- 2 months ago
- Wedding: August 2017
Hey so, long time no see, Bees! I had the WORST seasonal depression this year and I basically put everything off and totally abandoned the hive, but now I’m back on track and buzzing like a busy little worker bee. I’m still sort of behind but whatever. I’m super zen about it. Wedding in August! aaaahhh!!! I missed the gang. What up.
So, here’s my question. I’m making my own invitations. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but they are going to be amazing. I’m making a gatefold card on my cricut with a really elegant traditional black and white invite inside. I have played around with the idea of getting them professionally printed, but I’m also embossing them with an embossing folder (amazing, I tell you), so I need a little margin for error. Don’t stop to google that, you don’t have to know what embossing with folders is to help me.
What I’m really getting at is, if you printed your invites at home, what kind of printer did you use, and did the text smear or fade? I have an inkjet and a (black and white) laserjet printer at home. I’m using cotton paper. I printed a sample on my sample piece of cotton paper using the laser printer and it looked beautiful. But then I read horror stories online about laser toner smearing, so I went back and rubbed my finger over the text. It didn’t smear unless I pressed really hard, but even gently rubbing over the text brushed some of the toner away (aka the text became lighter). Not good.
I tried googling around to see if people think ink or laser printers are better. It seems like most people recommend laser, but some people adamantly reccommend ink. Should I use my laser printer? Should I use the ink printer? Should I get new toner, will that help? The toner in my laser printer is an off-brand kind, not the manufacturers kind. I bought it when I was studying for the bar exam and needed to print out trees upon trees worth of review material. Do you think the bargain-brand toner is the problem? Should I buy a fixative spray? I really don’t want the invitations to have any kind of a shine. Are matte fixative sprays really matte? Google is useless. No one agrees. I need Bees. help.