Post # 1
I haven’t found any solid or print cardstock (sold in large sheets) that works for my colors (deep turquoise, champaign, ivory) to use as the primary piece for my DIY pocketfold invites. So, I have a couple of solutions that I wanted to throw out and see if anyone is familiar with whether these are viable options. Here goes:
1. I would like to have ivory sheets of cardstock printed. Will a printing/signage place like Kinkos do that if I took in a jpg or pdf image file?
2. I have access to a large printer used by for printing blueprints/plans for architcecture types. Anyone know whether a machine like that would accommodate a heavier weight paper like cardstock? I know I can print from that machine for $6 a sheet. . . .
3. Should I ditch the idea of having the cardstock printed and switch to trying to find a stamp roller and an appropriate ink? Would that be easier? Anyone use this tactic?
Thanks in advance for your help/ideas/advice!
Post # 3
How big a sheet are you talking?
It sounds to me like rolling would be easiest and most cost effective, depending on how many of these sheets you’d need to do. I would probably not go with the blueprint-type printer as it seems like cardstock might foul up the works. Kinkos can print things from digital files, but whether they can meet your needs might depend on the size of page you’re talking about.
Post # 4
P.S. have you considered making a stencil or screenprinting onto the cardstock with thinned paint?
Post # 5
How large of paper are you looking for? Have you looked at Paper Source online? I purchased my red cardstock from them. They have the 26 x 20 paper. See link below. And you can ask them to send you a sample of the paper first if you want to see the color and the look of it. They were super easy to deal with. If you do order from them, you might consider paying the extra $6 for flat shipping. I didn’t want my paper curled into a roll so I paid it. Good luck!
Post # 6
You can definitely get a jpeg printed at a printing place like Kinkos or Staples. I went to Staples to have a few of my DIY invitations printed to see how it looked – they were jpeg format. I brought in my own cardstock (8.5×11) and it cost about 80 or 90 cents per page.
Since I did not want to spend that much money, I have decided to have them printed in black ink (about 30 cents per page) and use dry embossing and stencils instead of a picture. I got this idea from the Dry Embossing Bio that Miss Cherry Blossom posted a while back. This bio gives wonderful directions. I have tried it and my invitations look gorgeous. It is taking me a long time to do the invitations – dry embossing is a lot of work.
I think a stamp roller might look nice too.
I’d try a number of things out and see what looks best and what you’re comfortable with.
Post # 7
The trick actually, is that I want to print on cardstock that is larger than 8.5×11 – I want to print on something like a 23×25 so I can make the pocketfolds out of them. That’s why I’m not sure how that would work at Kinkos – I wouldn’t want them to print on regular paper and MOUNT it on posterboard or something, I want it printed directly onto the cardstock.
I’m so difficult. *sigh*
Post # 8
I don’t think Kinkos can print that big…also, are you trying to change the color of the cardstock? I don’t think I’d suggest *printing* any solid color onto it if that’s what you’re trying to do — inkjet printing will probably show banding, and laser printing can flake if you bend the cardstock to fold it into pockets. I’d try the really thin layer of paint, but you might have to experiment with different types and different dilutions, and then you’d have to keep in mind it might not be consistent from sheet to sheet, and even w/in the same batch — just ’cause of roller pressure, etc. You might be able to take it to a pro printer that does "sheet fed" printing and uses heat set inks, but that could get really pricey.
What about sticking w/ the ivory and using a large stamp to repeat a pattern across the sheets in turquoise and/or ivory? Like big leaves or flowers or paisley, etc.? That way you’ll get lots of your colors, but won’t have to worry about huge solid portions flaking or cracking.
Post # 9
I think a stamp or a roller would work. You could find a place that silkscreens posters and ask them to do it on cardstock for you.
Also, have you considered finding wallpaper in a pattern you like, and either adhering it to a cardstock backing, or possibly using it on its own? I’ve always thought of wallpaper as being relatively thick, right? It could be worth a shot…
Post # 10
Maybe you can just buy ready made pocketfolds and stamp roll those? this is the cheapest I’ve found and they have tons of colors.