Post # 1
I am starting to make our DIY invitations. I have ordered all the paper and have designed the invitation and inserts on my computer. Now I am stuck as to cut the paper and then print (will my printer take such small pieces of paper?) or do I print on the 8.5×11 paper and then try to cut them correctly? I’m stumpped!
Also, side note – does anyone know the specifics that the paper has to be for an RSVP card to be sent as a postcard. (Thickness and size of the paper?) THANKS!
Post # 3
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
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
From USPS website:
• 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 # 7
Print first, and make sure that you leave double the margin in between two invites, if you are printg two (or more) together.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone. I did decided to print first – it wasn’t as bad as i thought it would be. We are on our way to completing them. I’ll be sure to put up pictures! 🙂