Our Files & Your Printer
All the template files in The DIY Store has been designed to be printed at home and most printers in a good condition will do the job. Our template files are all prepared as high resolution PDF files to achieve a crisp clear & professional printing result at home. To work with a PDF file all you need is Adobe Reader. Adobe Reader is installed on 99% of all new computers. If you don't have Adobe Reader it's free to download & install from the net. It's brilliantly easy to use all our templates - There is no need for special skills or expensive software to have get creative with any of our templates. If you can work with a Word Document (or similar) you can use our editable templates and achieve amazing results!
3 Home Printing Cost Factors
1 - Number of Prints
First and foremost your printing costs depend on how many copies you want to print. A fantastic thing about Home Printing is that you can make unlimited prints and that there are no “Minimum Orders” to consider. You just print to the number of copies you need. The number of copies you print will influence your other cost factors.
2 - Inks
The second cost you will have is ink. Designs with lots of color will use more ink than designs with less colors. Big blocks of solid dark color will use more ink. If your heart it set on a “heavy-ink-usage” stationery design the best idea is take your edited template to a professional printing store. They might be able to print your stationery cheaper than you will.
Most home printers now have separate ink cartridges for each colour. Separate ink cartridges are always better for ink usage as you can replace one ink cartridge as it runs out and don’t have to replace all your colors just because one color runs out.
Look up your printer’s ink’s “Page Yield” online to get an impression on how many pages you can print with a particular cartridge color. “Page Yield” is based on the manufacturer specifications and although the actual yield can vary depending on factors such as paper size, printer settings and how much content is printed onto each page it can still give you a good idea of the number of prints you can make with your cartridges. You will probably find that your “Page Yield” is somewhere between 200-500 pages per cartridge.
3 - Paper & Paper Size
The third cost you will have is of course the card stock/paper you choose to print on. To keep costs down, all our products (templates) in The DIY Store are supplied to fit onto sheets of letter sized paper (or A4 paper).
We fit a maximum number of any design onto one piece of Letter sized paper to keep your printing costs down. There are two good reasons for this. Firstly, generally smaller sized paper, such as a pre-cut postcard size, is more expensive per unit than standard letter sized paper. And secondly, a lot of our designs are designed to be printed right to the edge of the paper. A lot of home printers are not able to print to the edge which means if you buy pre-cut postcard sized paper, you would be left with a small white border around the edge. It's far easier to print a few designs onto a larger sheet and then trim.
All our designs will fit onto both letter sized paper and A4 paper, so regardless of where you live our designs should work on your printer.
A Few Practical Considerations
The most practical consideration when choosing paper/cardstock is whether or not you can print on it clearly. Remember, there is no such thing as white ink, if you see white in a design that is simply an area where there is nothing printed at all. We always recommend printing on white or off white paper which is luckily often less expensive too. None of our template designs require special colored papers; It’s all in the design and file.
Paper Style & Weight
Before you buy your paper/card stock get to know your printer. What kind of printer do you have? Is it a laser (using toner) or an inkjet printer (using ink)? Most home printers now are inkjet printers. What is the maximum weight for paper or card stock you can print on? Does it have a second paper feed path so it doesn’t bend your card stock?
There is a wide range of paper choice out there from i.e. plain white, high gloss, recycled, textured effects etc. The choice is all up to you but remember dark colored paper/cardstock or highly decorative patterns are unsuitable to print on as you simply won’t be able to see the printed text or design clearly. We highly recommend using a good quality heavier-weight paper/cardstock for all stationery. For a single-layer invitation (a “flat card”) a heavier card stock around 140-200lbs. is perfect, that's about 220-300gsm (grams per square meter).
Make sure your printer can print on heavier types of paper and check the labelling on the paper/cardstock to see the recommended printer before you buy it. Source your paper/cardstock at art & craft shops and office supply stores.
If you have any questions about printing our stationery please contact us - we are happy to help.