Post # 1
Hi weddingbees! I’m DIY my invites, and am toying around with the idea of custom making a stamp for our return address and going the emboss route. Does anyone know how well embossing holds up in the mail? I don’t want the invites to arrive in mailboxes half scratched off… thoughts? Any other tips about custom made stamps or embossing would be appreciated as this is my first time
Post # 3
@daysiee: I feel like embossing would hold up pretty well in the mail. I’d do a test run, and make a mock up invite and send it to a friend or just to yourself and see how it holds up!
Post # 4
Yes, embossing will hold up very nicely in the mail if it’s done correctly. If there’s a Paper Source store near you, I would definitely go in there to get the materials and a little lesson. The employees can be really helpful, and you most likely won’t have to sign up for a class if you’re intending on buying something from them (I got my heat setting powder and my blasting heater thingy from there). I also know that they have a marker there that uses the same ink as the stamps, so you could just use that to write the address instead of a custom stamp, if you want. I spent around $40 altogether to get everything I needed.
A few tips I have:
Do it on THICK paper, if possible. (the concentrated heat will make thin paper warp)
Don’t get too close to the paper with the heat. (this will make it warp even if the paper is thick). It’s better to take your time with it than trying to get it to set fast.
I also wouldn’t recommend trying this on any synthetic-type paper… it might melt.
I bet you’ll have fun with this! 🙂
Post # 5
Hmm… Hard to say on the outside but probably! I embossed the cards inside my pocketfold invitations. I received one back for a bad address and when I opened it to re envelope I found that the embossing had imprinted on opposite pages 🙁 in that case in the future is use tissue. But since you aren’t doing that it should be fine
Post # 6
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I’ve been stamping and embossing since I was little. It holds up great in most circumstances.
Post # 8
@daysiee: i did exactly what you are describing. below is a (phone) pic. Had a custom stamp made on etsy and did DIY embossing on a wrap around label. Address is scratched out in the picture. The palm trees on the little tag are also embossed. All held up well.
Post # 9
@polyblonde: Wow, those looks gorgeous! Do you happen to remember what etsy stamp vendor you purchased from? I’m looking at Rubberstamp.net…
Post # 10
@daysiee: Thanks! I just looked it up on my account and here is the exact listing:
That same shop has many other styles. The quality was great and she let me tweak the design a bit for no actual cost 🙂
Also, Papersource has a great how-to video on their website about how to do the embossing that I found helpful.
Post # 11
@daysiee: I embossed a design, not lettering, on the envelope and it held up great! I imagine lettering would be equally good.
Post # 12
Thanks so much to everyone!
Post # 13
It will stay on the paper just fine, the only issue I had with mine is that I did it in a light color and I noticed on some of the return RSVPs that the embossed areas picked up some colors/stains, likely from the mail processing machines. It wasn’t a big deal to me though.