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How do I pay for my order?

In order to approve your proof using our Proof & Pay system, you will need to enter a credit card. The credit card will not be charged until your order is shipped. If you would like to pay via a method other than a credit card, please contact us at or 833-290-5684.

How do plastic fundraising cards work?

Plastic fundraising cards allow organizations to raise funds by displaying discounts from area businesses all in one place. Creating a fundraising card is as simple as finding discounts, creating your card, proofing and approving.

How does proofing and production work?

  • Once you submit your artwork, we will send you a proof within 24 hours.
  • Standard CMYK card, key tag and carrier orders of 5,000 or less ship in 4-9 business days from proof approval.
  • Specialty card orders or orders of more than 5,000 ship within 15 days of proof approval.

How does tracking information and and invoicing get handled?

Once your order has shipped, you will be emailed an invoice (PDF) that includes a UPS tracking number in the body of the invoice.

How long does it take to print my custom gift cards or key tags?

At Plastic Resource, we begin printing your custom gift cards or key tags soon after you approve your initial proof. Although turnaround time depends on the design of your gift card or key tag, customers typically receive their orders in as little as one week.

How much does it cost to get a gift card?

The cost of your gift cards will depend on many factors such as size, color, encoding and more. We offer a wide range of options from custom gift cards to pre-designed gift cards to fit your business and budget.

How much will it cost to get custom printed key tags?

Custom key tag cost depends on varying factors such as size, design, encoding, quantity and more. You have the ability to create custom key tags for your business that fit your specific budget with Plastic Resource.

How to encode magnetic stripe cards?

Magnetic stripe cards include a stripe on the back that is encoded with customer data using tiny magnets inside the strip. The stripe is encoded using data from your POS system.

How to make discount cards?

Making a discount card is simple, requiring just a few easy steps:

  1. Plan your discount
  2. Design your card
  3. Proof and pay
  4. Start reaping the benefits

How to make gift cards for my business?

Making a gift card for your business is simple, requiring a few easy steps:

  1. Determine POS integration and encoding
  2. Design your gift card
  3. Send encoding data
  4. Proof and then pay
  5. Get your cards

How transparent are the plastic business cards?

We offer two types of transparent business cards: clear (fully transparent) and frosted (partially transparent). The level of transparency also depends on the card design and the color of the ink. Darker colors are less transparent than light colors. We often add white ink to the card to limit the transparency of lighter colors.

I am designing my own artwork. Where can I get design templates and specifications?

You will find design specifications, recommendations, and downloadable templates in a number of popular file formats (AI, PDF, and PSD) on the “Create Your Custom Card” web page. If you are designing a card or key tag with a custom die cut shape, please contact us to discuss details.

I don’t have a gift and loyalty card software system, can you help me?

Yes. Plastic Resource has over 20 years of experience manufacturing gift and loyalty cards for hundreds of software systems. We will refer you to a software provider(s) that is ideally suited to your business.

I've never sold gift cards before but want to start. What do I need to do first?

The first step in selling gift cards is having a system to manage them. If you have an existing POS System; you will need to find out whether or not you can accept gift cards.

If you can, simply contact our sales department and they will be happy to help you get started. Or, if you prefer, you can also review our step-by-step guide.

If you don't have an existing POS System, contact us at 833-290-5684 and we would be happy to refer one.

If I choose transparent plastic, does it affect the vibrancy of the card?

Transparent plastic is popular for plastic business cards. You need to keep the material in mind when you design your card as it does affect the vibrancy of the card — especially with lighter colors. We will often add white ink to the card to make the certain colors more vibrant. The level of transparency/color vibrancy may not be fully reflected in a proof. If you have not printed on transparent plastic before, we highly recommend a press proof.

My point-of-sale or credit card processor will not provide me the encoding instructions and/or is charging me for the encoding file. What do I do?

A few POS and credit card processors will not provide the encoding instructions or the file containing the unique numbering to their customers. Often times we have a “work around” for such situations. Contact us at or 833-290-5684.

What are some general design guidelines?

For a list of specifications, guidelines and general tips, see the design template web page. This includes:

  • Cards are generally full color on the front and black text on the back
  • Cards generally have the company logo on the front
  • Cards generally have a disclaimer, company contact information and magstripe/barcode (if applicable) on the back

See the design template for more.

What are the dimensions and specifications of gift cards?

The standard specification for a gift card (and all financial cards) is referred to as a CR80. CR80 cards are 3.375 inches x 2.125 inches and .030 inches thick. Plastic Resource’s gift cards are constructed with a PVC core overlaid with writeable PVC laminate film. For design templates prepared for standard products sizes, visit the design template web page.

What are the dimensions and specifications of key tags and combo cards?

The dimensions of Plastic Resource’s key tag and combo card products can be found on the design template web page. Key tag and combo cards are .030 inches thick (same thickness as a CR80 or credit card) and constructed of a durable teslin core and non-writable PET laminate film.

What are the minimum order requirements for cards and key tags?

The minimum order required for custom cards (you design) is 250 pieces. This includes custom printed gift cards, membership cards, business cards, and key tags with unique artwork. The minimum order for pre-designed gift and loyalty cards is 100 pieces.

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