(Closed) DIY invites: did your ink smear?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am printing my own. I had a few of my test ones laying on the table and they got a few drops of water on them and the ink ran 🙁 But I am really not all that worried about them being “hurt” after I mail them, don’t know why but I’m not, guess I never really thought of it. I am being very careful when making them and putting them together though.

Post # 5
929 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I randomly had that problem with our return address stamp, and I had to buy an ink pad that was non-smear.  But I print a lot of labels and invites for events through my work, and I think if you use a laser printer, you may have more luck.  Or,  you could bring your file and your paper to a print shop (like FedEx-Kinkos) and ask for them to print them for you.  It shouldn’t be too expensive.  Good luck!

Post # 6
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

A guest would not say anything like that to you, even if it did happen. Plus, 99% of the guests won’t keep the invites long enough for that to happen.

The only time you should worry about smearing is if you use paper that has a shimmery sheen to it. Ink tends to not absorb very easily on that kind of paper.

Post # 7
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Bite the bullet and take your file in on a USB to get it printed at Staples, Kinko’s, Office Depot, etc. They all use laser printers, which don’t use ink & so won’t run when they get wet. Self serve is only 7 cents per page at Staples (in Canada). Make sure the paper you have is safe for laser copiers, though.

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