(Closed) Invitations: Cut first or print first?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Definitely print first, then cut. I also would suggest that you design the card with a bit of bleed area. For instance, if your printing a 5″ wide and 6″ high card, add an extra .25″ to your file for bleed (to make it 5.25″ x 6.25″, the extra .25″ divided evenly on both sides) and make sure your background goes out that far, but keep important text and images inside the “safe” area. Then, after you’ve printed them, use a ruler and an X-Acto knife to cut off the excess. That way you get a perfect edge!

I would check your country’s postal service website for information on the dimensions of postcards. In Canada they have to be a minimum of 5’5″ x 3.5″ and a maximum of 9.25″ x 4.7″.

Hope that helps!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Yep….print first and then cut. I think you can mail a 3×5 in the US but not sure. My RSVPs are larger because I am using A6 envelopes…most use A2s. I found envelopes at my locoal Michael’s to match my cardstock. i am using a metallic cardstock that was hard to match.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

From USPS website:

Postcard:
• Maximum size is 6” long X 4 1/4” high
• Minimum size is 5” long X 3 1/2” high

And it needs to be thicker than 0.007″.  80lb paper will be plenty thick enough.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

oops repeat post

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Print first, and make sure that you leave double the margin in between two invites, if you are printg two (or more) together.

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