How to prevent ink from smearing on wedding invites

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cmaibauer says

For all of you ladies who make the beautiful wedding and shower invitations, how do you prevent the ink from smearing? I am trying to print some shower invites for my SIL on 110lb white cardstock and the ink smears all over even after sitting out for several hours.

Posted at 3:14pm Jan 8, 2009 EST


It could be the paper you use isn't absorbent, perhaps try different paper? Though I am curious to hear other ideas as well.

Posted at 3:18pm Jan 8, 2009 EST

cmaibauer says

The paper is Georgia Pacific for scrapbooking which is used for stamping and coloring with Copic markers.

Posted at 3:33pm Jan 8, 2009 EST

Piccolini says

Try some paper that is ment for inkjet printers and consider adding the patterned paper as a decoration. Not all papers work well on inkjet printers, even if they take other kinds of inks well. It may also depend on the printer you are using... the new dye inks are very resistent, the pigment inks are even better (basically waterproof), but only the new printers have them. :)

Hope it helps!

Posted at 3:51pm Jan 8, 2009 EST

cmaibauer says

Would anyone who prints invites for sale on Etsy be able
to tell me the best way to go about printing without smudging?

Posted at 7:05pm Jan 8, 2009 EST

maidavale says

Hi there --

Sometimes I try setting the paper type on "transparency" when running tricky paper through my inkjet. It should be under preferences in your printer dialogue window.

Good luck!

Posted at 12:18am Jan 9, 2009 EST

Copic marker paper can really be a hassle with inkjet ink. I use my printer to print lineart to color on it often. I find that I just need to be very careful when coloring. My suggestion is the same as others, unfortunatelt you may need to consider new paper. If not that, maybe sealant?

Posted at 12:20am Jan 9, 2009 EST

I print/make wedding invitations! An inkjet printer will smear if the ink gets wet (or even moist) EVERY TIME. I never use 'em. My black and white laser printer was really inexpensive at Office Max. So I usually design for black ink.

If you are working with color ink, I recommend finding a local mom and pop Kinko's type shop. I have one where I can actually talk to the owner and he knows his stuff.

You can see my work at if you like. Let me know if I can be of any help!

Posted at 12:24am Jan 9, 2009 EST

Inkjet printers, pigment or dye, generally must be used with papers made specifically for them or with papers that have been pre-coated with a commercial substance that allows it to become printable. (Sorry, I've used it before but for the life of me I can't remember the brand name - maybe a google search will help)

If you use the right type of paper for the right printer, many inkjet prints are not only smear free but completely waterproof. There are certain papers that if they are printed with an Epson 100% pigment inkset can be put through the dishwasher with no running! It's actually a factor of the paper, not the printer, and it's expensive paper too - probably not great for invites.

Red River Paper has great pre-scored cards and professional grade printing papers for inkjets so check them out. But one downside to pigment inkjets is that blacks will still sometimes rub off onto other pieces of paper if they are stacked together so dye is sometimes the best way to go for cards etc...

Posted at 7:12pm Jan 10, 2009 EST

I don't know if this will help, but it's a procedure long used by letterpress and offset printers. Talcum powder! I guess the only way to do it would be to print one sheet at a time and then lightly sprinkle the powder over each sheet and set it aside to dry.

Another way might be to use a hair dryer to dry each sheet.

The practicality of either of these will depend on how many invitations you're doing, and if you really want to use that particular paper.

Posted at 7:56pm Jan 10, 2009 EST