An inkjet printer seems to work best for business cards today because you can use two or more colors (including black). However, as with any do-it-yourself project, there are always some problems along the way. I have three recommendations to get your business cards looking crisp and clear the first time around without wasting card stock.
First, try to use an inkjet printer that feeds the paper straight through without bending it back up and out the way it came in. Epson printers seem to do a good job of taking paper and passing it straight through the printer. Be sure whatever printer you use is not set to envelopes. The card stock is not as thick as the envelope setting typically expects.
Second, be sure that your printer paper type is set to some type of Heavyweight or Thick Matte paper. The card stock is a lot like the Epson Presentation paper used for photography. Setting the paper type will help get the proper amount of ink on the paper to avoid bleeding the fine print. It will help get the crisp level of detail you want for a business card.
Third, be sure your printer setting for High Speed Printing is turned off. High speed conserves some ink, but the result isn’t near as crisp as slower speeds. More importantly, the cards are stiff and don’t bend well through the printer platten. As a result, high speed printing can sometimes cause banding or lines around the middle area of each card.
by David Knoble, CPA, PLLC
Serving Non-Profits, Businesses & Individuals
Rock Hill, SC