|* Some papers will be better suited
to laser print or inkjet. Textured paper may not allow laser toner to
'set' in the grooves as the heat rollers can't reach the toner. Some
inkjet printers cannot print on translucent stock. We strongly recommend
making a test print first.
|* If you don't have a laser printer
and wish you did, consider making a master copy on your inkjet on plain
copy paper and then copying onto your good paper through a quality
photocopier. Clean the glass first!
|Finding the right font (type face)
|* Laser printers: Print your
invitation on a translucent overlay first then hold it over your stock to
check that the font suits the paper you've selected.
|* Inkjet printers: As some inkjet
printers won't print on acetate or translucent stock, print on white paper
and hold it over your stock whilst holding it up to a bright light. This
will give you some indication.
* Always check the 'print preview'
to see that your copy fits on the page and test by printing on a plain
sheet of paper, that is cut to size, before you print on your real
|* Make a mock up of each item
before printing the lot to ensure you get your measurements right and love
|* Get several other people to
"proof" your work before you print! Double check dates, phone numbers,
|* Never hit the print button before
you do a test print on the actual stock you intend to use! Even leave that
print overnight to check it still looks great after being left for a
while. And don't leave your printer running without monitoring it.
|Hand addressing your invitations
|* Practice before writing on your
invitations - preferably on the same stock as your invitations.
|* Try not to do the whole task in
the one hit - you'll get cramp in your hand! It takes longer than you
|* Make your hand addressing a
feature by using a fancy pen and nice handwriting. Ask a friend to do it
if necessary! Consider writing in a way that contrasts the font used for
the invitation. e.g. bigger, capitals, etc.
|*Suggested writing implements
(available from The Right Invite): These pens are great for all of our
stock - including vellum (translucent). When using gel pens, ensure ink is
dry before touching or stacking.
Mitsubishi Uni-Ball Noble Metal.
Write slowly to ensure consistent coverage.
Staedler Permanent Fine or SuperFine
(Commonly used as overhead projector marker)
|*Centering guest name on invitation
on vellum overlay: First, write name on lined, scrap paper. Fold in half
and hold up to light to determine centre of the guest name. Mark centre
point. Place under vellum and position so that name is centred Simply
trace over your initial writing.
|* Some ribbons will crease more
easily than others - organza seems to 'bounce back' well.
|* To find how much ribbon you will
need, tie one bow then untie it and measure how much ribbon it used, then
just multiply by the number you need. You'll need a longer length for
|* Cut your ribbon on a sharp
diagonal to facilitate passing through the holes. You may need to trim a
little after the bow is tied as the ribbon tends to fray as it is pulled
through the holes.
|* Be aware that some larger letters
may cost more to send. Look for the "POP" code which means Post Office
Preferred and is therefore charged at the base rate.
|* If you are doing anything a
little out of the ordinary with your invitations, make one and send it to
yourself first to see what state it arrives in! Plaster decals and the
like have a habit of getting crushed in postal machinery, however you can
ask that your mail be hand-sorted which, although is no guarantee, will
give them better chance of survival!
|* Write 'Card only' on the top,
left hand corner of overseas invites. You'll get a better postal rate as
long as they weigh no more than 50g.
|* Always put a return address on
your invitations. Australia Post cannot return an undeliverable article if
there is no return address. Imagine how embarrassing it would be to have
some guests not receive their invitation!