Post # 1
I am creating our postcard STD’s as we speak! And our invites are being created by a friend! What I need to know is what printer everyone has had success with! I know we want to go with a color laser jet printer because we have tested our paper on one of them at work. We are using fino paper from the Paper Source and then using water color to paint the design. Please let me know what has worked and what has not. It would be very helpful!
Post # 3
I printed ours myself with just a standard, run-of-the-mill printer (we wanted a slightly worn look) on basic textured notecards from Michael’s. Just make sure that if they’re an unusual size that the printer is set to the correct size–and make sure you un-click “fit picture to frame” or it won’t come out right. 🙂
I don’t have an actual photo of the back, sorry.
Post # 4
Thanks! Very cute! What model did you print them on?
Post # 5
Thanks! 🙂 And…printer? We have an HP Deskjet 3845.
Post # 6
in my professional opinion…. color lasers can get pretty expensive… not sure if you’re wanting to make a $600+ investment for your invites, and that’s not even included toner cartridges, which are $$$. inkjet printers have come a LONG way in terms of print quality, and they are certainly affordable. the best inkjets for invites are the canon pixma series… there are a few different models, and run between 80-200. their are certainly lots of other inkjet printer options, like the hp statutorygrape mentioned, that will also work well. i don’t think i’ve ever printed on the fino paper, but if it’s metallic, it won’t work on any inkjet, and you’ll have to use laser. if that’s the case, i’d see if i could get permission to use your work laser printer on your off time.
Post # 7
Wait, I have that printer. Maybe I should think about doing my invites instead of trying to pay someone for it.
Post # 8
We have a HP Office jet 4215 color printer we bought at a thrift store for $6! It’s pretty run of the mill, aside from being an all-in-one with fax and scanner.
We printed our STD’s on them with no problem. The STD’s were blank printables in a box (also from the thrift store, notice a theme here? lol)… nothing super thick but not cheapie either. We had no problems, though we only used black ink. They looked gorgeous. No pics, sorry.
However, our printer has since started giving us fits and only prints when it “wants to” which seems to be once every three days or so so we are planning on buying something new to do the invites with. Plus, we are both FT students and print a LOT during the school year so we need one anyway.
Post # 9
HP OfficeJet 5610 All-in-One
I never understood what a difference our printer has made with everything. Until I ran out of ink and tried to make do with the printer at work. BIG MISTAKE! My home printer is AWESOME. Crisp clean lines, great color saturation, no smudging or other black marks. And sometimes the copy machine comes in handy! it’s a 4-in-1 copier, scanner, fax and printer. We really only use the printer part. It handles 80# cardstock fairly well (needs a break after about 30 sheets or it will “jam”), and handles large print jobs of text weight paper perfectly (I printed my programs 100 sheets at a time).
Post # 10
Getting them printed through an online printer service is pretty reasonable! We used Catprint to do our STD’s. It was also a postcard, and they have this 110lb paper, one side glossy (they also have non-glossy too – tons of paper selections and different sizes!)
I think that we got about 100 postcards done for less than $30. Not bad! That’s cheaper than buying a replacement ink cartridge after printing those all up! We also plan to do out invites once it is time. Their service is pretty personal – I made a mistake on the ordering option (the flip edge) and I called the next day. They informed me that they already fixed it! (Another good thing is that when I call, I always get a real person – no “Press 1 for..” – direct to a real person!)
You can get a wedding sample package sent to you (free) so you can see the quality and different paper selection. I highly recommend it – do you don’t have to worry about alignment and such!
Post # 11
We used Vistaprint for our Save-The-Date Cards and it was very reasonable.
Post # 12
I have an Epson CX3200 from about 4 years ago. It prints really good photographs so it was fine printing our invites (althought I did have to mess around with the settings to get the right quality – and it was slower than a laser printer but I like the quality better)
I used it for everything (candy buffet labels, guest cards, signage).
Pics of my invites here:
Another one bites the dust! Pic heavy
Post # 13
I printing grayscale color response cards and was going to copy them off at work using the copier there does anyone know if a reguar copy machine can take card stock its Paper Weight is 90 lb
Post # 15
@Angelwinged: Not sure what kind of copier you have at work, but when I made color copies at Staples, there was a separate feeder at the side of the copier for thick paper, i think so that the paper can feed straighter through the copier, instead of having to “bend”. I was using 65 lb cardstock though. There were also different copy settings on their copier for the thicker paper.
Post # 16
@emstar168: awesome thank you I forgot about the side feeder it can do that cool thank you soo much