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Old 06-24-2021, 08:41 AM   #1  
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Default Printing a sentiment instead of stamping. How to adhere?

I’ve always stamped my sentiments but if I want something personal, how would I print it, using a special font and add to inside? On cardstock? Copy paper? Best practice?
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I prefer copy paper because of the light weight!
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I have some very lightweight cardstock and also some heavyweight text paper that I often use for printing sentiments for inside the card. Sometimes I just trim it on a paper trimmer to the size I want, sometimes I die cut it out. Usually I just use adhesive runner to adhere it inside the card.I have a MINC and tons of foils, so I also might foil sentiments that I print on my laser printer.
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I prefer to print it on copy paper and then trim the paper to just barely smaller than the card size. I just run adhesive around the outer edges of the copy paper and one line through the middle, usually on an area of text I can see through the back side. Most of the time, you can't even tell the copy paper was added in.
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I love printing my own sentiments for the front and for the inside of cards. For the insides, if I am using Bazzill for the base, I like the extra weight I get from my regular supply of cs (Neenah 80lb). If I am using a heavy cardstock for the base (like 110 lb), then I like the thinner paper -- regular copy paper as I don't want to add more weight. I cut the cs/paper about 1/4" less (5 1/4 x 4) to make it easier to fit onto the base without messing up. I have become a "glue" girl, but I still use my tape runner occasionally.

I use Word for all my typing. Here's my trick to get my sentiment lined up:
1) Set the margins to 0" inches top, left, right and bottom
2) Create two columns (Format) and reduce the spacing between the columns to 0 (this is in the
section under width and spacing when you are creating the columns)

Now you can use the "Center Text" feature to get it pretty much in the middle. And if you want it offset, you still have the right dimensions to see where the text pretty much lands. This isn't fool proof because it still creates a slightly larger margin on one side but since I am trimming the paper down, it works well. Also, when you go to print, it gives you a warning that it's outside the printable area, but as long as you are not at the very top, side or bottom it works fine.

Good luck. I think you will enjoy creating your own sentiments. But a warning, sometimes I take longer to pick the fonts than make the cards. LOL
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I use Word for all my typing. Here's my trick to get my sentiment lined up:
1) Set the margins to 0" inches top, left, right and bottom
2) Create two columns (Format) and reduce the spacing between the columns to 0 (this is in the
section under width and spacing when you are creating the columns)

Now you can use the "Center Text" feature to get it pretty much in the middle. And if you want it offset, you still have the right dimensions to see where the text pretty much lands. This isn't fool proof because it still creates a slightly larger margin on one side but since I am trimming the paper down, it works well. Also, when you go to print, it gives you a warning that it's outside the printable area, but as long as you are not at the very top, side or bottom it works fine.

Love this idea! TYFS!

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I use clear label paper
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By the way, you can find tons of free fonts at DaFont.com- everything from fancy to goofy!
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I print lots of sentiments on my computer, creating with Word document. I use lightweight cardstock to print on then I can use 80 lb cardstock for the body of the card and it doesn't feel flimsy. I use Zip Dry glue for everything.
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I bought a box of 20 lb, 25% cotton office paper ages ago, and use that. I like the look of it better than copier paper; it has a nice texture and a sort of translucent quality. It works well in my printer (which gets cranky about cardstock). And thanks to Dafont I have all the fonts to suit whatever mood the card wants.
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These are such good ideas...thank you to the members who added them.

I have one to add if you have a card that is not standard size. I'm using all caps a bit here to point out the menu choices (not for shouting!)
Using Word software, start by using the INSERT menu, choose TEXT BOX, then DRAW a text box the size close to what you want. Checking the toolbar at on the screen gives you a way to type in the exact dimension you want. Right clicking on the edge of the box has more options, for example if you want a border, you can make it a color, thicker, double, dashes or whatever. You can also center the sentiment easily (or not) depending on your design.

Sometimes, when teaching a class, I duplicate the sentiment so my students can cut out the sentiment or inside message. It's a blessing to have duplicates in case you need a quick card....and the color choices are really nice if you want to match an ink color for a flower or natural scene you've stamped.previously.
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Thank you so much for your responses! There are so many good ideas here that are truly going to change my approach to sentiments and I love them! Thank you all!
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I wrecked too many cards by stamping sentiments directly on the insert I put in every card, so now I print sentiments on 100 lb. cardstock and cut them out with dies, some oval, some square, some fancy, and store them in a box. When I need one, I ATG tape the back and place it where a sentiment goes on the card insert.

MANY card inserts I leave blank, especially if the card is A2 or 4Bar. "Words To The Rescue" is a little book I bought from Amazon, a 1000 thoughtful things to write on the card, if you get stuck.

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