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
1. How do I download the tags? Most printable tags come as jpeg or pdf. You can open the PDF into the PDF viewer (this comes on most computers). If not, you can download Adobe reader for free here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/ or open the jpeg into a software program of your choice. I sell both instant download tags and tags with personalized text here
2. What type of paper should I use? No matter the tag’s color and design, I recommend printing onto white paper so the images on your tag retain their integrity. When choosing the type of paper to use for your inkjet printer, I find that it is best to use paper from your printer’s manufacturer. Because I use an Epson 1430 to print my projects, I personally use Epson matte premium heavyweight presentation paper. It is designed for printing photos as well as text and I find that the colors are most vibrant when using this paper. This is a 45 lb weight paper. I find it is what I use 90% of the time when I print my own personal tags.
3. I need thicker paper! Can I use 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. I find it is difficult to find in stores, so I purchase this one . If I need a stiff card stock, this is a good option it is called Accent Opaque. It comes in different weights. I use the 110lb and 120lb card stock. I wrote a blog article specifically about the Accent Opaque card stock. You can read it here.
4. Can I use sticker paper? If you want to print out the tags onto sticker paper, here is an Avery sticker paper. I like to use this paper when I want to add a tag to a candy buffet paper bag. I prefer to print my tags onto a full 8.5×11 sticker sheet and then trim with scissors or a paper cutter.
5. Why does my final print have a white border? 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 your 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.
6. I need further help with my home printer. I have written a blog article with more detailed printing suggestions and tips.
When you find a combination that works for you, keep that paper in stock AND write down the printer settings (write it directly on paper packaging). This way, if months pass between printing projects, you will not have to rely on your memory or start over from scratch! I always like to keep my favorite papers in stock for all those last minute projects.
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.
Please do not let these instructions overwhelm you! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
Cheers, Brigitte Baer