I have designed a set of recipe cards for my client in the foods biz, which were printed by a commercial digital printer. As part of the series they wanted to have some blank cards printed... "blank" as in they didn't have a recipe on them - just the background pattern and border. Anyway, along with these, I created them a MS Word template for the recipe portion close to that which was printed on the other set of non-blank cards (that was laid out in INDD) so that they could print a new/special recipe on their ink jet printer, in low runs, on the fly whenever they needed to stray from the handful of recipes they had printed by the commercial printer.
As I suspected may happened, the ink from the ink desktop jet didn't seem to take to the card. they looked ok right after pulling them off the printer but after a little while, everything got really washed out... almost as if there was nowhere for the ink to grab on to. I'm positive that this is due to either the ink from the commercial printer or some sort of coating they used (even though I didn't order anything glossy or anything like that).
Does anyone know of any technique (specific printing specs or particular type of stock) that could be used to allow for printing a blank "shell" commercially and then over printing the text later on a mid-level desktop inkjet? Or do the 2 just not mix well?
A shell is just the outer elements (background, borders, etc) with a blank area where the recipe goes. The client needs the ability to produce a small quantity (in the 5-10 range) of recipe cards for any recipe in their pool of thousands, on-demand, so sending the entire card (shell and recipe text) to the commercial printer is not a viable option.