Buy your paper in 8.5×11 sheets (standard size for most paper). We can lay out your designs so several pieces fit onto one page.
Print it first, then cut to size. If you try to work with pre-cut cards, they may be difficult to feed through your printer (or if you’re sending them to the printing press, it will cost you more to print in separate pieces!).
Buy Extras! Buy about 20% more than you’ll need. This will keep you covered for misprints & mistakes and save you lots of frustration!
Buy Online. I actually prefer online vendors for purchasing card stock, envelopes and other materials because they tend to offer much better products than local craft stores.
Buy Samples First. Order samples of your card stock and test print your items before you order in large quantity. You’ll be able to tell right away if everything is working together with your printer, ink and colors on the materials you chose. Save time, money and frustration!
Choose the Correct Weight
Paper is sold in different weights (based on lb measurements). The paper weight you choose should be compatible with the type of printing you choose.
Standard Paper Weights:
Standard printer Paper 24 – 38lb
Card Stock 64 – 110lb
Anything up to 110# can usually be printed on a regular ink jet printer.Except for metallic paper, which does not print well on inkjet printers. (The ink will smear and not adhere to the paper correctly. Laser printers work best with metallic papers. Prior to printing any heavy card stock be sure to check online with the manufacturer of your printer to ensure you aren’t overloading your machine.
Card Stock over 110# should be printed on a press.
Highly textured or handmade paper may not turn out very well on regular printers. You’ll need to send your job to a letterpress printer.
For Perfect Colors use my color chart and print the chart on the printer and card stock you are using for your stationary to make sure the colors will come out perfectly