Laser Membership Card Basics

Laser Membership Card Printing Basics - at a Glance

Carrier Design

REALCARD® CarrierThe paper document that holds your Laser Membership Card, sometimes also called RealCards®, is called the carrier.  The carrier can be left completely blank or include any combination of generic and personalized  information. Typically, we print the static information and the color information for you, leaving you free to print personalized copy anywhere you leave room to do so. As an example, a carrier would include your logo and accent colors we print along with customer name or store locations and special offers that you print. The same approach works for VIP cards, fundraiser cards or more.

Here are some  important considerations for carrier design:

  1. What areas of the carrier will you print or personalize?
  2. What areas of the carrier will we print for you?
  3. How many colors will you need in your design?
  4. Where will you add variable text, if any?

Use laser membership cards for fundraiser gift card mailings, membership card notifications, VIP card announcements, and so much more.

Carrier Size

The carrier is 8 1/2” x 11”. Keep in mind that how much room you have for printing will depend on how many cards you have on the carrier.

Carrier Material

Inkjet Compatible REALCARDS
Laser Membership Cards come in materials for INKJET or LASER Printers
Laserjet Compatible REALCARDS

Inkjet or Laser?

Laser Compatible Cards have undergone rigorous testing for compatibility with inkjet and laser printers. As a result of our testing we offer Real cards with plastic cards on 32# Laser-Safe Ledger and  32# Inkjet-Ready Ledger. Both options feature a strong, highly sized ledger paper typically used for durable paper documents. We urge you to test a sample of our REALCARD® material on your paper.

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CARD Design

The real magic of our laser membership cards is the pre-attached plastic cards. While thinner than traditional credit cards, REALCARD® is very flexible and very durable. Best of all, their special weight and affixing method make it possible for you to print them using your desktop or inkjet printer. This makes an economical solution for your membership card or other plastic card program. See for yourself.

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 Here are some design options to consider:

    • Add a panel for signatures.
    • Personalize each card in multiple locations for name, date, store#, etc.
    • Print two different cards on the same carrier for same address recipients.
    • Have from 1 to 8 cards per carrier.


If you want a letter to go long with your laser membership cards, you can print anything you can imagine with 1 or 2 cards at the bottom of the sheet. Just want to print the cards? No problem! They are available with1, 2, 3 or 8 cards per carrier. We can also provide custom layouts.

Card Size

Laser Cards are 3.375” x 2.125”. This is the same size as traditional loyalty cards, gift cards, membership cards and other plastic cards. They are thinner than traditional gift or credit  cards. The area is also much more flexible than traditional plastic cards and can printed on many inkjet and desktop laser printers.



Will Laser Membership Cards Work With My Printer?

The best way to determine if your printer is compatible  is to try some samples out.  We do have experience with many different inkjet and laser printers, so the best idea is to contact our  professionals and ask them to send you samples.

Card Position

Laser Cards can be ordered in standard positions or they can be ordered in custom positions. Our most popular standard card position is shown in the layout  below. The measurements of the card and the position on the card from the 4 edges is as shown.

REALCARD PositionWhat About Other Layouts?
Standard layouts are 1, 2, 3 and 8 cards per carrier.


Custom Layouts?
Sure. Cards can be positioned in non-standard locations for a custom application. Please keep in mind that some positioning requirements will apply. These typically include distance from the edges of the carrier.