Post # 1
Have any of you used the Gartner Stuidos/Bride Magazine line of wedding invitation kits? They have some pretty damask invitations, $36.99 for 40 at Michael’s that I saw today. Sticking paper in a printer is about as DIY as I get, so I thought these might be right up my alley.
Are there any tips or tricks I should know? Does a certain type of printer work better than another for this type of print job?
They have coordinating place cards, STD’s and thank-you cards, too.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 14
I was looking at these this weekend! I would love a picture of the finished product. My concern was that they are alittle filmsy…I thought about adding a layer of black or pink (my accent color) cardstock to the back of the invite to make it more study…Anyone doing that. My concern is that I want it to fit the envelope (that is my favorite part of the set!)
Post # 15
I made cardstock liners for mine … I used the Pink Peony cards from the Letter imPress design at Target. It was really easy, I used the tutorial and improvised a little. I’ve heard (from my mom!) that it was tough to use a dull letter opener to open them with the cardstock liner, but otherwise I am completely happy with them and they really improved my cheapy DIY invites!
I only had to trim the top of the cardstock (used a papercutter) and the bottom. It didn’t matter to me whether they went all the way to the bottom of the envelope or almost all the way. The envelopes were the right size to use the sheet of 8.5" wide paper without having to adjust the sides. I did have to use one sheet per envelope, though.
Post # 16
I’m bought the black Damask BRIDES Gartner invitation kit (30ct) and printed my test invitation, but because the card stock is rough, the ink is not sticking to the paper and it comes out looking horrible! Did anyone else have issues with this? I’m using a laser printer.
Post # 17
I used Gartner Studios/Bride invites for our wedding too, and with the template from their web site I printed them myself at home easily. I didn’t need to feed them through one at a time, and all the pieces were easy to assemble. However, I noticed that many pieces didn’t exactly match between the two boxes that I bought (the belly band/ribbon in one box was soft and satiny, the other was stiff and cheap, for example). I also had to take one of the boxes back because the pre-cut cardstock for the invitation itself didn’t match with the pre-cut cardstock enclosed for the reception cards. Also, we got a "gated" style invitation, but when you glued the printed invitation piece into the card, it was too wide for the card, so I ended up having to trim 80 pieces of "pre-cut" invitation cards, after I’d already printed on them. So, although I didn’t let it get me down, and they turned out beautifully in the end, I didn’t think it was as easy as it was supposed to be!
Post # 18
I used these for my invitations, table cards, menus, programs, thank you notes, vendor payment cards and place cards! I did have to monkey with the format a lot and had to feed some things one at a time, but it was totally worth the savings and everything matches!
Post # 8
I am using the Gartner kits for my wedding invitations. We purchased two boxes (30 invitations in each for $39.00 each) and then had to go back for a third. The first two boxes were nearly perfect but the third box was a mess. Once we opened it we discovered that the invitations had an imperfection on every single one, the sticky foam to hold the invitation into the outer card was unusable and the ribbon that goes around the outside was wrinkled and very creased (also completely unusable). We were really frustrated as the store is very far away to return the product.