Post # 1
Calling all DIY invitation bees! Did you use a stamp and emboss as a design on your invites? How did the stamp work out? Was your image blurry…was it hard to position the stamp…did it take a lot of practice to get the stamp just the way you want it on the paper (did you have to practice a lot)…do you think the stamp ended up not looking like you wanted/expected?
Looking back, would you have gone with a graphic from your computer (Illustrator/PhotoShop) or would you use the stamp again?
Thanks for the advice! I want to incorporate a stamp (which I’ve never used before) on my invite design, but if it’s too difficult, then I’ll just go with a graphic (I’m good at Illustrator so that won’t be a problem), but I REALLY like the raised embossed stamps I’ve seen on invite websites.
Post # 3
I’m not sure what type of paper your invites are made of, but I was able to print right from my inkjet printer (on the highest photo quality) onto my metallic scrapbook paper (i used Cool and Arctic Metallic Snow by The Paper Company and cut it in half — 6×12), and sprinkled embossing powder over it right off the printer! I got the idea after I realized you can do this with vellum…and it worked! The trick is to literally have the powder waiting at the other end of the printer (and only print one copy at a time).
If you feel more comfortable with stamps, then I’d recommend the clear stamps so that you can see right through the block and line it up to the exact spot you want to stamp (and use a versamark pad….its colorless but the embossing powder will stick to it). Best of luck!
Post # 4
Wow knapper08! I’ve never heard of being able to do that! I’m so going to try that with my next project because I am the one who is way too OCD to use stamps too much. If they are a hair off or the ink doesn’t lay down perfectly, I’ll throw it out and do another one. 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
In terms of positioning a stamp, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig can be helpful!
Post # 6
I used a stamp on my invitations and I also embossed it. It was a little difficult to get used to the positioning but it did get easier the more I did. I couldnt find the perfect stamp so I actually carved my own so that is probably one reason why it was a little hard to position. I think it was totally worth it though. It made the invitation look so much more professional and complete with the embossing. I got so many compliments on them!
Post # 7
I actually did do it (like you) for the first time on our invites. It was something I read about on weddingbee in the middle of designing my invites and figured it was easy enough to do. It is and it isn’t… I would use a design that you don’t really have to line up perfect. As you can see in the picture, I just cut it off in the middle because I know I have no talent when it comes to keeping things from being crooked.
Anyway, you have to let go of all hopes of it being perfect everytime. I ruined a few invites (i had extra of course) and not every time you stamp it will stamp right or emboss right. Be prepared for that… but the end result is beautiful! I wasted a lot of money experimenting and having issues with the stamp not fully coming through on the paper. NOTE: If you use stardream (metallic) paper like I did, the best stamp ink was versapad. I went through 3 different ones! I bought a black one and clear powder (generic) and it worked great. It’s easy, but can be time consuming. I added a picture of my invite for reference. Good Luck!
Post # 8
We used a stamp and it turned out great! My sister turned out to be an expert stamper – no smudges. 🙂 We also embossed them, and I love the raised ink. You can see them here: http://august15bride.blogspot.com/search/label/invitations
Post # 9
August15bride: I read your blog, which I absolutely loved! When you had your printer to cut the paper for you, did you have to put crop marks on the paper so he’d know where to make the cuts? How many invites, RSVP cards, other info cards did you fit on one sheet of paper? Did it vary or where all of your inserts all the same size, so all the cuts would be the same each time?
For instance, let’s say that you had 3 RSVP cards printed on one sheet, how did the printer know how to cut the paper? Or 2 invites on one page, but the final outcome of the two were not 8.5×11 divided by two (to make two 4.25×5.5) — let’s say you needed the invite sizes to be 5.25×5.25…. Maybe I am making this more complicated than it should be?
Thanks for your help and advice!
Post # 10
Wow…Nada122….I love that invite, its almost how i invisioned mine to be but with red paper! Do you mind if I ask were you got the stamp from?
Post # 11
Woot! I just finished the bulk of my invitations this weekend, full of embossing. I do think it was worth it, but it can be tricky at times. A few points…
1. It took waaay longer to do than I imagined. I definitely recommend having a second person man the embossing powder and heat gun. I am a type-A personality who went solo, so it took for.ev.er. 2. You will need extras. You will mess up. *sigh* C’est la vie. In order to produce 65 invites, I probably had 10-12 that didn’t make the cut. 3. If you switch to a brand new ink pad, do a couple of tests. In switching to a new pad but using the same technique, I ended up with too much ink and a globby mess. I needed to adjust how I loaded the stamp and what kind of pressure to use. 4. About positioning the stamp, about 30-40 minutes into the project, you realize that close is good enough. But to help, I did draw guidelines on the back of the wooden stamp. 5. Clear powder with color ink is definitely the way to go.
Mine definitely aren’t perfect, but in my mind, it emphasizes the fact that they are hand-crafted (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself) 😀 Good luck with yours!!
Post # 12
I used a stamp on our RSVP cards. I didn’t emboss it but it still turned out pretty good. I just used black ink so it matches the font on the cards. Most of them came out perfect but there were a few that I didn’t get pressed down enough on the edges so the ink is a little lighter. But by that time I was done stressing about it.
I almost stamped our invites but I’m glad I didn’t-the RSVP’s were enough!