(Closed) Can't print with white ink? OH NO…

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You would have to get it done at a printer or use a specialty printer. You can’t print white ink with a standard at-home printer. Sorry! 

Post # 4
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I used to work in an office where we created a lot of printed materials and managed that department.  Regular printers (even the big fancy ones at Staples) don’t have white ink.  They use toners in yellow, cyan, magenta, and black that mix in differnt amounts to create colors.  There’s no way to do white.


Post # 5
295 posts
Helper bee

If you do find somewhere to print white ink for you it is going to be VERY EXPENSIVE. I used to work press and printing white was something we all dreaded because of the amount of press cleaning beforehand (to prevent color contamination). 

Post # 6
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You can get a similar look by using a white stamp pad for a design element and printing in blakc ink where you have type. You could get a specialty stamp made for the working on your invites and or rsvp cards, but that isn’t terribly practical or cost effective.


If you have a really, reeeeally good printer and a really really good fax machine you can print onto white cardstock your entire design. you’d have to scan in your craft paper and make the design in photoshop. The white letters would not be printed, but everything else would. I don’t think it would look as good, however, as using the kraft paper itself, and it would be very time intensive.

Post # 8
295 posts
Helper bee

@Amsy28:  On White paper yes. It would be very hard to get any “light color” on colored paper with a standard printer. What you need to be looking for is a specialty printing shop that can run your invitations on a press with the abilty to run spot colors and not CMYK. It will still be much more expensive than your standard printing at staples or vistaprint. What I would suggest  is to print the information part of your invation on a card stock and then mount it to a kraft paper pocket fold. 

Like this one: http://www.paperandmore.com/product/2999/brown-kraft-recycled-a7-himalaya-pocket-invitations 

Or you could be very sneaky and print on white paper but create a background on your invation to look like Kraft Paper. Like this:


Post # 9
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Have you checked out Catprint?  I haven’t looked for this specifically but they can do lots of stuff.

Post # 10
1916 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

You might want to consider a local printer who can do foil stamping.  It will give you that crisp white look you’re looking for.  It’s not cheap, but not as expensive as letterpress.




Post # 11
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You could get your hands on a gocco, learn how to use it, and print with white ink using that!

Post # 12
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Did you try fedex? they are awesome! I just had some paper cut there today, took about 5 seconds and cost me 5 bucks! call them and see, they can print most anything 🙂

Post # 13
38 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

It’s possible!

You would need to get your invitations screenprinted. It’s the same process used to make graphics on t-shirts, stickers, posters etc.

It’s more expensive than getting something printed at staples because it has to be done by hand, but the sky is the limit in terms of what you can do – white, metallic, glow-in-the dark, whatever. The “ink” is basically a paint, you can choose whatever paper you want. It’s incredibly versatile.

I suggest you google “screen printing (yourcity)”, and see what pops up. Good luck!


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