(Closed) Help! DIY invitation trouble

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

You can print the info on vellum and then layer that over your paper — tie it at the top with a ribbon. Have you tried running the paper through your own printer to see what happens? 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

they can’t print on that stock because they would be printing with a laser printer.  YOU can print on that stock with a high quality (think photo) ink jet printer.  The trade off is that they will smudge if you get them wet…but you weren’t really planning on dunking them in water anyway, right?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

Many laser printers can handle Stardream or other shimmery paper — Kinko’s just won’t do it because they don’t want to chance it with their machines and they have to follow the rules (because you know if one bride said they had Stardream paper printed at Kinkos, every bride and her mother would be lined up wanting that service!). I don’t know the exact machines we have at my office, but they are high quality laser printers and we print Stardream probably 70% of the time.

If you call a smaller, independently owned copy shop or printer in your area, they may be able to help you.  Or, perhaps they can offer you some other options for paper that they have.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

sorry….I should have clarified.  The textured stock, depending on how textured it is, can not be printed with a laser printer. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Try a Gocco!

I bet a Gocco would be able to print on this paper.  You might have to wait a little longer for ink to dry, but I bet it would work better than a printer.

Where are you?  Maybe some nearby DIY fellow bride would be willing to show you how to use the machine and lend you the use of the it.  You’d have to buy your own supplies, which would take a few days to ship to you, so if you need these done asap, this might not be very doable. 

Have you tried putting a sheet through your own personal printer to see if it would work?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m printing Stardrea text weight (not the heavy card stock) in a laser printer and I’ve also done some sheets on ink jet.

I suggest the laser if possible. Don’t use card stock for all your layers, only the backing peice. It’s not needed and impossible to print on thicker paper anyway. Not to mention it will up the cost of your postage (due to weight)

If you do use and ink jet, be prepared to lay out the paper sheets to dry over night as they can and most liekly will smudge if stacked or cut or whatever. But it’s not a huge deal really, I did it here for my stardream envelopes and I will for my programs as well.  

 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

if you do want to go the gocco route…i have one and i’m in orange county, i’d be happy to help you out with it, it’s fairly straight forward.

 

private message me if you’re interested, the gocco is a great print method…i’m doing cream ink on navy cardstock, and it works great! 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Hey I printed my own save-the-dates and used a pearlescent metallic paper i got from http://www.paperandmore.com/ that Kinko’s also said they would NOT print on. However I went to Office Max and they printed them and CUT them for me and they turned out great! I had 50 sheets printed with 5 custom cuts per sheet and it cost me $10.50!!! I’ll be going back to have my matching invitations printed!!! I had considered printing them myself at home with my injet which does work, however any moisture makes it smudge so I was determined to find someone with laser printers that would do it!

 

 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2009

gocco them! It’s so easy, and you’ll be very satisfied with the outcome!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You might want to try a solid ink printer (such as a xerox).  It worked quite well on stardream paper

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