Punch cards are a great way to promote your business or get your kids to do their chores. When cardholders present these cards, they get a punch. You offer an incentive (i.e., free item, percent-off discount or tickets to the next boy-band concert) for a certain number of punches, creating a win-win for you and your customers.Since you want your cardholder to be able to carry the punch card wherever they go, consider making them wallet-sized. There are plenty of speciality papers you can use with free online templates to create and print quality punch cards.
Using Microsoft Products
1. Open Microsoft Word and search “punch card” on the start screen. Select the available 10-per-sheet template. Note the Avery specialty papers that work with the template.
2. Click [Company Name] to edit it and type your company name or a name for your promotional program. Do the same for the [Company tagline] and the Offer fields. This will update the field on every card.
3. Click each field again and reformat the text, as desired. You can change the font size and color or apply styles.
4. Click the table icon in the upper-left corner of the first punch card to select the table. On the Design tab, select one of the grid Table Styles so that you can see the edges of the card. You can remove or restyle them again later.
5. Click graphic elements to select and delete them. To delete all graphics, click the white background to select everything. Insert new graphics, as desired, from the Insert tab.
6. Click inside the first table cell and place the cursor below the text. From the Insert tab, you can optionally insert a table that is five columns wide and two rows to create 10 punch spaces. Select the table and set the row height to half the dimension of the column width (0.34 inches). Restyle the table border, as desired. You can also remove the borders and place shapes or other images inside the table cells.
7. Place the mouse on the left side of the punch card cell (not the punch spaces we just created) until the cursor turns into a black arrow. Click the mouse to select the cell, and then copy it. Press the Tab key and paste the cell contents. Repeat for all remaining punch card cells.
8. Insert the associated Avery paper product for this template into your printer. In Word, choose Print from the File menu. Select your printer and print your punch cards.
Using Avery Online Software
1. Access the Avery Print & Design online tool . You may sign in or create an account so that you can save your projects, however, you can also save your projects to your computer without creating an Avery account.
2. Click Design & Print Online from the Templates tab. Select the Business Cards category and choose the appropriate template for the Avery paper product you plan to use for your punch cards. Double-click the template to select it.
3. Select a design from the available categories. Designs have preset graphics and text to get you started. You can, however, change any of those elements when you edit your card. Double-click the blank or designed card to select it.
4. Click text boxes and graphics to edit them. Click Add Text Box to add new text boxes or one of the From buttons on the Images pane to add graphics.
5. Add punch spaces using Shapes from that pane or by uploading clipart images. Align your punch graphics using the options on the Arrange, Rotate and Align pane.
6. Click Preview & Print in the upper-right corner of the screen to review your card. If everything is as you want it, click Print .
You can use Avery templates with Microsoft Word, as well. If you’re more comfortable working in Word, just download the template and edit as desired.
It is not necessary to use Avery paper products to print your punch cards. You can use other brands of speciality papers or plain cardstock (at least 60 lbs. for stability) with a paper cutter to cut out your printed cards.
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