(Closed) Who else is using kits from Michael’s for invites?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sorry to hear they’re such a pain 🙁  I don’t have any experience with them…but I’ve been warned away by my girlfriend who does.  She said they’re a big hassle and she doesn’t even know if she saved much money in the end!

Anyways, on the bright side, I’m sure they’ll look beautiful because hers did!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Are you giving them time to dry?  Some papers will smudge easily when right out of the printer.  If you give them some drying time, they’ll smudge less.  What type of paper is it? 

You might be able to adjust your printing settings to reduce the smudging.  Perhaps if you changed it to print in “draft” format (or whatever settings your printer comes with), it would use less ink and be less smudgy?

Sorry that you’re having problems 🙁

Post # 5
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Oh no! We considered them because they’re beautiful, but we ended up making our own.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I used them but printed on velum at an office supply store. That only cost $30 more for 100 invites and saved us a ton of headache. We cut the velum to size and attached to the Michaels invites with a ribbon. Very time consuming but that should be expected with any DIY project.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It’s called spray fixative. We used it in art school to spray our charcoal drawings to keep them from smudging. It works pretty well.

It might work on the invites but definately give it a test run first.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I got mine at Michael’s and did them. Only cost $15!!!  I did not have the ink problem though.  I hope yours work out!!!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I loved mine and didn’t have any problems at all!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I got mine from Target, not Michaels, but had a similar problem on my printer, but when I switched to a work printer (both laser), it worked just fine and didn’t smudge.  Is there another printer you can try?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Shoot, this post is scaring me. I’m using some from Michael’s and haven’t tested them yet. Guess I’m going to have to run one through the printer tonight and see what happens.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I bought some and then when we took them out and really looked at them I realized that they were all different colors and were printed weird. I ended up returning them and ordered DIY pocket folds online. It was about $50 more but it seems to be worth it.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was planning on it but now I’m scared to…

Post # 16
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Newbee

I used black and white invites from Michael’s and there was massive smudging, but I did not realize it until I saw invites at friend and family members homes after they were sent! I was able to realize it was NOT the ink that was smudging, but the inside flap (that was black) that then rubbed onto the white invitation. Very frustrating, but nothing I knew about until after they were sent! In hindsigh, I should have put a piece of tissue paper between the invite and the flap…but I thought that was very ‘outdated’ and skipped the step.

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