What Is a Card?
A card is a rectangular piece of thick paper where you can write or print some information on. There are various types of cards for various purposes. For business, you can make use of business cards to make a favorable first impression on your prospect client. On the other hand, if you want to greet someone on their special day, a greeting card would be appropriate. Other types of cards include postcards, invitation cards, and tent cards.
How to Make a Creative Card
Cards may have different purposes but they exhibit one thing in common – an aesthetically pleasing design. These designs could be minimalist, colorful, modern, or geometric. Whatever your preference may be, keep in mind to never let your creativity defeat the purpose of the card. Don’t know how to start? We have provided five simple ways to create a card.
1. Identify the Purpose of Your Card
Before you turn on your computer and get things started, you first need to know the purpose of your card. Is it for your business’ promotion? Is it a thank you card? Is it to greet someone special? Is it to confirm your identity? Specifying the purpose of your card will let you have a clearer picture of how it would like. Thus, you will have an idea of how to create it.
2. Choose a Size
After opening your chosen program for editing, choose the size of your canvas first. The dimensions of a card vary, depending on its type. The standard size for business cards in inches is 3.5 x 2, while for postcards is 5.8 x 4.1 inches. For greeting cards and invitation cards however, you can use whatever size you prefer as long as it is printable in available paper sizes.
3. Select a Color Scheme
Colors are more than just for visuals, they represent something and convey emotions. Pick a color scheme that would best suit your cards’ theme. For business purposes though, restrict yourself to three colors – one dominant, one secondary, and one accent. Statistics show that 72% of people will judge your company by the appearance of your business card and 39% won’t do business with you if your business card looks “cheap” to them. So choose the colors wisely! On the other hand, for birthday cards, Christmas cards, and wedding invitation cards, you can opt for a more colorful design.
4. Fill in with Necessary Details
In filling your card with the essential details and information, bear in mind the purpose of your card and take reference from business card rules. Also, when you layout, think of where you should place the images. Make sure your card wouldn’t look overloaded with information and photographs.
5. Save and Print
Now that everything is done, review the text you input in your card design and save it. In printing, you should use cardstock with the best quality since it affects print quality. For better results, go to a good printshop and let the professionals do the job.