Post # 1
Yes, I am printing my invitation envelopes on my printer.. gasp! I know, please try to overlook my faults.
Ok, I’m having an unexpected issue. I did my mail merge, got the spacing worked out, printed a few test runs on plain paper, and everything worked out perfectly. I put my envelopes in and the ink seems to be smudging on some, others have random lines. I have a feeling that since it’s *kind of* 2 pieces of paper, and they’re not *glued together* that the address side kind of lifts up against the ink cartridge and smudges. That’s the only thing I can think of that could be happening. Does that make sense? Or any ideas of what else could be going on? Has this happened to anyone else, and any ideas on how to fix it? Please help!! Thanks!
Post # 3
Well, I’m sorry I don’t have any tips on how to fix the printer, but don’t feel bad about printing your envelopes! Printed envelopes look fine, calligraphy is expensive and I don’t know about you but my handwriting is definitely not "wedding-ready".
FI and I ended up printing addresses out on clear adhesive labels–which was NOT my first choice but ended up being perfectly fine. So if you start freaking out or can’t get it to work, that’s another option.
Post # 4
This happened to mine too. It stopped after about 10 envelopes. I think the envelope was thick it was touching part of the printer that was dirty, and aftera bunch of envelopes it was all cleaned off. I figure that people will just think the mail man did it 🙂
Post # 5
This happened to me too until I realized there was an option in the print screen to change the type of paper I was using from normal "letter" to "envelope." Maybe there’s a similar feature on your printer/computer?
Post # 6
It might be because the envelope is multiple layers, which are not pulled through quite evenly. I had trouble with some of my envelopes when I ran them through sideways. When I switched the orientation so that they ran through top-to-bottom, it cleared up. And I second that if you have an option to tell it you’re running an envelope, you should do that. Just like the photographic paper options (depending on your printer) it changes how the printer operates based on the weight of paper expected.
Also depending on your printer, there may be a "clean heads" command function you can use to force it to clean itself. Sometimes selecting the highest print quality will also force automatic head cleaning.
Post # 7
Here is what I found, all my old cheap printers were great for this, now NONE of the 3 mega industrial printers we own will accommodate my needs! Either buy an old HP black and white or try something else–sorry, it was really frustrating for me too. I am thinking of getting an xyron machine for my invitations. I was surprised I couldnt find any gorgeous templates on Martha stewart or anywhere else! Sorry, and good luck!
Post # 8
Thanks for the tips, I did try to change it from letter to envelope and it’s not even an option. I have tried changing it to premium paper and everything in between. I’m normally pretty tech-savvy, so I feel like a moron. And I am having the envelopes pulling through the printer top-to-bottom, I can’t even change it to pull sideways, which I thought might help. We have an HP OfficeJet all in one. I wish we never threw away our old DeskJets! If anyone thinks of anything else, please let me know!
Post # 9
WOW — so glad i’m not the only one having problems with this. i’ve only got like 40 invitations so i was going to hand-write the names on the front but wanted to print the addresses on the reply envelopes and also the return address on the regular envelopes — and my printing keeps freaking out and telling me i have no paper and eating the envelopes. am seriously having a "hate my printer" moment!!