From the Archives: How to Print Invitations from a Digital File

Note: This post (from several years ago) is still one of the most-visited at this blog, so I thought I’d repost it now.  You can also use these tips for printings your own holiday cards or holiday party 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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