How to Print a Printable Card

It’s easy!

What you’ll need:

  • A colour printer
  • White cardstock
  • Adobe Reader
  • Scissors or a craft knife
  • Cutting mat (optional)


How to print a printable file

A printable is usually a PDF file. Open the file with Adobe Reader. You might already have it installed on your computer. If you don’t you can download Adobe Reader for free at Adobe.com.

adobe reader icon

In this tutorial I’m going to use one of my printable birthday cards an an example (it’s available in my shop). It prints out on one page.

Printable birthday card opened in Adobe Reader

To print, go to File > Print.

The Print window will open. Choose your printer from the drop-down menu (marked 1). Next, under Page Scaling (marked 2), choose “Fit to Printable Area” or “None”, which ever looks best. Don’t choose “Shrink to Fit” because it will shrink the image and make it loose its quality.

print window

Make sure your printer is attached to your computer and that you have paper in the paper tray. If you wish, you can test it out on everyday office paper first, and then use a thicker paper.

And now click OK to print! The card should come out looking great.

Birthday card printed out

How to cut the printed card

As you can see, the card has dotted lines that show you where to cut it out. The artwork extends beyond it just so that your finished card doesn’t have any white edges + so that it will look professional.

Close-up of printed birthday card

Cut on the inside of the dotted lines with scissors or a craft knife. If you use a craft knife, it might be a good idea to use a cutting mat! You don’t want to mark your precious table.

And here is the finished card, looking oh so pretty:

Folded and printed out birthday card

Now wasn’t that easy? Print out as many as you like. And if you think all of your friends have received this card, get a new one and repeat!

There are many other printables available including wall art, thank you-, Valentine’s-, and Mother’s Day cards, bookmarks and gift tags.

Do you have any questions? I’d be happy to help!

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