Do you have an artistic soul? If so, you know that you are destined to share your art with the world, and nothing can stop you. Printing and distributing fine art note cards is one top way to put your art out there. Whether you’re printing your own art or someone else’s, this guide will give you the insider knowledge you need to print your very own custom art note cards.
Keep the following ideas in mind as you design your note cards.
Your first step is to create a PDF file of the art that you’d like to include on your art note cards. This might mean taking a picture of a painting, scanning a drawing, or saving an image made in Photoshop. Either way, your final product will be a PDF image, which is easy for your printing company to use. If you need to convert your digital file to a PDF, you can do so using an online file converter.
In order to make your PDF file the right size, consider your card’s borders. Do you want the art to continue all the way to the edge of the card? Or would you rather leave a white border around the edge?
If you’d like your art to continue to the edge of the card, be sure to include bleed, which occurs when you create a digital file that extends slightly beyond the edge of the paper. Then, the design will extend all the way to the edge of the paper when it is cut to size. Your printing company can answer any questions you have about bleed or and help you include it in your document.
If you’re creating art specifically for art note cards, keep your preferred card dimensions in mind as you create your art. That way, you will already know the width-to-height ratio of the finished card, so you can plan your composition accordingly. Doing this advanced planning might seem unimportant at first, but it will make your finished cards that much better.
Some of the most common art note card sizes include the following:
On the other hand, if you’re turning pre-existing art into note cards, don’t worry. Your cards will still look great, no matter the dimensions of the original work. If you have questions about card dimensions or how to adapt your art to fit a card size, feel free to ask your printing company for their expert advice.
Once you have a PDF file of your finished artwork, it’s time to order your cards. Here are the decisions you’ll need to make and some ideas to keep in mind as you’re completing the printing process.
First, you can choose whether you’d prefer flat or folded cards. Folded cards provide more space for writing notes, whereas flat cards are slimmer and sleeker. Many art note cards are printed on folded cards in order to be sent as greeting cards. However, they are also well-adapted for flat note cards which can be framed and put on the wall.
Next, decide whether you’d prefer to print on one or both sides of your card. One great option is printing in full color on one side and including a short message in black ink on the backside. Or, go all out and print in color on both sides, creating a beautiful, multifaceted work of art!
As you’re printing your fine art note cards, one of your biggest choices is the paper you’d like to use. You have many options, all of which contribute differently to the finished product. Some of ZoePrint’s top paper recommendations include:
If you have questions about paper or would like to use a different paper, your printer would be happy to accommodate your request.
Now that you’ve made all the necessary decisions, it’s time to order your fine art note cards! Depending on the printing company you’re working with, you might email your PDF, upload it to a portal, or bring it in person on a USB drive. At ZoePrint, we offer a convenient online portal that makes online ordering easy.
Once your art note cards have been printed, they’ll show up at your door. Voila!
Here at ZoePrint, we are experts at printing custom art note cards. With decades of experience working with artists in all media across the country, we know how to help you bring your art to the world. Let us know if you have any questions; we’re happy to help! Order your art note cards online or request a custom quote today.