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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Let's talk about printing sentiments

Hello friends

Today's post is hopefully going to answer a lot of messages I've received
asking how do I print my sentiments, what printer do I use, cardstock gsm etc?


I first opted to print sentiments when I realised I was a bad stamper!
I think I've improved a little with stamping but I tend to go
back to printing again and again.
My second reason was that I could print the exact wording I needed.
For example, the card above 'Wishing you a magical birthday'
I just did not have a stamp that said that.

Printers:

I've found Hewlett Packard printers work very well.
Important definitely select a printer that loads paper from the top.

At home I use a HP Deskjet 1000 - it is an old model so I occasionally
tap wood to ensure it lasts longer! 


In the cabin I use a HP Inkjet All In One printer,
this prints, scans and copies so very useful.


Each of these printers take the same cartridges, black and tri-colour.
I admit printer cartridges are not cheap and I do spend on average
£20 a month but I do a lot of printing, orders, kit instructions and more.

Cardstock:

99% of the time I use Papermill card which is 255gsm.
Card with texture (linen/hammered) prints very well as I believe
the printer roller can grip this more than smooth card.
What definitely does not work is pearlised card - believe me I've tried!
The texture is far too slippery and just will not feed 
(unless I manually push it into the printer...not really advisable!)

Fonts:

Again, most of the time I go back to my favourite fonts, these are -
Bell MT, Georgia, Engravers MT, Monterey BT and occasionally
good ol' Times New Roman.
I set up my document in 'Word' but if you haven't got Microsoft Office
it is fine to use WordPad too.  I type my wording and then apply
the font that I feel works well with the card design.
I type a full sheet of sentiments allowing enough gap between
to die cut.  This means I always have some spare, I keep them in a wallet.

The die I use is from A2 Matting Basics B,
the smallest narrow rectangular one.
We are hoping to get further stock of this die set soon :) 


So I think that sums up my sentiment strategy.
Hope it helps those who would like to print.


Take care friends - I'm back in my cabin today and most definitely
printing sentiments! 



2 comments:

hazel young said...

Beautiful card Christine and lovely tutorial on printing sentiments. I too print alot of my own sentiments, as you can write what you like and make the size to fit the card, which is so much more versatile than stamping. Have a great day x xhazel

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, Great information on printing sentiments. Sadly my printer won't entertain printing card, so I usually print onto 160 gsm and then adhere this to a thicker card. Where I find it exasperating is when I want to print from a CD for colouring etc, then I wish that my printer would print onto card.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

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