(Closed) Has Anyone Printed Invites on Shimmer Paper?

posted 4 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

nicagrace28:  My daughter printed parts of her invites and menus on shimmer cardstock.  One side was solid and the other side had a pattern.  We printed on the solid side except for the menus, she printed on the patterened side.  We were able to print two reception cards and two accomodations cards per page, so no waste.  We just mixed up the colors when we put them together. She printed two menus/placecards per page also.  We copied the back of the dark gray card and printed it on regular paper to use as the envelope liners.  Hope this helps.

 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

nicagrace28:  I printed our engagement invites on paper that had a very subtle pearl effect, it looked beautiful! I think you just have pick the right kind of paper, nothing too over the top, something that will just give it a nice little something extra! 

One little thing to keep in mind is that the shimmer can affect how well it prints – I printed ours on my work printer (which is a massive professional laser printer, basically as good as they get) and I found if I handled the invites too much some of the ink started to come off a little. It wasn’t a lot and to anyone else it probably wasn’t noticable (it was more just on the edges as i’d printed a black border), but just something to keep in mind. You can always check with wherever you buy the paper from what type of printer/ink you should use! 

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Like the PP, I printed on a very subtle pearl cardstock (I bought it at Michael’s.)  I printed menu cards and program fans on the paper using black, a dark purple, and a light purple ink.  I had them printed at Staples because it took too long for the ink on my ink jet printer to dry, and the cardstock would not go through my laser printer.  The colors printed perfectly and everything looked great.  It wasn’t as cheap as I thought it would be to use Staples, though, because I gave them my own paper and had color fonts.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I would post a photo but you can’t see the pearl sheen in my photos.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Just an FYI, if you have somebody designing your invites and are looking for affordable gold foil, I believe Cat Print does gold foil printing for just an extra $.50 per piece (according to their website anyway). I haven’t followed up with them about it yet because we are still very far away from ordering invites, but my plan is to design my own and have them printed in gold foil using them. For 90 invites I think it’s only coming out to be like $150ish? Again, that is if their website is accurate.

For other stuff we aren’t doing in gold foil, we are using shimmer paper (programs, menu, etc.)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

pinkksnow:  Just also wanted to say, how clever, and the suite came out beautifully!!!!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I printed my invitations on Curious Metallics Ice Silver paper (a pretty thick one) and they came out looking absolutely beautiful. Subtle, not too in your face, the print looks lovely on it and they have a nice premium weight and feel. I don’t have any pictures with me though, unfortunately. I agree with PP, you just need to pick the right kind of paper. You can get bolder ones, softer ones, little sheen, lots of shine, so it’s up to you. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

i ordered shimmer paper from cards & pockets and it was beautiful, as was the printing on it. any of their metallic line is great.

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Post # 10
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Bumble bee

tjacob2014:  Thanks so much!  She did a great job cutting them by hand.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

pinkksnow:  can I ask how you msmaged to get the cards into those shapes? Is there a special tool?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

soontobedrt:  A couple of different ways.  We found some little notepads at Micheals.  She traced around them on clear plastic (like plastic dividers for a notebook) and cut it out.  After she printed the pages, she would trace around the stencil on the page and cut it out by hand.  We also found some hard plastic stencils at the craft shop.  They have a few different ones that have multiple shapes on each.  It was basically a lot of tracing and cutting.  My job was to erase the little bit of pencil that was left on the cards after they were cut.  Cutting was above my paygrade.

Another way would be to print a page, then trace around it but not cut it out.  You could copy it and print it with the shape already there.  That is how we did the envelope liners.  We cut one out, then copied/printed that shape over and over.  It saved on ink because it only printed the actual shape of the liner.  So the shape was already there to cut out.  I know all this sounds confusing but it was more time consuming than difficult.

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