Help me with the logistics of my paper craft.
July 29, 2008 3:54 PM Subscribe
Craft filter: I would like to begin selling a mixed media paper craft (a print embellished with embroidery thread). I'm happy with the crafty part...but now about the logistics: sourcing paper, paper size, ink quality, packaging.
posted by sarahalisonmiller to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Sourcing paper: Where can I find archival quality paper (relatively heavy, but no more than 90 lb) at an affordable price? If I manage to start selling, I won't be able to afford to buy it at the local Michaels.
Paper size: Right now, I am working with my own personal printer. It can handle paper up to 8 1/2 by 10. The actual image I am producing is approx. 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 (but I can alter this slightly without distorting the print). Ideally, the print would not take up the entire area of paper, but would have margins at the 4 sides. If folks who buy my craft might like to frame it, what size paper should I use and with what size margins? Should the margins all be equal?
Ink: My printer is an Epson CX8400. It seems that most people selling prints advertise that they use "archival inks." What does this really mean, is it really important, will my printer take them, and can I buy them at an average office supplies store?
Packaging: I know where to find plastic sleeves and thick envelopes, but is there something else I should know about packaging and shipping?
Whew. That's a lot of questions. Answer as few or many as you're are willing and able.