Choosing a printable option for your stationery gives you the freedom to choose the printing method that best suits your needs and adds a fun DIY dynamic to your event. Below is a brief overview of the different ways you can have your cards printed.
▶ USING YOUR HOME PRINTER
If you have the means, printing at home generally gives you the most hands on involvement and can be the most budget-friendly option. You have the freedom to select and test print on various paper styles to find the look you like best. When printing from home, be sure that your printer is set to the highest quality setting and that you choose the "no scaling" option. With this option, your high resolution files will be set up to fit multiple cards per letter page with trim guides around each card for more efficient printing.
When printing at home, you will likely need access to the following materials:
• Computer & high quality color printer
• 8.5 x 11 inch or A4 card stock (see more paper tips below)
• Scissors, paper cutter or X-acto knife for trimming
Please note that designs with full color backgrounds can use quite some ink, so don't forget to factor in this expense as well if you choose to print from home.
▶ PRINTING THROUGH A LOCAL COPY CENTER
If you do not have the materials or time to invest in printing yourself, printing through a local copy center may be a quick and affordable alternative. It is recommended to request a test print of your design to check colors and paper quality prior to committing to a full order.
▶ USING AN ONLINE PRINTING COMPANY
Online printing companies vary greatly in their preferred file set up so please communicate your online printer of choice prior to approval. Please note that not all online printing companies offer the same card sizes as those in your set, so format change fees may apply if the templates need to be adapted.
CAN I DO LETTERPRESS OR GOLD FOIL STAMPING?
MyCrayons designs are set up for digital printing. If you plan to use any special printing methods (letterpress, gold foil stamping, etc.), please communicate this prior to purchase. Additional file set-up charges may apply.
HOW CAN I BE SURE MY COLORS WILL PRINT CORRECTLY?
Because an on-screen proof cannot perfectly match the color and density of a printed card, it is recommended to do a test print before placing a full order whenever possible to ensure color accuracy. Although usually minimal, color variation can occur due to differences in monitor calibration, the device on which it is viewed, printer quality and the paper on which a design is printed. By purchasing with MyCrayons, you are agreeing to this limitation.
WHAT KIND OF PAPER SHOULD I USE?
For invitation sets, save the dates and other stationery, an uncoated bright white card stock is recommended for best color results. Light colored or kraft paper may be used for designs with a white background and darker design elements. A paper weight between 80 - 130 lb cover (approximately 220 - 350g) is recommended for most designs. Choosing printable stationery gives you the freedom to experiment with different weights and finishes to find the look you like best.
WHAT IF THE BACKGROUND IS COLORED?
If a design has a colored background on screen, this means it is part of the design and should be printed on white (not colored) paper. If you plan to use a colored card stock other than white/ivory, please communicate this upfront.
HOW DO I TRIM MY CARDS OUT?
Trim guides (or crop marks) are included on printable stationery around the corners of each card so you know where to cut them out. These guides work best with a paper cutter or X-acto knife. However, if using scissors, I recommend first using a straight edge to make a very light pencil line along the edges before cutting.
For favor tags and labels, you may also use a circle, square or flourish punch in the appropriate size to cut out your tags.