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Pearlescent Card 5 Tips for Printing Design and Text

Printing on pearlescent card is not as straightforward as printing on ordinary paper, but with a little patience, you can learn how to use this attractive medium for many craft projects.

5 tips for printing on pearlescent card..


1. Use a Transparency Setting

Because the printer ink dries more slowly on pearlescent card than it would on conventional paper, use a transparency setting if your printer has one. This will mean that less ink goes on to the paper from the printer. The downside of using a transparency setting is that you will not get such crisp, bold and perfect printing, and it may still take a long time to dry.


If your printer does not have a transparency setting, select a setting such as “draft” or “economy” to limit the amount of ink used.


2. Choose Your Pearlescent Card

Pearlescent card comes in 1 or 2 sided finish, the 1 side finish card gives you a matt side to print on, whilst the 2 side finish is the same pearlescent finish on both sides.


3. Select Your Font

Large fonts with wide lines are more problematic on pearlescent card than those with finer lines, due to the amount of ink used for each letter. It is also a good idea to format the text to make the spaces between the characters wider.

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Images, as well as words, work better if they do not have too much ink. Try to choose fairly simple designs without any large solid areas of print.


4. Be Patient

Because pearlescent is less porous than conventional paper, the ink takes much longer to dry. To avoid ink smears, you need to leave your printing until it is totally dry before touching it. Test a small corner first to see if the ink has dried properly. If drying is taking a very long time, you can speed up the process by using a hairdryer gently on the print.


5. Printer Tips

Sometimes you can experience paper-feed problems when using pearlescent card because it can tend to curl on the corners. To avoid that, you can try using a piece of conventional printer paper. When attached to the pearlescent with double-sided tape along the top edge. If this is fed into the printer first, it will draw the pearlescent paper through.


It can also be helpful to set the top margin on your word processing software.  A minimum of one inch, the margin allows the printer a good opportunity to grip the pearlescent paper.


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