Cards are easy to design and are a versatile way of sending an invitation, holiday greeting, thank you, or announcement for any occasion! You can design your custom card from the ground up or use one of our pre-designed templates. We offer several forms of cards ranging from two sided flat Postcards, Classic Fold, Tri-Fold to Gatefold, Elegant Edge Cards, and Wood Cards for your unique application. Below you will find a preview of what to expect when customizing, considerations to keep in mind, and a peek into the production process of our cards.
What is the green dotted line on the card template?
The box created by the green dotted line indicates the safe zone. Press cards will always undergo trim in the final sizing process.
Images/ text which is inside the box created by the green dotted line is safe from trim. Images/ text which exceed beyond the green dotted line/ safe zone is subject to being trimmed in the final sizing process.
In this example I have inserted the Photoshop template into the web based customization tool so we can see the Bleed and Trim areas:
Provided below are two examples of a postcard project and the expected outcome after production is completed.
Good- no white lines will show after trim. The image occupies entire bleed/ trim zone beyond the green dotted line. Text is safe from trim:
*To avoid having any odd looking blank white lines in the final product we advise you have the image occupy the entire bleed/ trim area outside of the green dotted line. Please ensure text is completely within the safe zone.
Bad- may contain uneven white lines/ borders after the trim process. Text is at risk of being trimmed off.
We make every effort to catch and halt every instance of improper trim in a final product however, please note, due to volumes it is impossible to examine every card project which may experience undesirable trim. In cases where a cards' production is halted due to trim, customer service will contact you to determine how you would like to proceed- either produce as is or void the order for a reupload with adjustments. On our end, we are unable to adjust the layout of the card, images, or text as the design is flattened once the order has been submitted.
How much of the card gets trimmed off in the final sizing process?
A total of 0.25 inches from both the length and width gets trimmed off the card resulting in the final size desired (4x5.5" or 5x7"). As trim is performed with machinery we cannot precisely guarantee all trim will occur from one side. For example, with the Postcard, 0.25 inches may be trimmed from the top only OR 0.125 inches from the top and bottom. The same applies for the width of the card.
100# Linen - Light to the touch, horizontal and vertical texture on flat matte paper.
100# Felt - Matte finish and soft to the touch with a pebbled texture. Available only for postcards.
110# Pearl - This is a semi-gloss paper with an iridescent shimmer! This paper shines in direct light however, the shimmer does not flake off.
110# Semi-Gloss - The standard and most popular card paper type, this semi-gloss middle weight paper has just the right amount of shine and is suitable for all occasions!
130# Premium Matte - The Premium Matte paper is the thickest and heaviest paper we offer.
150# Bamboo - Matte finish with pattern-less texture provides exceptional texture when writing on this paper. Available only for postcards.
Foil Cards are printed on an extra thick matte paper designed to receive the foil stamping. The paper used in foil cards cannot be customized nor can it be used in another card product. Check out this page, our Foil Card FAQ!
All Postcards, Classic Fold Cards, Foil Cards, Card Ornaments, and Holiday Cards come with free white envelopes (which you may opt out of within the cart). Postcards have the option to upgrade to Kraft or Merlot envelopes for $4.95 per pack or Pearl Envelopes for $6.95 per pack. The Speckled Kraft with Muslin Bag is only available for the Wood Cards.
Folded Greeting Card and Accordion Fold Card design tip:
To ensure images do not wrap from front to rear on the outside of the card, we advise using either the pre-designed themes or the Photo Panel theme.
Q: Do you have Photoshop templates for Press Card Products?
A: Yes! Photoshop templates for Press Cards are located here.
Q: Do you offer design services for cards?
A: At this time we do not offer design services for cards however, if you would like a Customer Service Agent to evaluate your card before ordering we can help! Please fill out a contact form.
Q: Are Folded style cards pre-folded before shipment?
A: No- all folded style cards are shipped flat. There is a bead/ fold line to make the folding process extremely easy!
Q: Can I use multiple designs within a pack of 25 cards?
A: No- all cards within a pack can only be of the same design. Packs cannot be split.
Q: Do you offer smaller packs of cards?
A: No- Postcards, Classic Fold Cards, Foil Cards, Card Ornaments, Holiday Cards, Foil Cards and Accordion Fold Cards are only available in packs of 25. Wood Cards are only available in packs of 12. Business Cards are only available in packs of 100.
Q: Do you print on envelopes or offer return address labeling services?
A: Unfortunately we do not- envelopes cannot be customized in this manner before shipment.
Q: Is there an option for rounded corners?
A: Yes- Currently, Postcards and Foil Cards are the only card types that have the option for rounded corners. The rounded corner option is a flat rate of $2.50 per pack.
Q: I created my card already- Can I change the paper type?
A: Yes, but only within the shopping cart. If you have not added your project to the cart yet, please do so. Once in the cart, locate the Change Item button:
In the resulting pop out window, you can change the paper type. Please save the change. Once saved, the cart will update based on the newly chosen paper type.
Q: What is the difference between Photo Greeting Cards and Press Cards?
A: Photo Greeting Cards are single sided custom photo paper prints which are priced on a per item ordered basis- you can order any quantity desired. Photo Greeting Cards are printed on Kodak Endura Lustre or Metallic Photo paper and available in 4x8" and 5x7." Free white envelopes are supplied if selected. Press cards are printed on card stock and only available in packs.
If you have any further questions regarding Cards please contact Customer Service by filling out a contact form. If you prefer to speak with us via phone or live chat, our phone line (888-507-5755) is available Monday through Friday 9:00am-6:00pm EST and our live chat is available Monday through Friday 9:00am-12:00am EST.