Post # 1
I am contemplating making my own invitations to save money. I am not 100% sure of my colours yet, but I saw a few designed I liked.
One of the main colours in the wedding is Ivory. I will have another accenting colour, but I’m not sure what yet. But I like the look of having that accenting colour as a border. I would achieve this by printing on the ivory paper and taping (double sided tape) the ivory to the coloured card stock, leaving a border around it.
Now, printing is what I’m unsure of. If I found regular printer paper in the ivory colour and printed the invitations on this, and then stuck these to cardstock, would that be durable? Or is it reccommended I use ivory cardstock instead? What would be the benefits of cardstock when it’s just being glued to more cardstock?
It seems everyone uses cardstock so I’m just wondering.
Post # 3
Cardstock is more durable and heavy. It gives the invite a much more impressive feel. Plain printer paper tends to look cheap and often you can see the tape or glue behind it. I would recommend using either layered cardstock. 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
@MissKit: I would print directly on the cardstock and then attach the printed piece to the background cardstock. The cardstock is much thicker which makes the invitation look and feel more formal. Also, the cardstock won’t ripple or bend up at the edges after it is assembled.
Post # 5
That is what I did & they were thick enough.
I printed onto a cream colored linen paper and used a tape roller adhesive to glue them to my cardstock. Unfortunately, I only have a picture of the outside of them on this computer, but imagine if you opened the pocket fold up and on the top flap, was our invitation glued to the cardstock.
Post # 6
I definitely would recommend using ivory cardstock (I did all my own printed invitations using cardstock and have a background in the paper crafting industry). There are a few reasons:
As a previous poster mentioned, regular weight paper is likely to show tape or glue through it, although some of the tape rollers that roll out clear tape are okay. BUT -they get very expensive very quickly and don’t adhere as well as glue. I’d recommend ZipDry glue for any light-colored cardstock – if it seeps over the edge, it rubs off without marring. Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive glue is good for any darker cardstock. It’s thicker than the ZipDry though so it can be seen through light colored cardstock if you put it on too thick.
Another reason is that if you use regular weight paper, it’s much more likely to get bent/damaged. Even taping or gluing it on, the adhesive won’t go all the way to the corners. Cardstock won’t catch and bend easily like regular weight paper does.
Carstock also just gives your invitations a more luxe, professional feel.
If you don’t already have one, get a GREAT paper trimmer if you’re going to be cutting paper and cardstock. This is one area not to skimp. I’d get cheaper glue/tape before I cheaped out on the paper trimmer. My personal favorite is the Cutterpillar, although there are other good ones. If you have any friends that paper craft/scrapbook, see if they have one you can borrow. The guillotine style you see at places like Office Max are okay but not my favorite. I like them better than the cheap crafting ones with really small blades though. A bad paper trimmer will ruin your invitations (not cutting straight) and frustrate you very quickly.
Post # 7
That’s helpful, thank you. Now for printing on cardstock.. how much would it cost to get a company to do this?
Post # 8
@MissKit: paperandmore has a very nice heavyweight paper that I printed on (70 lbs) at home with no problems. I then attached this to a thick cardstock, which was then mounted inside a pocketfold card.
Post # 9
@MissKit: I used CatPrint. They have several ivory cardstocks, and are ridiculously inexpensive. I paid about $120 for 125 invitations, rsvp cards, envelopes and reception cards, all on a shimmer paper, and the quality and speed was absolutely amazing!!! If you go to their website, there is an order form for a sample pack, so you can view all the colors, weights, and types first. You just need to send them a jpg of your wording and they print it in your colors. www.catprint.com
Post # 10
Catprint was awesome!!! Friendly, helpful and very reasonable prices!
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
I second using CatPrint. They did a phenomenal job printing our invitations and enclosure cards. It was pretty inexpensive and they have a ton of paper options to choose from. Make sure you order a sample pack of their papers so you know which one you want them to print on.
Post # 12
We did ivory cardstock on a colored carstock background…our colors were pink and green but it looked nicer for the writing to be on ivory. The ivory cardstock we used had a bit of a shimmer to it which looked really nice. We found a Groupon for a local printer/design company and used them for the printing and some of the cutting. It was a great deal so maybe keep your eyes out for that but always check out reviews first. But it looks like CatPrint is a good optin. Here is some inspiraton..we had 2 invites as our wedding was in Greece we had one for the greek guests and one for the travelers (it was a boarding pass theme)
We bought all our cardstock online….we were a bit naughty…went to a few scrapbooking places, found the paper we liked, wrote down the make and style number and looked it all up online and got it for a fraction of the price…hey, when it comes to weddings, saving every penny helps!
Post # 13
Wow!! Those are gorgeous!! Do you want to make my invitations for me?? I hope mine come out half as nice as yours did!
Post # 14
You can buy sheets of cardstock and use your home printer too! If you size them right, you can get multiples on a single sheet and then cut them out.
Another benefit of cardstock is that when you apply glue on the back, it won’t wrinkle when you place it on another piece. I was making cards to ask my friends to be my bridesmaids and the first run I used printer paper on cardstock and the printer paper got trasculent and wrinkled pretty bad! The next run I used cardstock on cardstock and it looked so much better!
(They’re a little uneven, but they didn’t seem to mind (: )
Post # 15
That looks really good too!! Do you need a special printer to print on cardstock? That’s what I’m most concerned about!
Post # 16
@MissKit: Yours will come out just as nice!! There are sooooooooooooo many possibilities to invites that they are all beautiful in their own unique ways! And no I don’t want to do yours! I think we spent enough time doing our 350!! Poor DH was exhausted by the end but he was a total trooper