• Each of our art cards is designed with the individual artist in mind. The reverse side of your card is personalized with your text, contact info and an image or logo to match your unique vision. Need a logo? We can make one for you!
• Cards come cut, scored, and ready for folding. Don’t forget your matching envelopes and clear poly bags.
• Standard sizes are 5″x7″, 6×9 (5.75″x8.75″), 4×6 (4.5″x6″), 4″x9″, 5×5 (5.25″x5.25″), and an invitation size 3.5″x5″.
5″x7″ cards are the industry standard and will fit in most pre-made card racks. Custom sizes are always available.
• Kalima 14pt – Our most popular paper! Kalima is smooth, bright white and coated (slightly glossy). It’s perfect for reproducing rich, vibrant colours. It’s very popular for prints from photography, acrylic, oils, and digital art. The sheets are stiff and substantial, making for high quality professional-looking art cards and prints. Acid Free. Environmentally Certified and made in Canada.
• Finch Fine ID 14pt – This is our most popular uncoated (matte) stock sheet. Finch is a substantial weight for cards and prints. Great for reproductions of pencil and watercolor art or whenever a matte surface is desired. Bright white and smooth. Made in the USA. Environmentally Certified.
• Minimum print runs are between 50 and 100 (depending on size) per art card design. Substantial price breaks for volume.
• The inside of your art cards can be blank or printed with your choice of black and white or full colour text and images. Most artists print blank cards, so buyers can use them for any occasion.
Scanning/Capture of Images
A. Scanning: Watercolours and matte art works are best scanned for exceptional detail and colour precision.
Glossy and varnished paintings are best shot with a digital camera as the lighting can be polarized to reduce reflection.
C. Provided digital file: You can provide your own digital files. Images should be provided at 100% at 300-400 dpi in RGB (tiff is best). Best to include a colour/greyscale reference in your image to adjust for colour cast and reduce calibration time.
Design & Layout
We design each new card series to reflect your style of art and personal taste. Gallery style card designs include images, bio, copyright, website, and contact information. We also offer low cost template card designs with just the basic info. Once the new cards are designed we send out PDF proofs for you to make any changes/corrections. This is also the time to select your paper preference. See our design page
for samples of our design work.
Once the designs and text copy are proofed, we calibrate your card images to your original art or to your eye. Full size colour proofs are generated for you to approve (by mail or in person). These proofs are filed along with your archived digital files to make sure that all repeat orders are the same colours (our specialty).
Each card art card is printed on our standardized press sheet (19″ x 13″), and, depending on the size of the cards, the images are repeated (i.e., 2up, 3up, etc.) to maximize the use of the paper.
Cards are processed and ripped through our state of the art EFI Splash colour server for excellent critical colour reproduction and repeatability on our digital press. We pay close attention to image quality and colour consistency for every order. Not only can we get the colour right, we can reproduce it time and time again.
Cutting, Scoring & Bundling
We cut your cards to size on our precision hydraulic cutter.
Each card has its centre fold scored in a professional scoring machine (prepared for folding), and cards are bundled in packs of 50, 75, or 100.
Need matching envelopes and bags?
We stock standard size envelopes for all art card sizes.
Poly art bags:
Resealable clear art bags keep your cards and envelopes clean and provide professional presentation. We offer art card boxes, for sets of cards and envelopes too!
Art Card Pricing (based on quantity ordered per image)
We carry a large selection of envelopes and clearbags for you to package your cards and art prints; fill out our online order form above, for more pricing!
If you are a photographer and you would like to get greeting cards or small digital press prints of your photographs be aware that there are some differences in the way your images will print on photo paper versus card stock. Photo paper (either printed with an inkjet or with a photo lab process) allows for finer detail and more accurate tonal gradation vs the digital press. When printing on card stock there are some technical limitations – large areas with mid-tone colours (like blue sky) can create visual “noise” or banding in the final image.
Depending on your images, you may not have any problems at all, but we are fussy about getting our clients a good result so we will always personally examine your images before printing and advise you of any issues. If we don’t see any problems in the digital files, we’ll go to the next step of creating a hard copy proof for your approval before we go ahead with the print run. If you’re in doubt about how your photographs would look as art cards, contact us and we’ll let you know what we see.