PRINTING CARDS? Find Kelly or Xpedx Paper - Posted by raelynn mitchell
Posted by raelynn mitchell on February 23, 1999 at 23:51:43:
I’ve been printing my own cards for a couple of years now. What I’ve been using is Print Artist (now called Print Artist Publisher). It costs from $49 to $69, depending on where you find it. It has lots of nice templates, tons of graphics–including photo graphics if you like–and plenty of examples that you could just change the names of and phone numbers to personalize it and print.
Most print shops use 600 dpi or higher graphics, so if you have a laser printer that prints 600dpi or higher you could do your own and print them straight out of your machine.
I worked for a short time at a sales office of a paper manufacturer, so I learned quite a bit about the different types of papers out there. What I now do is, I go to either Kelly Paper or Kirk (now called Xpedx) Paper, and I obtain paper samples; they’re free. I test a few sheets through my laser printer to see if I’ll like the finished product, then when I’ve settled on one I go buy an entire ream of cardstock paper. Cardstock is exactly the paper your neighborhood printer buys, and more often than not he’s buying it from Xpedx or Kelly Paper. It’s not perforated (which CAN be a GOOD thing!), and I print 12 cards per sheet from Print Artist. Then I take the printed sheets to Kinko’s and ask them to cut them for me. Oddly enough, they charge 75 cents per cut, and can cut anywhere from 20-200 sheets for the same price. They count by how many times they push the cutter arm down, not how many sheets are cut. So for 12 cards per page, that comes to about 6-8 cuts (I forget–it’s been awhile) which is less than $10. The paper costs about $10-$20, so for about $30 or so I can have up to 3,000 business cards; there are 250 sheets in a ream of card stock, times 12 cards per page. And if you’re only interested in doing 2 or 3 sheets or so, you can cut them manually one at a time at Kinko’s yourself in the self-serve area for free; they don’t charge to use their rotary (slide) cutter.
I have 3 caveats:
Your printer needs a straight-through paper path in order to handle the card stock without jamming unless you use a thinner card stock. Normal business card stock is rated at 90# to 110#, although there are some 80# stocks that work. (The paper shop will know what this means.)
If you have a Kelly or Xpedx near you and decide to try this, tell the salesperson what you plan to do, which is run it through a laser printer. Some papers are better suited for this than others, and many are rated both in thickness and in the fact that they WILL work in laser printers.
If you decide to do color printers with an inkjet, you may want to use the photo papers and photo inks instead. They don’t smudge.
Call me crazy, but I tried the fold-out cards and got frustrated when the perforated edges were visible on the cards I handed out to everyone.
Hope this works for you.