Guide to ordering

It's simple to order your plastic cards with PMC, just follow the steps below:

1. Place your order

Let us know what type of plastic cards you'd like, how many you require, any extras such as magnetic stripe encoding or embossing and if you'd like to use our personalisation service. We'll then provide you with a quote. You can call us on 01793 848817, email or use our online form.

2. Design your card

If you'd like to take advantage of our design service for your plastic cards, simply provide us with the wording you'd like to include as well as any logos and a £20 deposit. We'll provide a proof for your approval. Or if you're supplying your own design, see our artwork specification below. As soon as we receive the balance for your order we'll start working on your cards. We accept payment by credit/debit card, cheque, BACS or online bank transfer.

3. Delivery

As soon as you approve the proof we'll put your order into production. We aim to dispatch the majority of orders within 10 days, unless the cards have to be ordered in. We'll give you a more precise timescale when you place your order.

Artwork specification for foil printed cards

If you're supplying your own design, please supply artwork in either Adobe Acrobat (prepress quality), CorelDraw (v11 and below) or eps file.

When creating artwork, please follow these guidelines:

  • Please ensure that all fonts are converted to curves in all file formats and are no smaller than 6pt
  • Borders or text should be at least 3mm away from the edge of the card
  • Fat or heavy fonts or reversed out areas can be difficult to print. Thinner images produce better results
  • All artwork should be black and white
  • If you're supplying film, any tints should be 65dpi tint range 10%-70%

Artwork specification for full colour digitally printed cards

If you’re supplying your own design, please supply artwork in one of the following Mac compatible formats: QuarkXPress 6.1, InDesign CS 2, Illustrator CS 2, Photoshop CS 2, Freehand MX, Generic EPS or Print Ready PDF.

When creating artwork, please follow these guidelines:

  • For best results, supply vector-based layered files. Artwork can also be supplied in flat file format (JPG, TIF, GIF, BMP) but the overall print quality will be affected.
  • CMYK not RGB colour model must be used. Artwork requiring spot colours uses Pantone references.
  • All fonts are outlined (converted to paths). QuarkXPress files should be supplied with Mac compatible fonts.
  • All images must be at least 300 DPI.
  • The dimensions of the card are 85.4mm x 54 mm
  • An additional 3mm bleed area (continuous artwork) extends beyond the card dimensions, shown on the solid red line on the figure below. This gives an overall image size of 91.4mm x 60mm.
  • The area between the solid red line and the dotted red line must contain no text.
  • All cutter guides and perforation marks are either removed or are removable.
  • All artwork is contained with a single Master folder compressed into a ZIP, SIT, SITX, SEA format.

Please note, if the artwork is not submitted correctly there may be a set up charge.

Please email your artwork to us at, or you can send a disc to:

  • PMC Systems
  • Whitehill Lane
  • Wootton Bassett
  • Swindon
  • Wiltshire
  • SN4 7DB