As the lyrics will tell you, ‘It’s Christmas time’, ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, which means it’s that time when we all send cards to friends, family and colleagues. Traditionally, many people buy theirs. Some businesses design their own but get them printed professionally. The question is, can you print them at home?
Christmas shopping, planning and finishing at work are among the challenges we all face at this hectic time of year. When it comes to Christmas cards, we all need to think ahead if we’re to send before the postal deadline. Not surprisingly, one of the most common questions customers (both home and business) ask, is whether or not home-use printers have the facility to print Christmas cards.
As you’ve no doubt experienced in the past, buying a stack of cards can be expensive (albeit more acceptable when buying those which donate some of the proceeds to charity). The process becomes even more costly when getting your own designs printed by professional printers.
Whether you’re creating Christmas cards for business use or sending personalized family cards to your nearest and dearest, creating and printing your own can be a cheaper, a more unique way of communicating and ultimately, more fun. In making your own, you can also print and include colour photos, vouchers or other documents.
What to look out for when buying a printer for card
If you’re interested in printing your own cards the biggest consideration is finding a product with the capability to manage thicker paper/card. Printernet can help you do this quickly and easily. Although there is no specific paper search in our search tool, you can click on the specification tab underneath each specific printer and scroll down to the ‘paper handling’ section, which reveals (among other things) the maximum thickness of card it can use.
Paper or card thickness (or density) is measured in grams per square meter (gsm). Standard A4 paper is around 90gsm, which means the kind of thickness you need to print a more substantial card is thicker. However, not all printers facilitate card and those that do, vary.
Take the Brother MFCJ6530DW, for example. A compact and efficient colour inkjet printer, it can print A3 as well as A4, it can print both sides but it is limited to 220gsm. Others, such as the Canon PIXMA Pro 100S, an all-in-one colour inket, can print up to 300gsm. You may find that printers like this, which can print thicker card, might not be able to print as many pages per minute, so you simply need to prioritise what you really need your printer to do.
It’s also important to note that when using card, stick to the printer’s guidelines. Using a printer designed to facilitate 220sgm and using 300gsm card can lead to poor print quality and even damage the printer. Neither is cost efficient!
So, the good news is that you can create your own cards, if you select the right printer. The better news is that Printernet can help you find the right product to suit your needs.
And by using our help and expertise, we can help you create your own bespoke cards to save you money and time. More importantly, creating your own cards is more enjoyable. And that’s what Christmas is supposed to be all about, right?