There are a lot of printables out there, and of course you know that I love making them. A couple of years ago, I was so excited because I got a color laser printer. I thought that it would make my printing everything I wanted it to be...but there was a problem. My laser printer won't print on card stock. Not even the thin kind. I mean, it prints it, but the toner flakes off. Grr.
No card stock?!? How am I supposed to make all of the wonderful printable things that I enjoy so much?!?
But then, an idea. And not only does it give me things printed on card stock, but it makes those things stronger than if I had just printed on 60 or 80 lb. stock. I'm going to warn you...this adds more work. And it works best when you can go outside. Now, here's my secret weapon:
Spray mount. This is an amazing item, and I sort of have a love/hate relationship with it. I love what it can do. Everything it holds looks so professional. But I hate that it smells horrible and has a super-sticky over spray. Washing your hands doesn't get this stuff off. Still, it is the solution I needed for my printing woes.
Here's what I do. I print my items on regular, nice paper. As thick as my printer will handle. Then I take a sheet of thick card stock (110 lb. is great).
I head outside and lay my card stock down, then give it a light mist of spray mount. Yes, I'm spraying this in the grass...it holds the stock up nicely. Covering an area with newspaper also works, but you have to make sure that if you're spraying more than one sheet that you lay it down in the exact same spot as the first. Otherwise you'll have a sticky backside (of the card stock...you silly).
Lay the printed page on top of the sprayed card stock, and smooth it out. You have to work kind of quickly, but it's not a big rush.
Most of the time with things like this, I'm going to be trimming them afterward, so I'm not too fussy about getting the edges exact.
Then I can cut out my items and have them be nice and strong.
The thicker your paper and card stock, the better. I haven't tried it, but I have a feeling that you could print on label sheets if you wanted to avoid the spray mount. Although, that would get more expensive. The point is, the doubling up makes a huge difference!
I do this for my bobbins, calling cards, recipe cards...all kinds of things. Now you know the secret for printing on stiff, thick stock!