Good Greeting Card software options? Paper options?

Discussion in 'Printer Paper / Media' started by markm75, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. markm75

    markm75 Guest

    I'm seeking a good greeting card maker tool.. something that would
    allow for quarter fold or half fold.. also photo type half folds
    (front = photo, inside = mostly text or banners etc)...

    Currently i have Print Shop21.. and MS publisher 2007.. PS21 works out
    ok, but the graphics are kinda cheesy and cartoonish.. MS Publisher
    gets a little better..

    Any other good options out there?

    Then there is the cost per page, not counting ink..

    I believe for a semi-glossy/glossy type print for photo half cards..
    the cheapest option is:

    Avery 3269 Glossy, 15 cards with envelopes:

    This amounts to about 0.88 cents per card.

    I like having the semi-gloss or glossy look to photo style cards (i'm
    not sure if satin may be cheaper, or have the same look, i cant recall
    what satin feels like, sounds silly but true)...

    Has anyone found a cheaper per card cost material for semi-gloss or
    glossy style photo half fold style cards?

    Any thoughts on the good program to do it all?

    (I also use EzCalendar maker for calendars, but there are some
    features lacking here as well).

    Thanks for any thoughts
    markm75, Dec 18, 2007
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  3. markm75

    Taliesyn Guest

    This year I used glossy dollar store paper (8.5" x 11"). I get 10 sheets
    for $1.00 + tax = 14 cents a sheet (card). Card size when printed,
    folded and trimmed was about 5.5" x 5.5", for which I made my own
    custom envelopes. I also refill my own cartridges for about a dollar a
    cartridge. So a wild guess as to my cost per card was about 20 cents
    (including the ink). Postage not included! :)

    The paper I normally used for cards was Epson Glossy Photo. It's
    primarily designed for photos. But I find photos don't look like
    traditional photos with this paper so instead I use it for booklet
    covers, greeting cards and CD/DVD liners. Absolutely perfect for this
    kind of use.
    I have used Serif PagePlus exclusively for the last 15 years. PagePlus
    is on a par with any top-of-the-line desktop publishing software.
    There's nothing it can't do. But it all comes down to how talented you
    are and your knowledge of what the software can do. I have never used
    their greeting card, CD/DVD printing templates templates, preferring
    instead to design all my own templates.

    Taliesyn, Dec 18, 2007
  4. markm75

    Burt Guest

    Photoshop Elements and Staples photo supreme double side matte paper.
    Coated especially for inkjet printing, a good weight and feel, and prints
    decent photo images. It is frequently on sale as a two for one purchase.
    In addition, it sometimes goes on sale for $2 US per package. That is when
    I stock up.

    If you want glossy or semigloss papers the only one I've used that can be
    printed on both sides is the paper that Taliesyn mentioned - Epson glossy
    photo paper. The back side is not glossy but it accepts inkjet ink
    printing. The back does have a faint repeating Epson logo, but it is hardly
    noticeable. Other glossy papers I have used have a coated back that doen't
    accept inkjet printing.
    Burt, Dec 19, 2007
  5. markm75

    markm75 Guest

    Has anyone used Hallmark 2008 Studio.. i was considering something
    like this.. at least so the wife can more easily do this instead of
    putting me to work :)

    I had a new issue with my printer last night (Canon MP380).. it seems
    to be "smudging" on photo prints..actually, when printing postage and
    envelopes.. it leaves a black streak of a mess at the start of the

    I'm guessing i have dirty roller or something similar?
    markm75, Dec 19, 2007
  6. markm75

    Taliesyn Guest

    Except that I never print on the back of the Epson Glossy Paper. I
    prefer to print a "lovely" :) insert sheet that I staple through the
    folded spine with the Epson Paper.

    Taliesyn, Dec 19, 2007
  7. markm75

    Burt Guest

    Taliesyn - Prior to going to my computer today I happened to look at some
    cards I had made for my wife for her past birthdays. Although I now use the
    double sided matte paper I mentioned above, I did have one that I did on the
    Epson glossy paper with printing inside the card on the back side of the
    glossy paper. The logos are very faint and hardly noticeable when you have
    photos, graphic images, and/or text printed over them. I remember that you
    and I had this discussion about three years ago!
    Burt, Dec 19, 2007
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    Frank Guest

    Pay no attention to him. He is short of brains.
    Frank, Dec 20, 2007
  9. markm75

    Taliesyn Guest

    Yes, I remember, Burt. But since I've always inserted a page inside
    my cards, my cards would suddenly look "empty". With this extra page
    stapled at the spine my recipients think they're getting a more
    "expensive" card. Try it once and see what you think. Yes, it's a little
    more work, but I find it makes the card more complete. And since our
    ink costs nothing, it's just a time concern.

    Taliesyn, Dec 20, 2007
  10. markm75


    Jan 28, 2014
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    I loved printing out cards when I was a kid on Windows 98 using Hallmark Studios and American Greetings software because you SPECIFICALLY DIDN'T HAVE TO TALENT, lol. You could rewrite, resize the greetings or the images and then you could just print them out. It would only let you chose from a selection of standard card shapes and sizes, so they wouldn't ever really come out too bad. I would love simple software like that that I could use on Windows 10 today because I'm mostly interested in printing out simple things and then going to town with glitter or other kinds of 3D embellishments. I'm a crafter on a budget, so I can't afford a $300 Cricket card cutting machine and I don't care for rubber stamps.

    Is there any SIMPLE card program out there for Windows 10? Is Hallmark 2008 compatible and still for sale anywhere?

    Wow, I'm impressed by all of you. So I can get an idea, what kind of refill ink (what's your source) and what type of printer are you using for these creative projects? I need to learn how to get started refilling my own HP Officejet 6830 Pro (HP 935 Cartridges) ASAP just to print out documents, but I'd love to be able to make cards, print out adult coloring book pages & parts of my art journaling too if I could find ink that didn't run like the junkie pre-refilled ink cartridges on Ebay!
    Truthis1, Jan 9, 2018
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