VELLUM paper & SMUDGING!!!
Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:35 AM
This is probably going to seem like a really stupid post, but I'm currently working on my DIY invites...
The ink from my printer keeps smudging on the vellum paper! Is there some sort of spray/seal that will stop this? What the heck can I do? Even after drying for considerable periods of time (ie: overnight) some are still putting ink all over the place!
Posted 08 August 2008 - 11:21 AM
Posted 08 August 2008 - 02:04 PM
Posted 08 August 2008 - 02:18 PM
Avoid the thicker vellum when you are creating a layout. The thicker vellum is meant for cards or packaging of gifts.
Vellum in not absorbent. This is where the problem begins when wishing to print directly onto it. In addition, Vellum has different types of finished on it, depending on the type you have purchased. I know it often seems like wax is on my vellum, which is all dandy, but it makes the surface practically waterproof.
Once you print on to the Vellum you will have to allow it to dry for a fair bit. It needs to absorb into the paper and this is difficult with the Vellum because of the above mentioned reasons.
When you do print onto your Vellum, set the setting on your printer for Draft printing, Economy Printing, Fastest Printing, whatever it's called. You want the poorest quality ink because it is the least amount of ink, keeping the paper from not drying. Also keep in mind that the thinner lines on the font, the better your output will be. Those thick lined fonts use a lot of ink, creating more drying and a greater chance at smearing.
Another way to use the Vellum is to take a grocery bag or paper lunch bag and crumple it up. Lightly "sand" the vellum with the crumpled bag. Doing this before you try to print on it will help to break down the coating on the surface to allow the ink to penetrate and dry.
Posted 08 August 2008 - 02:22 PM
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Posted 08 August 2008 - 03:44 PM
Did you then place anything else in the invite, as protection between meeting sheets? I have visions of them leaving my house perfectly and turning up at their destination a big, black, inky mess!
Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:10 AM
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