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Printing Blank Invitation Cards With Your Computer & Printer
You Can Print Invitations at Home!
Some of the most popular customer questions have to do with printing wedding invitations and blank cards at home. Most people are perfectly comfortable printing 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper but feel anxious about printing on different sized sheets and card stock, like an invitation card.
We're here to assure you that printing invitations at home can actually be quite simple because most home printers are fully capable of printing different paper sizes. In this printing video, we'll clearly explain the 5 steps to printing invitation cards at home.
1 - Measure to Identify the Dimensions of Your Card
Start by using a ruler to measure the height and the width of the card you are printing.
You will need to know the dimensions of your card for two reasons:
- to make a correctly sized print template
- to enter into a custom size field in your print driver when you are ready to print
2 - Create a Printing Template Sized to the Dimensions of Your Card
Create your printing template using your favorite page layout or word processing program such as Microsoft Word.
- Open up the program and create a new document
- Locate the page set up area and a custom dimensions field
- Enter the width and height of your card
The document on the screen now matches the measurements of your invitation card and you are ready to type in and format your wording.
Note: In the video learn tricks and shortcuts like using free, downloadable Microsoft Word printing templates.
3 - Load Card in Paper Tray & Adjust Plastic Guide(s)
When your invitation card document appears on screen how you would like it to print out, load a single card into the manual feed tray of your printer as a test.
Note: Depending on the make and model of your printer, and whether it is a laser or an ink jet, the location of your tray will vary.
Adjust the plastic guides so that the card fits securely in the tray.
4 - In Printer Driver, Change Paper Size from 8 1/2 x 11 to Your Card Size
In this step, you will be communicating to your print driver that you are printing on a custom sized card, not a standard 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of copy paper.
Every print driver is different, but just poke around the properties of your print driver until you find a place to enter custom dimensions.
In most cases, this will be under a menu labeled something along the lines of paper size, paper handling, or quality and media.
5 - Print One Card as a Test
If your test print was successful, you can print the entire run.
We recommend loading no more than 20 cards into your printer at a time. When that batch has printed, the printer will pause and you can load another batch.
Now Go and Have Fun Printing!
After you try this method, it will become second nature. You'll find that you are able to print a wide variety of card sizes and in many cases, depending on your printer, those cards can be as small as a response card and as large as a tri-fold invitation. Enjoy the new skill you've learned!
Hear What People Say About This Tutorial!
I was struggling to find an inexpensive way to do my own programs, this really helps a great deal and even though it should be me and my bridesmaid doing them, it has been an enjoyable experience for me and my fiancé. This website is a lifesaver indeed. This will make our day even that more special.
Thank you so much I was finally able to print out my daughters sweet 16 invitations after 3days of wasting paper and ink. I purchased my invites elsewhere and they were no help at all. I know where to go next time.
What envelope size fits an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet folded in half?
An 8 1/2 x 11 folded in half measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (an A9 folder). Our A9 - 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 envelopes are the proper fit.
Can you recommend a thick card stock for printing greeting cards on an inkjet printer?
For a matte finish card stock we would recommend the LCI Brand blank cards which will range in weight from 65lb / 176gsm to 120lb / 325gsm card stock. Our recommendation would be the 100lb or 270gsm weight which is suitable for most home inkjet or laser printers. To best decide, order samples of each of the weights and test through your printer.
What do the terms debossed and embossed mean?
In several of our item descriptions, you will notice the words debossed and embossed. For example, many of our cards feature embossed designs and borders, or debossed panels. Where the words debossed and embossed are so similar, many people find themselves confused by their meanings, and may wonder exactly what their invitation cards will look and feel like.
Embossed Stated simply, embossed means that the card features a design, pattern, or border that is slightly raised. Essentially, when you run your hand over a card with an embossed design, it will not feel flat to the touch, as the raised design will be apparent.
Debossed Conversely, a debossed design is one that sits slightly lower than the rest of the card. Cards with debossment do not feel flat to the touch either, as you are able to feel the dip of the design into the card. For example, all of the blank panel cards we carry feature a debossed panel that sits slightly lower in the center of the card. The debossed panel creates a subtle, elegant frame for your invitation wording.
Are your folded cards pre-scored?
Yes all of our folded blank cards are pre-scored. Blank cards are delivered flat, and open for printing and pre-scored for easy folding afterwards.
Can you recommend a textured white blank card for wedding invitations?
We have four different brands of textured blank cards for wedding invitations, all available in bright and soft whites:
- Gmund Colors Blank Cards - A subtle toothy texture similar to an eggshell. Try wedding white and lac smooth.
- LCI Linen Blank Cards - A traditional, subtle linen finish available in bright arctic white and soft natural white.
- Gmund Vice Versa Blank Cards - These cards feature a prominent ribbed texture. Try albus, wedding white, or lac.
- Gmund Savanna Wood Grain Blank Cards - Featuring an exotic and defined wood grain texture available in Limba, a bright white.