Any tips for printing directly on envelopes???

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I didn’t have any problems printing addresses on my invites.  Just make sure you have enough to practice the placement of it – it took me a couple tries to get it set up how I wanted.

Post # 4
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756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yes I have advice! I assume you are using Microsoft Word? If so, when you go to “File, Print” make sure you click the “Printer Properties” and choose what kind of paper most closely matches yours. I found that choosing “Other Specialty Papers” was the best choice for all of my paper… the ink is dark but doesn’t streak. Good luck!

Post # 5
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926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I made a template in Word that was the size of the envelope (set the margins accordingly and to where I wanted my text to be).  I printed a test page on regular paper then held it up to the envelope to make sure it lines up ok.  As PP suggested, try to pick the right type of paper or chose envelope if you have the option.  Also I recommend chosing the highest quality print to ensure it won’t smear and will dry fast. 

Post # 7
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109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I just did this.  I agree with GeorgiaBride5.  I did a test print on plain paper first.  I cut a piece of paper the same size as my envelope.  Then, I measured the exact size of my envelope (mine was odd 5.25 x 7.25).  In Word I went to Page Layout-Size-More Paper Sizes and typed in my custom size.  Doing my test print, I made sure I marked which way to insert the envelope to ensure it prints on the correct side and right-side-up.  Hope this helps!  Good luck!

Post # 9
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140 posts
Blushing bee

Depending on the type of paper you use your ink might flake off. You can try using a fixative spray like Krylon low-odor matte clear spray on the printed envelope and let it air out. Also, mail a test envelope/STD to yourself so you can see how it handles with the post office. Good luck!

Post # 11
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856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

a really good printer and good envelopes.  I printed all my envelopes using a Canon color laser and stardream envelopes.  i designed a template in InDesign because I was using a pro font and wanted to change the glyphs. 

Post # 13
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856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mattsgirl813:  you might want to do a test run.  There were certain brands of card stock and envelopes that kept jamming every printer I used.  It was very frustrating.  I bought a beautiful feltweave paper that I could not use so I had to go with a plan B.

Post # 14
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

This was such a pain for me to figure out. For some reason, my OpenOffice hated everything, so I wasted a lot of extra envelopes trying to get it right. BUT it looked really nice when I finally did! I basically did what @ScottsdaleBride did, and I saved a printer profile for it, so all I had to do was go print > properties > profiles (since otherwise I would have had to change the specs every single time for each print, even though it was the same document).

Post # 15
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1195 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Practice practice practice. I cut a piece of cardstock and printed on that until I got the orientation and spacing right. After I did that, it went seamlessly!! 

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