How to Go From Etsy to Print: A Step-by-Step Guide for Success
Sep 20, 2019 | Buying Guides
By Kayla Pickrell
Founder/Lead Designer at Designs by Kayla
As far as designs go, Etsy is one of the best places to venture to find thousands of unique, custom-designed invitations and stationery in one place. With this though, you may find it is difficult to navigate, as well as find a way to print the designs made for you. Your first step, of course, is to find the design you love. When looking for the design, use the search engine to describe the type of stationery you need, such as “Boho Inspired Wedding Invites,” “Transformers Themed Birthday Invites,” or “Tattoo-Inspired Birth Announcements.”
When you click on a design you love, the main page shows up, which lets you know the price, description, look at a few pictures, and make a purchase. Within this page, there are quite a few things you need to look at before making a purchase.
Is there a digital/printable option?
If you want to handle your own printing and print through Paper and More, this is an essential part. Usually this will be in the title or overview in the top right corner. In the example above, you can see that in my products, I offer just the digital file, then allow you to choose if you want a certain amount printed and shipped to you (I print through Paper and More as well).
When a title says “Digital,” it usually means that there is some editing involved on the shop owner’s side. When a title mentions “Printable,” it usually means there will be no editing and the file will be available for download immediately.
When looking at the description, make sure to point out all of the items the designer will need and anything in particular they do.
The size should ALWAYS be placed in the description section. The problem with sizing, is it is not always easy to resize files. With the amount of work it usually takes, it could take as long as a new design itself. Usually the shop owner will include the size of the document/file/design, then also include the size envelope it fits into. If this size does not meet your needs, you could always message the shop owner to see if they would be able to change it. In the example above, it shows that the file is 5x7 inches, and it fits an A7 envelope.
When printing through Paper and More, you need .125-inch bleed marks on every edge of your PDF document. Because of this, the shop owner should supply this for you. Most shop owners will NOT supply this format automatically, but it is easy to request. When making your purchase, there is a section where you can put a note to the seller. In this section (along with all of the other items they may need), put in that you need the .125-inch bleed marks around the PDF document. If the document is an automatic printable and it downloads at purchase onto your device, still put a note to the seller asking for the different formatting. This is, at most, a one minute process, so the shop owner should have no difficulties in getting it to you. If everything checks out, go ahead and make a purchase. If it requires some personalization, your design will not be available for immediate download. Allow the designer time to personalize your file, then send to you (which is done through email).
Once you have your design, visit the Paper and More print page, click on the size that you need printed (according to the size mentioned in the description of the product), and fill out the details you need (don’t forget to upload your file!).
If you need a particular quantity or product not shown, visit the Print Inquiry page and send an email with everything you need. It’s as simple as that! Following all of the steps above will avoid any pains you may have later with getting in touch with a shop owner or not having the correct file. If you have any other questions about this process, feel free to email me at [email protected]. Also, visit my Etsy shop, website, Facebook or Instagram pages to see some of my work.
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