How to Print Invitations from a Digital File

Remember I asked you for opinions about Batman party invitations for S’s 5th birthday? Thanks for all of your input! Of course, I ended up choosing yet another invitation, from the Etsy shop My Pretty Printables. But I always get a little nervous about ordering a digital design that I’ll have to print myself, and from my own Google searches it seems that others are, too. So I thought I’d walk you through the process.

First, I bought a customized version of this Superhero II Birthday Party Invitation for $15. I liked the Pop Art-style and the fact that I could customize S’s eye color and initial.

Once I received the finished design, I uploaded it to Snapfish, where they offer cardstock stationery cards (I didn’t want floppy photo paper for the invites). I needed a full-photo, vertically oriented 5 x 7 card for my design, which I uploaded as if it were a photo itself. They arrived very quickly from Snapfish. Another site where you can do a similar upload is Vista Print, but they didn’t have the vertical 5 x 7 layout that I needed.

My Snapfish invitations arrived with matching white envelopes, but I wanted something a little more colorful, so I ordered solid color 5 x 7 envelopes from a site called Invitation Outlet.

I also ordered these sheets of Superhero Stickers ($1.99 for 4 sheets) from Birthday Express so I could decorate the envelopes, too.

And for the finishing touch, I used Neon Celebrate! (Forever) Stamps ($.44 each) from USPS.com.

Easy peasy and they turned out so cute! I’m curious…what do you generally do for your children’s birthday party invitations? Do you buy fill-in invites from a store? Order personalized invitations online? Or are you an Evite person? Let me know in the comments.

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7 Responses to How to Print Invitations from a Digital File

  1. Proudmommy says:

    How exactly did you print your invites out? I only ask because I too ordered invites from Etsy for my daughters birthday and found this article. When I went on snapfish I couldn’t figure out how to order my invites on card stock.

  2. mymomshops says:

    Whoops- I meant on Snapfish. Though actually if you go to any of those photo card sites- Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc…just look for the plainest possible card (no design or border) that allows a full bleed of a photo of design. That way, only your design will appear as the front of the card.

  3. Bea says:

    Tiny Prints has a blank design, too. Just search for “Picture of Pride.” Mpix let’s you do it if you just go to “DIY.”

  4. kathryn norman says:

    I must be missing something. I can’t find a plain card to upload my picture to. Tinyprints option was like $2 a card and that’s too pricey for me.

  5. mymomshops says:

    Hi Kathryn- you might want to try VistaPrint.com instead- the prices are lower than TinyPrints. I suggest you use the “Upload Your Own Design” option in the Holiday Card section- here is a link: http://www.vistaprint.com/gallery.aspx?pg=49&preid=274&xnav=TsrItem . If the link doesn’t work when you cut and paste it, type in the keywords in the search box on VistaPrint.com.

  6. Natalie Vermillion says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this! I am trying to organize my sister’s baby shower and I love this digital print, but was so nervous about trying to find a place to print it for me!

    Thanks again! 🙂

    Natalie

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