Hi! I’m so surprised I haven’t enable to google or wedding bee search the answer to this question, so here goes.
I’m planning on using my inkjet printer to emboss my programs for the wedding. I’m doing a trifold tgat will have a thick band around the middle. Originally I was just going to print our monogram onto the trifolditself, and then emboss that. However, now I’m thinking that all of the words on the program would look better with the slight raising that embossing gives.
BUT… How can I do this on both sides of the trifold? If I’m doing it when the ink comes out by putting the embossing powder on and heat setting, what do I do with the second page/side? Can I put the page through that’s been embossed or will it ruin the printer? I hope I’m making sense–I want all the words on the program to be embossed, and it’s a double-sided trifold!
I just don’t know if it’s a good idea to put the embossed paper back through the printer. Especially since it’s such a thick paper to begin with.
Help bees! You’re my only hope (that or ruining a bunch of paper and just trying to figure this out myself! 🙂
First of all, I don’t think that it will work to emboss using the ink from the printer, HOPING that it is still wet when you sprinkle the powder on & HOPING that the powder will stick to it. In order to properly emboss you need special embossing ink (VersaMark, available as stamp pads & ink pens).
If by some miracle it does work (I’ve never heard of such a thing but I guess everything is possible), you would likely need to feed the paper through to print the reverse side. As for whether or not that would work, it really depends on your printer. An Inkjet doesn’t use heat, so the embossing won’t re-melt in the printer (a laserjet or a laser machine is a different matter, though), but the rollers may not “grab” the paper well.
Another thing to consider would be that you would only be able to print one at once, because you wouldn’t want the ink to dry at all. So you’d have to print the front side of one, sprinkle it with powder & heat gun it, then let it cool down & put it in a stack; repeat 100 more times; and then repeat 100 more times for the back.
I would recommend just getting a stamp or a Versamark pen & only embossing the monogram, like you originally were thinking.
Oh, and it is possible to emboss two sides of the same page, but the paper may warp with the increased heat being applied.
@Jenniphyr: That’s a good point about the warping–that’s probably my biggest setback. Inkjet embossing is something I’ve only heard about here but it’s a pretty common way (but maybe new?) to DIY emboss.
The whole thing IS a huge crazy headache, the way you put it, and maybe I’m nuts. Especially when you’re talking about about a 350 person wedding… 😛
Perhaps just the monogram and some of the writing on the band is best–might make it more special that way anyways!
I’m going to try since I just bought the gun and the powders, so I’ll let you guys know!
Ugh, so far no luck, but I’m not using the paper I *will* be using, which is a lot shinier and slicker and wouldn’t absorb the ink the way this paper does. I’m already on Etsy looking for stamps as a backup!
It seems so silly to make all this effort and spend the money on something that has such a subtle effect though 🙁