Post # 1
I need help!
I ordered 200 4 bar and 200 A7 Stardream envelopes in Rose Quarts. Beautiful color, matches perfectly with everything.
To save money, I decided to print on them with my inkjet printer (I used an HPC4280) and they smudge with the slightest bit of moisture, such as on the hands. They have dried thoroughly and it still happens. I’m starting to regret using this printer and these envelopes and wonder if it would have been different had I used my Canon Pixma MP530 downstairs instead. I’m sure that normal envelopes would not have done this and I only blame myself for not having done the research as I am reading about this problem with other people as well.
I’ve tried the hairspray method per Mrs. Blueberry’s recommendation (I think it was her…) and it helps, but it still smudges under certain circumstances.
Short of tossing out all these envelopes (the waste of $!) and going out to get new, boring ones..What do you recommend?
I thought of sticking tape over the text. Is this crazy? For sure, not very attractive….
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Instead of tape, you could maybe use the clear address labels. If they’re not big enough, they may make larger sizes or even full sheets of clear labels for you to cut down to the size you need. They would probably look alot neater than tape.
On another note, I don’t know how the Canon would have worked, but I do know that LaserJet printers print just fine on Stardream paper. I used one for my save the dates and programs on Stardream. But even still, I found it best to print in small batches because if you try to print too much at once, when the printer starts getting warm the ink starts skipping a little bit on the SD paper.
HTH! Good luck!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2018 - Ceremony at Crissy Field and Reception at the Green Room
I used to work at Paper Source, and the inkjet just won’t work. :-/ It works with a laser printer…maybe take them to Kinkos?
Post # 5
Hello, (sorry this got a little long)
I used to work and my Fiance still works at a company called xpedx Paper & Graphics. You really should have used a laser printer!!! My suggestion would be to used the address labels to put over the print and see if that helps. But you need to make sure you get ones that are CLEAR and not translusent. The translusent ones have a little bit of a yellowish tint to them, and I’m not sure they would look all that great. If the typical address size (Avery 5160) is not big enough, they do make bigger sizes that won’t look to bad.
If all else fails- I do know that xpedx stores do carry a lot of envelopes in those sizes. Also, I don’t know what your deadline is for having these, but some of the stores do carry those envlopes in that color in that size. If they don’t have enough, they can pull from another store’s stock and have them to you next day. The store’s are called different names depending on where in the country your at. But I’d be happy to help you find what you need if you tell me where at in the country you live.
Post # 6
Don’t throw away the envelopes…
I would recommened using Martha Stewart Wraparound labels. They look really cute. Just make sure they are wide enough to cover the printed address.
Original Martha Article:
Templates from the Hive:
Post # 7
Gocco it! I’ve used this paper series and you’re right- it’s beautiful, but printers just dont work on it! The gocco ink looks AMAZING on this paper…. honestly! I think I used white on this color…. heres a sample of one of the projects
Post # 8
My experience seems to be different with Stardream paper… just last night I was playing with it.
I had planned on using my LaserJet printer (HP 1020) to put the envelopes (Stardream copper) through to put addresses on. When I tried it, the ink was dry immediately but it was as if it was just sitting on top of the envelope and started flaking off! Even if I just brushed my fingers across the lettering, some would come off–no good!
So I tried my InkJet (a HP C6280) and it works–it does come out of the printer slightly wet looking–I dared not touch it until it seemed good and dry though. That worked for me. So I guess I’m planning on putting them thru the InkJet instead which seems to be the opposite of what people here are saying…
I’m confused! 🙂
Post # 9
I just wanted to agree with vailbride on her suggestion of the wrap-arounds as a solution for the OP–they do look lovely!
Post # 10
You could try the professional version of the "hairspray" thing – get some aerosol "fixative" from an art store. Artist use it to "seal" charcoal, pastels and graphite – it might save you from re-doing it all. Should be about $7 a can. Krylon makes a good one. Get Matte.