This blog post is written for my customers who have already purchased my printable tags and need printing tips, AND for those who are considering to purchase but need more direction. I have included some paper suggestions as well as links where to purchase those papers. There are many different paper options, but I have limited this post to the ones I have personally tried. Also, I have included samples of my tags, in case you want to practice printing first. Also, I sell my personalized tags in two sizes. If you do not know which size will work best for your project, I encourage you to download and print out this sheet. Trim the tags and attach to your party favor or gift bag to see which one works best. The tags used in the example can be ordered here
My tags come in both jpeg and pdf. Open the PDF into the PDF viewer (this comes on most computers). If not, you can download Adobe reader for free here or open the jpeg into a software program of your choice.
Always print my images on WHITE paper to retain the color quality. When choosing the type of paper to use for your inkjet printer, I find that it is best to use paper from the manufacturer of the printer you are using. I personally use Epson matte premium heavyweight presentation paper. Because it is designed for printing photos as well as text, I find that the colors are most vibrant when using this paper. This is a 45lb weight paper, which may not be thick enough for your needs. However, I find it is what I use 90% of the time when I print my own personal tags.
Prefer to work with card stock? The number one printing problem comes from customers who are trying to print onto CRAFT STORE card stock. I do not recommend this type of card stock as it is porous and can have a coating. These papers are commonly found in the scrapbooking sections of stores such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. Instead, look for inkjet or laser friendly card stock/cover paper online or at an office supply store. Here is one I have used from Staples. If I need a stiff cardstock, this is a pretty good option. This is 110lb card stock, however, the prints are not as vibrant as I prefer. I use it when I need something heavy and inexpensive such as a tag for a child’s classroom party.
If you want to print out the tags on sticker paper, here is an Avery sticker paper I like to use. This paper is a nice option when you want to add a tag to a candy buffet paper bag.
The most overlooked component of printing at home tends to come with the printer settings. Make sure to adjust the printer settings on your printer. This will vary based on the printer manufacturer. The majority of the time I use “BORDERLESS PRINTING” because I do not want the printer to shrink my image and to make sure there is not an additional white band added to the outer edge of my image. I always choose “BEST PHOTO”, even if I am not printing a photo (I find is best to treat the printable image as a photo). These settings are generally found under the advanced settings option. Make sure to choose the correct “PAPER TYPE” setting. When you are working with specialty papers, from Epson, Avery, etc., they enclose printer instructions which tell you which paper settings to use.
When you find a combination that works for you, keep that paper in stock AND write down the printer settings that you found successful (write it directly on the box). This way, if months pass between printing projects, you will not have to rely on your memory or start over from scratch! Since I like to order online, I always like to keep my favorite papers in stock.
If you prefer to send out your tags to be printed at Staples, Office Max, Kinkos, etc., they have a variety of paper finishes and paper weights to choose from. Should they ask, you have my permission to have Baer Design Studio tags printed by a professional printer.
If you would like to browse through my printable tag section on Etsy, you may do so here
If you have any other questions, you can send me a convo through Etsy or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you! Brigitte Baer of Baer Design Studio