(Closed) Printer for DIY Invitations

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Laser printer all the way. Inkjet will smear and blotch and frustrate you and waste your time. They’re expensive, though, so don’t buy one just for this. We already had one so it wasn’t a big deal. But if you don’t have one or a friend who will let you borrow hers in exchange for a toner cartridge or something, I would honestly just get them printed instead of print yourself.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m using my inkjet printer on linen text weight paper from paperandmore.com, with heavier cardstock as a matter and petal folds.  I know inkjet does not print well on the metallic papers, like those for sale at cardsandpockets.  Most people either get them printed or use a laser printer for those. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@chocolateaffair: Good luck! Have you done them already or tested it? I was using linen envelopes and still had this problem.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I am wondering the same thing. I am planning on using an inkjet printer for my invitations, never thought of using a laser printer as I have colour in my invitations and all the printers I see that are laser and are reasonably priced do not print in colour.

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I also am doing DIY invites for an October wedding and I brought my brown cardstock to a FedEx Office store and they printed them for me! I’m doing cream ink on brown cardstock which was apparently difficult for a regular printer.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I used a photoprinter (I am pretty sure it is a laser) Canon MX3000, worked like a charm printing on cardstock, vellum, envelopes you name it.

One thing to be wary of is if your printer has custom paper settings (regular paper, photo paper, glossy photo paper, matte etc), when I was test printing our templates I printed on the ‘normal paper’ setting and everything looked washed out and kind of bleh.

Switched it up to the matte photo paper setting (even though I was printing on cardstock) and everything turned out Suuuuuuuuuuuuuper vibrant and generally just awesome.

So just remember to test before you start printing everything. Also, be aware if your printer has size restrictions (mm of thickness) — some printers can’t print the heavier weight cardstocks (100lbs +).

Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I used a Canon Inkjet on both cardstock from Paper Source and DIY invites from Michael’s and they turned out awesome. I had read a bunch of reviews about the ink smudging on the Michael’s paper, but everything printed out beautifully and not a smudge in sight.

I was having a bit of an issue with ink deposits on the envelopes, so I solved that by doing wraparound labels on full-sheet labels. These suckers are just about done and I’ll be posting pictures soon. It has been quite a ride…weeks of late nights. Can’t wait until they hit the mailbox. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have an inkjet and wasnt happy with the quality for my paper products so I sent my big printing jobs to staples.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m using text weight linen paper for my invite inserts and also #29 vellum from paperandmore.com. The tests I have done have worked well on my inkjet printer.

I’m taking the RSVP cards to Office Max though…

Post # 14
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Helper bee

@Soon2BWashington: That’s awesome to hear it turned out good! Hopefully my experience goes as good.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Wait a sec – did you just say you used an inkjet to print on metallic paper?  I thought that was impossible!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m using an inkjet with thick, textured cardstock. I haven’t had too much trouble with smudging.

I did try printing on shimmery paper, and once it dried it didn’t smudge UNLESS your fingers are damp when you touch it. When my finger was slightly wet it did smudge it even though it was completely dry, but my dry finger couldn’t smudge it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck, everyone!

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