Post # 1
And how much do you hate them?
Right now I’m really disliking them.
Well they look great, the price was right, but they smudge so so easily. So you can look at all the pieces, just don’t touch! OMG, I don’t know if people will be able to read them by the time they receive them. And there is no extra money to start again.
The templates aren’t that great either.
I like the look, but I wish I had stuck with my original plan of having invites printed.
Post # 3
Sorry to hear they’re such a pain 🙁 I don’t have any experience with them…but I’ve been warned away by my girlfriend who does. She said they’re a big hassle and she doesn’t even know if she saved much money in the end!
Anyways, on the bright side, I’m sure they’ll look beautiful because hers did!
Post # 4
Are you giving them time to dry? Some papers will smudge easily when right out of the printer. If you give them some drying time, they’ll smudge less. What type of paper is it?
You might be able to adjust your printing settings to reduce the smudging. Perhaps if you changed it to print in “draft” format (or whatever settings your printer comes with), it would use less ink and be less smudgy?
Sorry that you’re having problems 🙁
Post # 5
Oh no! We considered them because they’re beautiful, but we ended up making our own.
Post # 6
I used them but printed on velum at an office supply store. That only cost $30 more for 100 invites and saved us a ton of headache. We cut the velum to size and attached to the Michaels invites with a ribbon. Very time consuming but that should be expected with any DIY project.
Post # 7
@BlueChampagne: It is a laser printer so the ink doesn’t need to dry and it is smudging days later.
I’ve been done printing for a while.
My FI’s aunt was telling me tonight about some spray stuff you can buy for drawing so they don’t smudge, can’t think of the name off the top of my head, so off to Michael’s tomorrow to buy some and give it a try.
@Gemstone: They are beatiful, that is why it sucks that the printing is making them less beautiful.
Post # 8
It’s called spray fixative. We used it in art school to spray our charcoal drawings to keep them from smudging. It works pretty well.
It might work on the invites but definately give it a test run first.
Post # 9
I got mine at Michael’s and did them. Only cost $15!!! I did not have the ink problem though. I hope yours work out!!!
Post # 10
I loved mine and didn’t have any problems at all!
Post # 11
I got mine from Target, not Michaels, but had a similar problem on my printer, but when I switched to a work printer (both laser), it worked just fine and didn’t smudge. Is there another printer you can try?
Post # 12
Shoot, this post is scaring me. I’m using some from Michael’s and haven’t tested them yet. Guess I’m going to have to run one through the printer tonight and see what happens.
Post # 13
I bought some and then when we took them out and really looked at them I realized that they were all different colors and were printed weird. I ended up returning them and ordered DIY pocket folds online. It was about $50 more but it seems to be worth it.
Post # 14
I was planning on it but now I’m scared to…
Post # 15
We bought fixative today and sprayed every piece and that has seemed to work. A lot of hassle though.
Now to assemble the things, get them in the mail and out of my house.
I’ll be happy with them once they are done but it has been a huge hassle and saving the money has not really been worth my time.
Live and learn.
Post # 16
I used black and white invites from Michael’s and there was massive smudging, but I did not realize it until I saw invites at friend and family members homes after they were sent! I was able to realize it was NOT the ink that was smudging, but the inside flap (that was black) that then rubbed onto the white invitation. Very frustrating, but nothing I knew about until after they were sent! In hindsigh, I should have put a piece of tissue paper between the invite and the flap…but I thought that was very ‘outdated’ and skipped the step.