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    At DIYwedding.org we help you design & personalize your dream wedding. With this in mind we have designed all the stationery in our DIY Store as easily editable & printable templates which you can print at home. It’s “DIY Stationery With A Designer Touch” - Or if you prefer - “Designer stationery With YOUR DIY Touch”.

    It's brilliantly easy to use the templates - Just insert your personal text into the templates, print and cut to size. There is no need for special skills or expensive software to have fun with our templates - if you can work with a Word Document (or similar) you can use our editable templates and get creative!

    SO unleash your creativity, have fun and SAVE MONEY creating your own stationery in 3 simple Steps:

    Step 1) Insert you own text.
    Step 2) Choose text style & color.
    Step 3) Select card stock, print & cut to size. It's so easy!

    Don’t Know if your printer is up for the job? Don’t worry; we can supply all our templates for professional printing at no extra cost.

    Read all about printing & paper in our smart guide below.

    Printing At Home

    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

    Paper Color

    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.

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    Professional Printing

    Professional Printing Techniques & Styles

    Our Files & Your Professional Printer
    All the template files in The DIY Store has been designed to be printed at home but if you wish to have your stationery printed professionally then simply contact us and we will provide you with a high resolution PDF file for professional printing instead. So if you don't feel like printing your stationery at home you can always give your stationery files to a professional printer.

    There are plenty of great online printers that you can simply upload the file to, or pop it onto a USB stick and take it to your local printer or copy shop. A large choice of printing methods is available which you may wish to consider. The look and feel and the difference in price can be extreme. Here are a few of the most common professional printing methods...

    Digital Printing – Cost-Effective Flat Print
    Inexpensive and fast “on demand” printing with a short turn around. Many modern invitations etc are now produced with digital printing. Digital printing is now offered at an affordable price and you get better ink coverage, sharper images and more vivid colours than a home printer. You can also choose heavier weight card stock/papers. The text and image are printed onto the page at the same time. Digital printing has a higher cost per page than more traditional “offset printing/flat printing” methods but this price is usually offset by the cost saving in avoiding all the technical steps in between needed to make printing plates.

    Offset Printing – Flat Print
    A traditional and commonly used printing technique where a plate is made of each colour used then the ink is transferred to the paper, one colour at a time, and set to dry. Offset printing is very well suited for producing large volumes (commercial quantities) of consistent high quality prints at a cost-effective price. A variation of this process is thermography.

    Thermography – Cost-Effective Raised Print
    Simply put, thermography is a modern printing style and technique combining wet ink with a special powder creating a raised effect similar to that of traditional engraving. Thermography is therefore commonly used on wedding invitations, letterheads, business cards, greetings cards etc. Letterpress – Costly Raised Print Quality Letterpress is an involved, old form of printing which requires technical skill and competence. It is therefore also more costly than most other printing methods. In brief - A reverse raised surface (typically movable metal type or zinc plate) is coated with ink and pressed into a sheet of paper to produce a “positive” image. The physical impression onto the paper produces a beautifully defined and “richer” look than offset printing. Letterpress is particularly well suited for fine typography and is a class of its own for invitations, stationery etc.

    Not all printing processes described above will be appropriate for our template files in The DIY Store.

    If you are interested in using something other than home or digital professional printing, please talk to us before you buy any of our products so we can advise if the design you would like to purchase will work.

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