Post # 1
I am very blessed to have an uncle who can print our invites gratis for us. His business is in the Phillipines and wedding invites are not his specialty so I am thinking of having him print everything aligned to the right and adding our own embossed stamp in the corner. The large peony stamp from Martha Stewart to be exact.
Am I loony to think I can do all 200+ of these? We will stamp the smaller version minus the embossing on the RSVP, info card. I just finished stamping our new Etsy address stamp on our thank you note envelopes/RSVP envelopes. I use stamps often but have never heat embossed. Is it that much harder? Am I asking for trouble?
Post # 3
@baletrina: Many ladies DIY the whole invite suite, so I dont think its too much at all. Just make sure your uncle prints you 25 extra.. if he can… That way if you dont like the look you can try something else.
Embossing is easy… just get a real heat gun. 🙂
Post # 4
You can definitely do it! I would practice a few times to make sure you get the desired look. I heat embossed the return address on our STD envelopes and on our invitation envelopes. I’m a perfectionist so I definitely rejected a few along the way.
Because I’m lazy, I would stamp and powder about 20 envelopes and then get the heat gun and emboss them all in a row.
Post # 5
@Captain013: Very true about making the entire suite.
@krobbie: I plan on making a trial before I even order with him just to pick out paper, ink, etc. I am a total perfectionist too, that’s why I question myself on such a big project!
Post # 6
I did all my Christmas cards last year it took me awhile, but if you start soon it shouldn’t be too bad.
Post # 7
Heat embossing is super easy. You’ll have no problem getting those done. Just do it in smaller batches and have somebody helping you. It’s best if somebody does the stamping and somebody does the heat gun. As other bees have said it’s a good idea to a some extra.
Post # 8
You could totally do it! My Bridesmaid or Best Man and I embossed the front of our invitations and program covers. You just have to make sure you have the right heat gun. I agree with Kate2012 – if you have someone helping you, have one person stamping and the other doing the heat gun.
Good luck! I’m looking forward to seeing your invitations!!
Post # 9
I just did 120 myself over the past few days. I just did a bunch every night. A few tips I learned along the way: buy pigment ink, not dye based ink. It takes longer to dry so it holds the embossing powder better. Also, stamp in color, emboss in clear so you don’t get the halo effect on your invites.
Post # 10
@SweetSara: I did know about the pigment ink but not the halo effect from not using clear. Great tip!
Thanks everyone for all the tips! What heating gun should I purchase? I have a 40% off coupon with its name on it!