Post # 1
Hello Fellow Bees,
I have decided to do my own invitations for my October 16, 2011 wedding. What type of printers have you used on the cardstock and your experiences.
Please share! I am so excited & freaking out..
Post # 3
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
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
@chocolateaffair: Good luck! Have you done them already or tested it? I was using linen envelopes and still had this problem.
Post # 6
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
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
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 🙂
Post # 9
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. 🙂
Post # 10
Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback!! I think I’ll purchase an inkjet for regular use. If it doesn’t work for my sample invitation, then I take them to a local shop to be printed. (If they are reasonable in price)
@missmouse29: I will definitely change the printer settings if the printer has that option.
Using the pearl white mettalic cardstock from paperandmore.com. 🙂
Post # 11
I have an inkjet and wasnt happy with the quality for my paper products so I sent my big printing jobs to staples.
Post # 12
Well ladies….I purchased my inkjet printer (hp photosmart plus) & all of my cardstock and mettalic papers came out great!!! Just be sure to change the paper option.
Now if only I can get embossing down. 😉 Off to my next adventure.
Post # 13
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
@Soon2BWashington: That’s awesome to hear it turned out good! Hopefully my experience goes as good.
Post # 15
Wait a sec – did you just say you used an inkjet to print on metallic paper? I thought that was impossible!
Post # 16
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. 🙂
Good luck, everyone!