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Greeting Card Printing Help by Red River Paper

From the finest inkjet greeting cards and accessories to expert printing help, Red River Paper is here for you and we're ready to help!

Welcome to the Greeting Card Help & FAQ. You'll find an answer to the most common questions and in-depth support from design to print and display. If we missed something, don't hesitate to contact us and ask. 


Card Setup &  Printing Tutorials

Learn how to setup and print cards using Photoshop, Lightroom, and more.

Troubleshooting Videos

Quick answers to the top greeting card printing questions.


Greeting Card FAQs

Scoring is an indention on the paper that helps it fold easily. Red River Paper mechanically scores each sheet so it will fold cleanly with no cracking.

How it works...

Of course, our Inkjet Greeting Card Sample Kit is one of our most popular sample kits.

Card SizeUnfoldedPrintable Area
5" x 7"
Typical store bought card size
7" x 10"4.75" x 6.75"
4.5" x 6.25"6.25" x 9"4.25" x 6"
5.5" x 4.25"
"Thank You" card size
5.5 x 8.5"5.25" x 4"
5.25" x 5.25"
Square card
5.5" x 10.5"5" x 5"
5.5" x 8.5"
Big card, sometimes used for invitations
8.5" x 11"8.25" x 5.25"
4" x 9"
Pano Card. Perfect for landscapes and panoramas
8" x 9"3.75" x 8.75"

It's pretty simple to set up and print a custom card using Red River Paper cards. An important part of the process is your software. We recommend Photoshop or Photo Elements as they offer the most creative and layout capability. Written and video help for Photoshop, Photo Elements, and other software is available.

Our 8 Tips for Printing Inkjet Greeting Cards is also a good start to successful greeting card printing

The number one source of printing problems is an incorrect custom paper size. Review our card setup and printing tutorials carefully and spend time to make certain you set up the custom paper size according to the instructions. Getting that part wrong will ensure your card will not print correctly.

Other troubleshooting resources:

All Canon and Epson printers will be able to use our special pre-scored sizes. Some HP printers do not have the ability to set up a custom paper size, which is necessary. Check your manual for more info on custom size setup.

Also, check out this article on Recommended Inkjet Greeting Cards for Front Feed Inkjet Printers.

Finally,some inkjet printers only feed paper from a front cassette. This includes all HP printers and some Epson and Canon models. If this describes your printer, find recommended greeting cards for front feed only inkjet printer models.

Red River Paper carries a complete selection of matching envelopes for your cards. Several styles, colors and sizes are available. Please note that envelopes do not come pre-packaged with your cards. You will also see links to order the envelopes of your choosing throughout our site.

We have a great article on choosing the best printers for greeting card printing in our Information Center.

We’re glad you asked because the answer will surprise and delight. Including paper, ink, and envelope, most cards cost you less than $1.00 each! That is an amazing value considering your cards will be custom, professional quality, and made exactly when you need them. Compared to mass produced greetings cards at $4.00 each, you cannot go wrong printing your own cards today.

We've got a complete list of cost estimates for printing our cards on YOUR printer.

Indented or Valley Side - Outside of Card

Indented - Outside of Card

The Raised or Mountain Side - Inside of Card

The Raised Side - Inside of Card

Red River Paper's pre-scored note card stock is packed print side up in the box.

How-to fold greeting cards video available here.

  • For Single-sided Cards - packed print side up in the box.
  • For Double-sided Cards - packed with the outside of the card facing up in the box

You'll notice that the score line has two distinct sides - an indented side and a raised side. Fold away from the indented side of any scored card.

You should print AND THEN fold. We also recommend that you allow sufficient time for the ink to dry before folding. Wearing white cotten or similar gloves is also recommend to avoid leaving finger prints and smudges.


Single-sided = Paper coated on ONE SIDE for photo or art quality printing.
Double-sided = Paper coated on BOTH SIDES for photo or art quality printing.

Why buy one vs. the other?

Purchase single-sided cards when you intend to print photos or artwork on the outside of your card. Also, if you intend to write with pen or ink on the inside of your card, a single-sided paper will perform best. You can write on the coated side of paper, but you will often experience pens being clogged by inkjet coating.

Purchase double-sided cards when you intend to print photo or art quality on the inside AND outside of your greeting card.

The square note card size offers a unique way to share and display your photos and artwork. Find out more Square Inkjet Printable Greeting & Note Cards.

In order to be a viable inkjet greeting card, the back of the paper must be plain paper or coated for printing. All satin and luster papers at this point at "resin coated", which means they have a plastic backing. The paper is hard to score and fold. You cannot print on the back and writing is difficult. Red River Paper continues to search for a paper that meets these criteria.

Yes. All of our greeting card papers are compatible with pigment as well as dye inkjet ink.

For most, the short answer is no. Borderless sizes are preset by the printer manufacturer. They include "standard" photo sizes like 4x6 and 8x10. Red River Paper's cards, though industry standard sizes, are not acknowledged by Epson, Canon, or HP. As a result, your cards will have a minimum 1/8" border on all sides.

The Canon TS9521C is the first inkjet printer that can print borderless using our 7x10 (folds to 5x7) card size! Check it out here

For select 13" wide inkjet printer, you can use this workaround

Unless you have an Epson 3800/3880 then unfortunately for the most part no. The smallest sheet sizes accepted by wide format printers is usually no smaller than 8" x 10". You can use our 8.5" x 11" scored sheets.

Pano Card FAQs

You might be surprised, but many photos you take hold interesting landscape or vertical crops if you experiment a bit.

Yes. Pano cards work exceptionally well in Epson and Canon inkjet printers.

Landscape orientation - 8.75" wide and 3.75" tall

Portrait orientation - 3.75 " wide and 8.75" tall

Depending on your printer and operating system, this size may be smaller. Borderless printing is not available on custom paper sizes.

As with any size, you should feed the shorter side in first. With the Pano Card, the score line will run vertically, or along the paper feed path.

The Pano Cards use a standard #10 business envelope. You can order them here. Red River envelopes are made from high quality 28lb. paper as opposed to standard 20lb. paper used in most envelopes.

In Photoshop, access the crop tool by pressing C on your keyboard. The function menu (seen below) will appear along the top of your workspace:

Set the size of your crop in the Width and Height boxes. In the resolution box, leaving this space blank means your image will be resized but not resampled. In short, this means the resolution (ppi) of your photo will change. To keep it fixed, set the resolution to 300, which is suitable for print quality.

Some Examples.

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and make this:
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Last updated: April 05, 2024

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