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My fiance and I went to a party store and picked out our invitations today. They are from a book by Artco. They are blank and you can print on them yourself. The problem is, I'm not sure whether we can use our laser printer to print on them. They have a layer of vellum and a bright white card with an embossed silver border. We want to print our picture on the white card, but we're not sure if it can go through the laser printer without ruining the embossing. We also aren't sure if the vellum can go through the printer without being melted. Unfortunately, I don't know the paper weight for the vellum or the background card, but I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this? i can't find anything on artco unprinted invites. The only references to laser printers I have is on web sites selling vellum paper that is compatible, but I have no idea if the stuff we are considering would be compatible. The manager of the store we went to won't be in until Monday, but I am impatient and want to find out ASAP whether we can use the invites. We could use an inkjet printer, but we think they will come out nicer if we are able to use our laser printer.


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Feb. 12th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
You need to take it to a print shop, vellum paper needs to be entered a certain way and I'm pretty sure you can't do it yourself. Your best bet is to take a template to a professional and let them print out your invites, otherwise they'll be 99% ruined.
Feb. 12th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
Are you sure? From what I was reading on the web, it sounded like you could print on vellum yourself as long as you use the right type of vellum and as long as you use a laser printer. I know there are ladies on here who have done vellum with their invites and I'm wondering how it was done. I don't really want to go to a print shop because they overcharge big time for their services.
Feb. 12th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
Vellum is really tricky, if you don't do it the right way you can really mess it up...doing it yourself is a huge risk w/ vellum. Either you need a REALLY good professional-quality printer, or you need to take it somewhere. My sister is a graphic designer and has to take most of her work that uses vellum to a professional printer because it's too much of a risk to run it through her printer even though it's a decent printer.
Feb. 12th, 2006 08:35 am (UTC)
My mom got a tiny piece of vellum jammed in her printer once... it sucked, because it kept telling her she had a paper jam and couldn't locate it.

Vellum is VERY tricky. I'm not even incorporating it in our DIY invitations.
Feb. 12th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
i did all of my invites that way...downside, you have to hand feed each sheet.

but mine turned out just great...just takes a little longer to dry.
Feb. 12th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
You can print on the vellum that they sell at Michaels with a laser printer - we were successful in doing so. What's more you can print on it with a traditional inkjet and you can't tell the difference. FH brought home a laser printer from work and when it went on the fritz after 10 sheets of vellum we decided to give the inkjet a shot. We did need to let the ink dry overnight, but after that it was virtually impossible to tell what was laser and what was inkjet.

I would only recommend using black ink though.
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
most vellum sold on pre-assembled invited has a grain that you can print on from your home printer. a laserjet is normally best (because the ink is powder based and will dry immediatly) but an inkjet works just fine (i print on all kinds of vellum from an inkjet at my job... some inkjets just take much longer to dry on vellum. you might have to let them dry, untouched, for a couple of hours just to make sure there will be no smudging on your pretty, pretty invites!)

embossed cardstock:
unless the embossing is *really* deep... and i doubt that it's deep enough to damage your printer.. it should be fine to run through your machine.

also, keep in mind that these invites are sold blank... meaning they're likely made to spec to run through a home printer.

good luck :-)
Feb. 12th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
You can do it, I did my Save-the-Date cards recently. I got a piece stuck in my printer by trying to feed the page in at the last minute (my bad)but got it out, and after that there were no drawbacks. One thing you need to be aware of, is that the ink doesn't dry as quickly as regular paper. I would carefully remove each page before the next one drops on top of it, because it will smear easily.

Feb. 12th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
with a lazer printer you can only print on certian paper. i am sure that you can take them some where to get them done.
Feb. 12th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
If it's sold as a print-it-yourself kit, then it should be printable on any type of printer.

You will probably want to feed it through one sheet at a time and (depending on how thick/stiff it is), use an envelope mode if your printer is the kind that bends the paper around to send it back out (usually you open a little chute in the back and it sends the paper straight through). Same goes for the embossed cardstock - I'd be more concerned about it getting bent from wrapping around than I would about the embossing getting smooshed. We used cards with a raised section (not embossed), and you couldn't tell at all that they had gone through the laser printer (I used the big one at my office, which sends the paper straight across and doesn't bend it).
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