Post # 1
I am trying to DIY my invitations…I designed a chandelier-themed invite in Microsoft Publisher and now I just need the right paper!
I started at Paper Source and I was overwhelmed! What is the difference between the PS Collection, Luxe, Stardream, and Shimmer? Are some just thicker than others?
What is a good thickness for paper for my invites? I want to keep it on the formal side, do you recommend I go with the Shimmer or Stardream since they both have a metalic finish?
Also, if you have any suggesttions on where I can get them printed please let me know (I was thinking Staples or Kinkos but don’t know about the quality or requirements).
Post # 3
I used stardream And they turned out great!! 🙂 Ive used the shimmer for reply cards and they turned out really well. Also my save the dates. 180gsm is the usual width paper width. but depends if your having a backing card!
I used my epson tx400 printer. Worked like a dream. You could use a colour photocopier and run them through? and then take it through to the local stationers you could get them cut there? or cut them yourself.
I cant reccomend any printers from america sorry 🙁
Post # 4
definitely get samples of each paper so you can fold, see the color and feel them. i don’t have experience with Paper Source papers but as with any paper, seeing it in person can help you make your decision.
As for printers, i’m not sure where you are but , in my opinion, Kinkos and Staples printing quality and capabilities are not ideal. If their prices suit your budget, by all means go for it, but research printing presses in your area and call/email them what you want to do, and they can give you a quote. Sometimes kinkos has been MORE expensive than a printing press i regularly use for personal projects..so check!!
good luck 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice ladies- keep it coming! I’m still clueless when it comes to selecting paper!
Post # 6
Definitely just call and ask for samples. I did that with a few companies, and they will literally send you a little swatch of everything they have.
As for printing, Google local printers in your area. Places like Staple, Office Max etc. just send out most of their printing to a lab and charge you more for it. Local printers do everything in house and will be more careful and meet your needs better. Because you are wanting to keep it formal, have you considered the type of printing you will use, letterpress, flat, thermography, etc.? My local printer does Thermography (raised ink) in house and I’m getting 200 invites printed in a specially formulated ink color for $70. That includes the paper, and them cutting it to size! It’d only be $40 for black ink!
Let me know if you have any specific questions about invitation details. I DIY’ed every part of my pocketfolds, except the printing, of course!