(Closed) DIY Invitation Help

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I think the only way to know is to try.  Do you have enough extra paper for a trial run?

I don’t think the actual printer will smear the ink- just be careful after it’s printed to set them aside to dry for a few minutes before handling them or stacking them.

Also- you can print envelopes on inkjet printers- many word processing programs allow you to specify the dimensions of the envelope and where on it you want to print.

Post # 5
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My ink smeared with our invites, but I don’t know what kind of paper we used, it was the heaviest at paper source, and it smeared with our inkjet, but the envelopes were fine no smearing ink. But hopefully yours wont smear either way!! We had to hand feed our small envelopes but, the larger envelopes went in super easy with one of those feeder sheets. 

Post # 6
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I got my invite supplies from paperandmore.com. They have a good faq about DIY invites and printing. You might check it out. 

One thing I remember is they suggested  setting your printer on draft mode. It will lay less ink down and then be less likely to smear. 

I ended up using clear labels on the envelopes rather than printing them. It was faster since it can be a pain to feed envelopes in.

I am using small envelopes for my escort cards (2×3) I am printing on them. It is a pain. I am getting a lot of smearing, but I have a lot since they are cheap. (white coin envelopes) Now I am glad I used labels on my invites!  

Post # 7
142 posts
Blushing bee

I DIY-ed my invites using an inkjet printer and it worked! Just a few minor hiccups.

– I agree with the above poster who suggested using the draft setting, whenever I forgot to switch it I ended up with funny blobs of ink on my cardstock or envelopes.

– I have a wicked-old printer, and it couldn’t handle printing things offset (i.e. on part of my invite the text was left-justified). It would pull the paper funny and I would end up with crooked writing. I ended up printing that part of the invitation on my mom’s newer inkjet printer that’s made for photos, so it was better at printing on small things. 


Post # 8
2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I don’t know if this is possible, but there are many programs that will convert various document types to .pdf files, which is the ideal format to take to a printer like Kinkos. I would do a google search for a good PDF converter! Good luck!

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