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Business Card Cutter / Cutting FAQ

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Business Card Cutters

We have compiled a list of the most common business card cutter questions from our customers and have put them in this useful business card cutter FAQ. If you are trying to learn more about creating business cards, or are in the initial stages of looking for a business card cutter, this FAQ is perfect for you. Feel free to read through this. Give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 for more information on business card cutters.

Why would I want to use a business card cutter?

Business card cutters make it possible for you to create your own business cards without having to pay money to have someone else do it. This not only saves you money, but also is very convenient. You can create business cards as they are needed, on the fly!

What is 10-up and 12-up?

Both 10-up and 12-up are template patterns for printing out business cards. Ten-up allows you to create 10 cards on an 8 ? x 11-inch sheet of paper and 12-up allows you to create 12 business cards on an 8 ? x 11-inch sheet of paper. Two other popular formats are 8-up gutter cut and 4-up. You will need to make sure you use a template that is compatible with your business card cutter. A 10-up business card cutter cannot use a 12-up template and vice versa. The 10-up template is more popular due to its compatibility with more printers. Many printers cannot print as close to the edge as the 12-up template requires.

Where do I get a template for 10-up or 12-up business cards?

You can easily create your own template using Microsoft Word. You can get the exact dimensions and specifications for your style of business cards here. We have a basic 10-up business card template here (MS Word Document). You may need to make minor adjustments depending on your printer.

Can I use any printer for my business cards?

Most printers, including Laser and Inkjet, can be used to create business cards.

Can I use glossy paper for my business cards?

Business card cutters use friction to pull the business card sheets through the machine. Some glossy paper is too slick and can cause issues. Some glossy paper works fine. Unfortunately there is no way to guarantee glossy paper will work. You can, however, mail samples into us to be tested prior to making a purchase.

Can I use card stock with my business card cutter?

You can, but you will want to check the specifications of the business card cutter to determine the maximum thickness the machine will allow. Using paper that is too thick can cause the cards to be cut crooked or not at all.

Are there any manually operated business card cutters?

We do sell a manually operated business card cutter called the CardMate. It has a hand crank that is used to pull through and cut the business cards. It is rather effective and easy to use.

What if I need to cut hundreds of cards in a day?

We do have some business card cutters, such as the Intimus GC208, that are designed for high volume business card cutting. Another option many of our customers have successfully tried is using a stack paper cutter, such as the Triumph 4205, to cut hundreds of sheets in seconds by adjusting the backstop per the business card dimensions.

Which is the best business card cutter?

There are so many different variables and factors that come into play that it is difficult to label any one make or model as the "best." Our customers have been very happy with the CardMate for low-volume cutting and the Intimus models for high-volume cutting.

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