Choose your paper or card
Paper choice is very important as the final look of your stationery will be affected depending on the colour, texture and thickness. A thicker paper stock will give a better quality feel while kraft paper will give a rustic feel to the invite.
Tip: It might be a good idea to get a few sample sheets of different papers to test out and find out which one suits the design best.
Some printers can only handle paper up to a certain thickness so please check this out in your printer’s specifications before you make an expensive paper purchase. Do a test print on your chosen paper to make sure your printer doesn’t jam.
If you are using a copy shop or professional printer check with them to see if they can supply the card/paper or if you need to take in your own.
Tip: All our templates are set up on either an A4 sheet, or on US paper size of 8.5 x 11, depending on which size option you have purchased.
Choose your envelopes
There is a wide range of envelopes available online at affordable prices. Make sure you buy the correct size for your chosen invitation, thank you or save the date; the size for each template is shown on the page.
You could choose to match the colour of the envelope to the colour of the design, or for a more classic look match to the colour of the paper used.
Tip: If you choose a dark coloured envelope you may need to use address labels, or a white, silver or gold gel pen.
Printing your stationery at home
1 Open your pdf in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download here.
2 Make sure your ink tanks are full and that you have spare inks at the ready.
3 Put your print settings on the highest quality and slowest print speed; select the paper size if there is an option; select the appropriate paper /card type (eg matte); size needs to be same size or 100% and not ‘scale to fit’.
4 Put your chosen paper / card in the correct tray. If you are using a thicker card this may be a manual feed tray. Please check your printer’s specifications.
5 Print out one test sheet first, measure it to make sure it’s the correct size. If you are happy with everything, print your stationery.
Tip: The prints are not waterproof and the ink will smudge if you drop any form of liquid onto them, so keep everything clean and dry.
Tip: The printed colours from start to finish may vary very slightly as your ink tanks deplete, make sure you change your ink cartridges when prompted.
Tip: If you click ‘scale to fit’ it will either print out too small or too large depending on your paper size.
Printing your stationery at a copy shop or at a professional printer
Take the final pdf file (which we send to you via email) to the printer on a USB drive, or a CD. Please get them to run a test print first. Once you are happy then they can print all your stationery.
They may also offer a trimming /guillotine service.
Tip: It’s a good idea to get a few extra copies printed at this stage in case you need them as it will be more expensive if you take the file back for extras at a later date due to set up fees.
Trimming your stationery
If you are trimming the stationery yourself do this by using a cutting mat, a craft knife and a steel ruler. Make sure the blade is sharp and have some spare ones handy as paper will blunt the blade quickly. Use the trim marks on the sheet, do not cut the sides off completely as you will lose your trim marks. The guides on the cutting mat will help you keep your stationery in position.
The other option is to use a paper cutter/guillotine. Again use the trim marks to slice down each side.