Membership cards are an excellent way to make your small business, new book discussion group, third grade class,or peewee soccer team feel more unified and important. They are a snap to put together and with just a bit of time and a few little extras you are bound to create beautiful cards many recipients will treasure in their scrapbooks for years to come.
Turn on your computer and open a document in Microsoft Word. Format it to reflect two columns and then insert 2.5-by-4 inch text boxes. Within these boxes, you may create the kind of membership card that will be perfect for your club or organization. If you are unsure of your formatting skills, save yourself time by simply accessing one of the many templates available online. One page will yield 10 membership cards that fit in a wallet.
Save the file to your computer. If you foresee making these membership cards frequently, be sure to include a date code in your file name to avoid future confusion about which set of cards you last worked on.
Print the completed membership cards on a sheet of plain paper. Evaluate the layout, spelling and any formatting problems. Make sure no letters are cut off and that the layout on each membership card is identical in sizing and spacing.
Choose magnetic photo paper for your inkjet printer. Though it's not the cheapest paper, it is unique in that it offers the possibility of printing membership cards that will stick to the refrigerator, locker door, filing cabinet or anything else that is magnetic. The print quality is comparable to any other photo paper and therefore will make for a great membership card with that little extra twist.
Cut out the membership cards very carefully. If you opted to go without dotted lines in your membership card design, you should consider tracing the outlines of the individual cards with a ruler and pencil to provide a guide for your scissors. To make the cards look more whimsical, think about using scrapbook scissors when cutting them out.
If you want to laminate your cards, skip the magnetic paper and opt for white high-gloss business card sheets. They are perforated and separate easily prior to laminating.
- If you want to laminate your cards, skip the magnetic paper and opt for white high-gloss business card sheets. They are perforated and separate easily prior to laminating.
Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.