I have an excellent method of making professional quality, color
earring cards. First, buy your choice of die cut earring cards
from Rio or wherever you like.
Next, buy the Riso Print Goco. This is a Japanese “toy” made
for printing your own cards, T-shirts, etc. It’s basically a
silkscreener that makes screens using flashbulbs instead of an
emulsion process. It costs about $88.00 plus supplies. You can
buy it at Pearl Art and Craft in the states, they have a catalog
and locations in many cities. I have also seen it in large
Japanese grocery stores/mini-malls. Rio used to sell it – oh,
they still might – in the tools catalog, as the “Rio Mulit
Etch.” Same thing.
The Print Goco allows you to print multiple colors all at the
same time. So your earring card can feature your name in one
color, your motto in another, etc. There’s a video available at
Pearl on how to use it, and Rio may still sell theirs too. It’s
very easy to use, I’ve even had groups of children use it.
It you want you can also use it for making T-shirts.
Supplies you need:
extra flash bulbs
ink for cloth
ink for paper
tools for applying ink
That’s it. I encourage everyone to buy the Print Goco. I’ve
had mine for 5 or 6 years. I’ve used it for making custom gifts,
with youth groups, for earring cards, pendant cards, and I’ve
even printed custom show postcards with it. Sure you could have
things professionally printed, but with this, you have complete
control and flexibility. Need new earring cards with product
info. for a new style of earring? No problem. You can print
them the night before the show.
You could buy color photograph postcards with your address on
back, then use the Print Goco to print show for a
specific show on the back. Cool, no?
Oh, the parent corp. is in Danvers, Mass., USA. They can refer
you to a local vendor, though they won’t sell to you. And
locally, one business machines store has added Riso’s line of big
office size stencil based “copiers.” They also sell Print Goco
and supplies, so there’s another lead for you.
Does anyone else use Print Goco?
Good luck, all.
Chicago, Illinois, USA
where the salt trucks are turning all the cars into a horrid, dirty white