Printable Cards: Creating and Printing Folded Greeting Cards

This article was originally shared in our daily newsletter on February 7, 2012.

Tutorial created using Photoshop CS4 with Windows XP

Using your digital scrapbooking supplies to create printable greeting cards is a smart way to utilize your digital stash. You can create greeting cards with just the right message inside, and even after you factor in the price of paper and ink, you can save money! While I often print the outside of a card and leave the inside blank to write my own message, I really like the polished look of a card that is printed on the inside, too.

But getting the inside printed correctly can be a bit tricky. Today, I will show you a few tips that make printing folded greeting cards easier. This tutorial shows a top-fold, landscape-oriented card printed using matte, double-sided photo paper.

When you create your card, make your canvas twice the size of the card front. The example shows a 4.25×5.5-inch card. The canvas size is 8.5 inches tall and 5.5 inches wide. Before you create your card, place a guide on the fold line so you can visualize the top edge of your card. In this example, it is placed at 4.25 inches.

After you have created the outside of your card, you will need a second page for the inside of the card. It needs to be the same size and orientation as the outside of your card with a guide on the fold line. Place your greeting on the lower half of the card.

Before printing, the inside of the card will need to be rotated 180 degrees (Image> Image Rotation> 180 degrees). Now the greeting will be in the correct place when it is printed. The screenshot below shows the front and back side by side before printing.

When I make mistakes printing folded cards, it’s because I lose track of which direction the paper feeds. A simple solution is to pencil a little X at the top of the paper on the side that is facing you before it feeds into the printer; all you need to do when you print the other side is make sure the X is at the top of the page facing away from you. Be sure to choose “Center” for the print position so the front and back will line up perfectly. Trim and fold the card – and it will be ready for your special occasion.

Printable Card by April Martell

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Tutorial written by April Martell


  1. Adorable card, April, and great tutorial! Thank you!

  2. This is such a great tutorial for creating and printing a card at HOME!!!

  3. Great card and instructions, April. Thanks

  4. Great instructions April! Adorable card!

  5. What a cute card! I bet it took no time at all. Thanks for the step by step instructions April!

  6. Great tutorial – thanks April!

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