How do Printables Work?
What is a Printable?
Do I need special software to use Printables?
Can I add my own text to the files?
Do I need a PC or a Mac?
Can I download and print from my phone or tablet?
Will my files expire?
Can I print as many copies as I want?
How do I download my files?
What is the best way to print files?
What kind of paper should I use?
The type of paper you use depend on the item you are creating. Keep in mind, the more high quality the paper, the better the results will be. Not all white paper is created equal!
- Regular printer paper: basic paper works great for anything needing to be wrapped. It’s more flexible than cardstock and is readily available.
- White card stock: A thicker, heavier paper to use for favor tags, place cards, boxes and other items that need to be more sturdy.
- Matte photo paper (upgrade from white card stock): A high-quality paper that gives good results for at-home printing. It’s particularly good for invitations that include pictures.
- Glossy photo paper: If you want a glossy finish on your invitation, use glossy photo paper.
- Full sheet label paper: Turn any printable into a sticker by printing on uncut sticker stock. This is great for nugget wrappers, kiss stickers, candy bar wrappers, and anything you would rather have as a sticker.
What size paper do I print to?
Can I use my inkjet printer?
How do I print an invitation?
You have a few options when printing invitations.
Develop as a photo: Your invitation file is a .jpeg so it works just like photos from your camera. Send your file to any photo lab such as Walgreens, Target, Walmart, or Sam’s Club, and have it developed as a 5″x7″ photograph. *Invitations come formatted ready to use this way*
Print on paper: If you plan to print on paper you will need to let us know so we can set up the printable file for you to print 2 per sheet for 5 X 7, 3 to a sheet for 4 X 6. You can then print them from home, or have your local office supply store print them. Then you will need to cut them out if you choose to do it this way.
If you develop as a photo, you could use a corner rounder punch to add a little extra touch to the invitation. Most photo labs print glossy photos, so if you want a more matte finish then you would want to choose to print on paper. You also have more options with paper type if you print on paper. You can get thicker cardstock, or even cardstock with some shimmer to it. It’s really a matter of personal preference. Depending on where you would print, the cost is usually comparable.
Can I print your printables onto Avery templates to make stickers?
Unfortunately no. Printables are to be printed onto uncut sticker stock and cut out or punched out. You can find uncut sticker stock at your local office supply stores – look for 8.5″x11″ shipping labels. It is too difficult to make sure they line up on the labels correctly from my computer to yours. If you are savvy with creating on Avery labels we can send you the individual file for you to set up the template yourself. But to make it easier on everyone you should plan on printing onto full sheet sticker paper.
*Please keep in mind that all images are high resolution files – however, print quality and colors may vary depending on your printer settings, monitor calibration, ink quality, paper and printer quality. For the most dependable and beautiful print results consider having your file printed at a copy store on a color laser printer. A-Manda Creation prints all examples of items seen in the store at our local Office store.
What’s the best way to cut out items?
For straight edged items our favorite tool is a paper trimmer with cutting blade and a scoring blade. You can find all sorts of cutting tools at your local craft store.
Other options include using a metal ruler with an X-Acto knife on top of a self healing cutting mat, or you can use a chopping type paper cutter if that’s what you have.
It is recommended to use one of these methods for any straight edged items, you can always use scissors, but you will get a much straighter line if you use one of the above mentioned tools.
For items with curves, good old scissors are the best. Make sure you have a nice high quality pair of scissors. It’s great to have a pair of small scissors to help with detailed cutting.
You can also use your silhouette cameo to cut out items if you know how to use the print and cut feature.
Paper punches also come in handy for our party circles (2 inch punch) and kiss stickers (3/4 inch punch) You may also like to use a corner rounding punch to soften the edges on invitations.
Can I print on pre-punched Avery labels?
No. All files are set up to be printed to uncut paper or sticker stock.
How do I cut out party circles?
Use a 2″ craft punch. You can buy a craft punch at any craft store in the scrapbooking department. There are lots of brands to choose from and all of them will work the same way. You can also use your straight edge cutter and cut them to leave them square.
I can’t figure out how to download my items.
I have a great detailed photo tutorial on how to access your files HERE.
When I open my file it doesn’t give me the option to print.
The most common reason for this is that the file is still in .zip format. You must unzip the file before your computer can allow you to print it. For detailed instructions on how to unzip a file you can check out this photo tutorial HERE.
My files are printing smaller than actual size.
Double check your printer settings and make sure you have 8.5 X 11 selected as your paper size. You also may not be printing at 100% scale. When you print, be sure to set “Page Scaling” to “None” in your print window.
The colors from my inkjet printer are not as bright as I want.
Remember that when you are viewing items on a computer screen there is light coming from behind them. Items will always look brighter and more vibrant on the screen. Things that improve print quality at home are paper type and printer settings. Try using a more high quality paper such as ultrasmooth white cardstock or matte photo paper. Adjust your printer settings to fine print or best photo. Also consider having your items printed at your local office supply store for the most dependable, highest quality print.
I don’t see the answer to my question here.
We are always adding to and modifying all of our tutorials to help you the best we can. If you do not see an answer to your question do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.