Post # 1
So I’d like to make my own invitations by printing out the text pages on a home printer (which I haven’t bought yet) and then using Paper-Source backings, envelopes etcetera. I would like to use something other than black ink but I’m worried that it would be really expensive to print 120+ invitations in color. Is it possible to replace the black ink cartridge with one color like brown or red to trick the printer into thinking it’s printing black and white?
Post # 3
Can you provide more information to help clarify what you’re hoping to do? I’m not sure why you wouldn’t design your invitations using a brown font. Or are you incorporating other elements like images or graphics, and want any black color to print out brown instead?
Post # 4
Hi Miya. Unfortunately, you won’t find a single color ink cartridge in a specific shade like you do black cartridges. Color inkjets produce color by combining inks (usually cyan, magenta, and yellow) in a specific ratio to produce the desired color. If you’re concerned about cost, you might just want to do some preliminary research on cartridge costs to help determine what printer you buy. Check out sites like PCWorld.com or Cnet.com for reviews and articles. Color printers are often pretty cheap because the companies make the bulk of their money in ink sales and ink costs can vary from company to company. If you anticipate using one color more heavily in your printing, it might be advantageous to buy an inkjet that uses a separate cartridge for each of the component colors (instead of one "color cartridge" that contains all the inks). That way if you’re using a lot of magenta (e.g., if you had red lettering), you can just replace the magenta cartridge. I’d also recommend stopping in at your local Kinko’s to get an estimate for color printing there–for 120 invites, you’d probably only need 60 or so pages printed (depending upon the size of your invite), and I’m pretty sure that Kinkos prints in color for under $1 a page.
Post # 5
I know my answer is coming a little late, but I hope it might still be useful… Unless you’re planning on buying a home/office printer anyway for use other than the wedding invitations, I would agree with Subee- call a local printing office, even Staples or Kinkos, and get a quote for your color print file. I’ve worked with one printer who prints on 12.5" x 19" paper (which he procures) and it costs 40 cents per page for color (digital printing only, paper costs not included). You can get five 5" x 7" invitations out of a sheet that size, so you’re looking at 8 cents each to print if that is the size invitation you’re planning. Plus, printers will charge a nominal cutting fee, which will save you lots of time and drama (and money, if you don’t already have the right equipment). Another perk of working with a local printer- they have access prettier paper than you can buy otherwise, and they get it at wholesale prices… 😉 Always good news.
Good luck- I hope they turn out great!