Tips for Printing Custom Memorial Cards

Memorial cards

Memorial cards are often used as a meaningful keepsake distributed at funeral or memorial services. Printing custom memorial cards can be a meaningful way to honor and remember a loved one who has passed away. They often include basic information about the person who has died and can easily be kept in a wallet or book as they are small in size. Here is a general guide on tips for printing custom memorial cards for your funeral or memorial services.

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Design the card

First things first, you will want to create a design for the memorial card. If you feel comfortable, you can use design software such as Adobe Photoshop or InDesign to mock up your content. If you are not an experienced designer but still want to tackle this step yourself, consider checking out a platform such as Canva that has templates you can base your design off of. Or, if you prefer, you could hire a graphic designer to create a design for you.

Things you can consider including in your design are a photo of the deceased, their name, date of birth and passing, a meaningful quote or poem and any other elements that represent them and their personality or interests.

Choose the size and format

An important factor that may also impact your final design is the size and format of your memorial card. Common sizes for memorial cards are 4×6 inches or 5×7 inches, however you can choose any size that fits your preferences. They could be smaller and closer to business card size, or even larger if you prefer. You can get creative and go with more of a bookmark shape. It is entirely up to you! On top of that, you can choose a single-sided or double-sided design, depending on how much information you are including.

stack of memorial cards with flowers and a cross on them

Establish your printing method

There are various printing methods available when it comes to printing customer memorial cards depending on your budget and desired quality. You could opt to print them yourself at home, head to a local print shop such as the UPS store or Staples, or turn to a professional online printing service. There are pros and cons to every option, but ultimately you will want to choose what fits your budget and desires.

Printing at home: If you have a high-quality printer at home, you can opt to print the cards yourself. Make sure to use good quality cardstock or photo paper for the best results. 

Local print shop: If you opt for a local print shop or office supply store, all you need to do is bring your finalized design and they will assist you with their professional equipment.

Online printing services: A majority of online printing companies offer custom card printing services with a variety of options from sizes and cardstock to finishing options and quantity. All you need to do is submit your design in its final format and they will print your project and ship it directly to you. Printivity offers a variety of printing options to fit your needs, including postcards and business cards with customization options. We allow you to make your print project entirely your own by giving you the freedom to choose almost any size you want, the quantity you need with the quality materials to make the most memorable memorial cards. Whether you are looking to print 100 classic style business cards or 4.25” x 5.2” postcards in premium linen cardstock, Printivity is here to help you bring your project to life.

Select your cardstock

Choosing the type of paper you want to use can make or break your memorial cards. Typical options may include glossy or matte cardstock, texture paper, or specialty paper. When it comes to printing custom memorial cards, consider going above and beyond with a special paper type that will stand the test of time. Consider the overall look and feel you want to achieve when making your paper selection. People often keep these long after the services are over, so you want to make sure they last. 

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If you have an idea of how many people will be attending the services, this will help you determine how many cards you should order. It is a good rule of thumb to order extras to accommodate any unexpected needs or to share with additional family and friends. If you are able to gather any RSVPs, that will help give you a ballpark, however the funeral home you are having your services at may also be able to give you an idea of how many people to expect. Sometimes people have private services, in which case you likely won’t need as many cards. Others post the details in the local newspaper, opening it up to anyone that wants to show up, which could result in a larger crowd.

Proofread your design

Before you finalize your design and send it off to the printer, it is a good idea to proofread all of the text and double-check the accuracy of the information. Verify spelling, dates, and other details to make sure you have no errors in your final printed memorial cards.

Printing your custom memorial cards with Printivity

Once you have finalized the design and chosen a printing method, you can get to printing your project! Make sure you finalize your design and save it in PDF format for a smooth transition to your professional printer, if you opt for that route. 

Printivity is here to help take the burden off of printing these materials, while you focus on the other aspects of planning a funeral or memorial service. There are a lot of things to keep track of, so let Printivity take the burden off of printing your memorial cards. If you have any questions or if you are ready to get started, contact an expert at Printivity at 1-877-649-5463.


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