide if you want to print photos on the outside AND inside of your card before you buy your paper.

Not all inkjet printable card stock is designed for photo printing on both sides. Decide ahead of time on your design then make your paper purchase. If you want photos on both sides of the paper look for product that is called double-sided or C2S.

 

Tip 5

Make sure your envelopes match the size of your card.

Greeting cards are usually sized to match standard envelope sizes.

Here is a chart to help you verify your envelope size is right:

Card Size Before Folding
Envelope Name
Envelope Dimensions
5.5" x 8.5 "
A-2
4.375" x 5.75"
9" x 6.25"
A-6
4.75" x 6.5"
7" x 10"
A-7
5.25" x 7.25"
8.5" x 11"
5.75" x 8.75"
5.75" x 8.75"
8" x 9"
#10
4.125" x 9.5"
5.25" x 10.5"
Baronial Square
5.5" x 5.5"
   

Tip 6

Feed only a few sheets at a time.

Most inkjet printers are not really designed to take large stacks of card stock and feed them consistently. Be gentle with your machine and only put 5-10 sheets in the paper tray at one time. With extra heavy papers, or fine art cotton media, you may have to feed them one at a time. Some trial and error may be necessary.

See a VIDEO on this process here

   

Tip 7

Clean your feed rollers!

It is critical to keep the feed mechanism of your printer clean and free of inkjet coating and paper debris, which are key factors in paper misfeed. Go to www.redriverpaper.com/feed for helpful DIY cleaning instructions.

See a VIDEO on this process here

   

Tip 8

When printing the outside of your card, make sure the photo side comes out first

Set your layout to that when you click print, the printer prints the photo side of the outside of your card first. This means the outside back of your card will come out of the printer last. This is helpful in preventing head strikes which can lead to black smudges on the edge of thick media.

See a VIDEO on this process here

Bonus Tip - Square cards require extra postage

The USPS adds a "nonmachinable surcharge" to square letters. At this time the charge is 22 cents on top of the first class rate.

Example - a 1oz. square card will cost $0.49 plus the $0.22 surcharge for a $0.71 total.

 

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