(Closed) Stardream Paper, Who’s used it?

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Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland

I just printed christmas card envelopes made from stardream.  I used an HP laser printer, and didn’t have any problems wit the text.  It rubs off a little (if you scrape it with a nail), but for my purposes, it works just fine. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland

It doesn’t rub off too easily- I had to really go at it with my fingernail in order to scrape it off, and even then, it is still readable.  I would think it might rub off a little if it goes through the mail.  

Tissue might resolve the issue, but ultimately, I don’t think it will matter too much.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i also want to use the stardream paper, but I plan to gocco. I asked a staff member at Paper Source if this was possible – and she said you can only use the stardream with a laser and not inkjet because the text has to be heated onto the paper since it is not porous enough to hold onto inkjet ink. She said the inkjet ink will start flaking off. Maybe not right away – but I worry it will be flaked off by the time it reaches your recipients once it is mailed and delivered…

I just wanted to know if I can gocco on it – and she didn’t really have an answer for me. I am guessing that if it need heat to get on a paper, then I should be okay since the gocco uses a lightbulb, right? But I hope this information helps you!

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I am using stardream but I’m not planning to print on it, so I don’t have any advice – sorry! But it sounds like some people have experience with it and hopefully now you have some guidance.

Pancy – gocco uses lightbulbs, but only to "flash" the screen – there is no heat involved in the actual printing. You’re basically ‘stamping’ ink onto the paper, so if a regular stamp-and-ink set up wouldn’t work because the ink wouldn’t get absorbed, gocco wouldn’t really either.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

Pancy –

Gocco works just fine with Stardream. I’ve printed on Stardream cardstock, paper and envelopes all with great success. The glitter from the Stardream shows through with some colored inks, but otherwise there’s no chipping or anything of that sort. My RSVP envelopes were stardream/gocco and none were damaged and I sent x-mas postcards last year that were gocco’d on both sides and they arrived just fine. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I think Mrs. Blueberry used some hairspray to make the ink stick to the paper…

Post # 11
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Newbee

Pancy – I just started to use my gocco for the first time and tried printing on stardream.  At first, the ink looked smeared, but I think it’s because i was pressing too hard.  So then I tried to use less pressure, it looked better.  But I think I need to practice more, since it was my first try.  Let us know how your’s turn out!

Amber – I’ve printed some test sheets on my HP inkjet and it looked fine to me.  I didn’t check if it chipped off though.  However, I had these sheets tossed around in my bag for a while and it all still looks fine.
I am just like you, worried about the smears, etc knowing that people will toss out my invitation too!  🙂

Post # 13
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Newbee

I have tried printing on Stardream using my Gocco, and I had the same results as lemon did. If I pressed too hard, the lines weren’t too defined. But with the right amount of pressure, it’s fine. I tihnk it takes practice.

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2007

I printed on Stardream Quartz cover stock for my Save the Dates. I didn’t have problems with the ink smudging (I was using an Epson Stylus at the time), but I did have a problem with the intensity of the color. Printed on Curious Iridiscent (Cryogen White), my dark pink and green were vibrant. Printed on Stardream Quartz, the colors were muted. The muted colors made for a nice effect, but, overall, I wasn’t as pleased as I wanted to be.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Thanks, everyone! I am scared to test run my gocco for the first time because I don’t want to waste any screens or inks. haha! so it has been sitting in my closet for the past 2 months!! But I feel much better now about ordering my stardream paper. Thanks again!!

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