Post # 1
I have a quick question. We’re planning on DIY-ing our invitations. I’m wondering though, what do people usually do for actually printing the text and images onto the invites. I’d like to use nice thick cardstock for our invites, but I don’t think our home printer will handle very high paper weight. Sadly I don’t own a Gocco, and I don’t want to purchase one at this stage in the game, so that route is out. If I want to print my invites on my home printer do I need to sacrifice thick paper? Are there other cheap options for printing onto thick card stock? Kinkos? Anything else that I’m not thinking of?
Post # 3
It depends on your home printer – if you have one with a rear paper tray, it can handle reasonably thick cardstock. I use a Canon Pixma and I’ve fed it some fairly hefty 250gsm stock without running into any problems.
Post # 4
I also have a Canon Pixma and will be using it to print all my paper goods. I use the paper feed in the back, so that the paper doesn’t have to bend around the drum thing. (I tested it with 130lb cardstock!) I have read on here that some ladies do their printing at Kinkos, OfficeMax or Staples. Some also report that they get the cardstock cut there inexpensively.
Post # 5
Mine will not accept thick card stock. I solved our problem by having a “layer” look, ie. base colour in thick card and then printed out invite on separate paper. Then double sided it to the invitation. Only way I could think of it to solve it without taking it to a professional printer, It worked for us, I like how they look so far – I have only completed 75%
Post # 6
I just got all my stuff printed and cut to perfect size at Staples. It was 61 cents per page for printing on 110 lb cardstock. For example, we were able to fit 4 RSVP cards on one 8.5×11 sheet of paper, so it was really 4 cents each. They did it while I waited and it was way better than struggling with it myself.
Post # 7
I printed out my DIY invitations on my ordinary home printer. Bought some of those kits with paper and envelopes and everything and went to town. Everyone loved them. Target has some amazing ones.
Post # 8
80# cardstock should be ok. Are you wanting thicker? If not, I would definitely check out Kinko’s–they could even do some custom cutting for you. Very reasonable pricing. Time-saving as well. 🙂
Post # 9
what about mounting them? most printers can take up to 110lb, but personally, i like mine heavier than that. mounting them on a second sheet of cardstock will add a layer of color as well as heft:
Post # 10
We used “cover stock” paper which is thicker than normal paper but not super thick…worked fine through loading from the back of the printer =)
Post # 11
Ooh! I thought mounting them would look dumb, but that looks really nice! Thanks ClairDarling!