Post # 1
One of my sweet bridesmaids sent me this from etsy the other day! There are several etsy shops that create large custom rubber stamps to make wedding invitations. Some even come in a set with invite stamp/RSVP card stamp/monogram stamp/return address stamp.
It would save a fortune on invites FORREAL. The stamps start at $75 and it would be nothing to buy cardstock in bulk.
Has anyone ever used these? Can you foresee any potential problems? Love the idea? Think their ugly?
I would just love some input.
ETA: we have a very rustic-y theme going so i feel like the homemade look could mesh well with what we’re going for.
Post # 4
I got a custom return address stamp for our envelopes. Honestly, it was kind of a pain. I never got it quite straight and the ink didn’t end up evenly distributed. I didn’t care for just the envelopes, but I wouldn’t want to do it for the invitations themselves.
Post # 5
I had the same experience as the above poster. Hard to get the stamp perfectly straight and the ink evenly distributed. I only did a return address stamp so I can’t imagine even trying to do a full invite.
Post # 6
@Westwood: oh no! i’m glad i’m hearing it from y’all! do you happen to know if the ink you were using was good quality or not? i read something about the quality of the ink being important. thanks a bunch for your input!
Post # 7
I spent 29.99 to get a set of 50, full-sized invitations, with envelopes. I printed a sample, on my computer/printer, and it came out terrific. It also comes with return address cards and envelopes. I’m using them for shower invitations, and the RSVPs for thank you notes, but there are lots of DIY boxes of stationery (Michael’s, Staples, etc.) that you can use and would be cheaper than buying a stamp, paper, and envelopes.
Post # 8
@FutureMrsT1221: I don’t have experience with invitations, but the women in my family are all really into rubber stamping. We have big slumber parties where we make cards together and stuff, so I do have some knowledge. I’ve always found that BIG stamps can be difficult. You’d want to get a very good, wet high pigment stamp pad. You have to work quickly to cover the whole stamp before the rest gets dried. Then you have to be very careful about placement and apply even pressure, probably using both hands. It might still be a little uneven, but if you’re going for a rustic look that could be fine. If you plan to use glossy paper you could also get embossing powder and use that to set the ink as well as give the writing a raised, more professional/fancy look.
ETA: All that said, I’m not sure it would be any cheaper than just buying a print-at-home design from an etsy seller. Unless you want that light-ink on dark paper look, I don’t see a benefit to the stamp over printing.
Post # 9
Hey! I haven’t done wedding invites, but I stamped my graduation invites for both high school and undergrad and I think they looked super cute. I think as long as you’re okay with them looking homemade, it shouldn’t be a problem. Consider adding ribbon or layering the paper to make it look a little more detailed, which will then pull the eye away from any off center or slightly uneven ink distribution!
Post # 10
I had custom return address stamps. And like PP’s, they were never perfectly straight. It drove me crazy lol. I eventually just gave up and some people got crooked envelopes. I didn’t have a problem with the ink tho (mine were self-inking) and it dried pretty quickly.
Post # 11
I seriously considered doing this for my stds and invitations.
I have since decided to print them myself instead. The invites and stds that I were looking into were like $9 each.. these stds cost me $2.08 each [before stamps]
Post # 12
@FutureMrsT1221: I got my ink from Michaels, so it’s probably better than the ink they use at businesses for date stamping for example, but it wasnt crazy expensive or anything so it’s probably middle of the pack quality.
Post # 13
@MexiPino: Using embossing powder would be so pretty and nice, but can you imagine how much time it would take to stamp each one, put on the powder, then use the embossing tool? Sheesh! I’m printing mine.
Post # 14
@FutureMrsT1221: My daughter and SIL printed their rustic invitations on our printer. They came out nice, and only cost pennies!
Post # 15
@FutureMrsT1221: that looks really cool but I would think it would be a massive pain. I stamp quite a bit and embossed all our STD and stamped parts of our invites. I’m still embossing some our thank you cards…takes forever! Also, like other people said, large stamps are hard to work with
Post # 16
@FutureMrsT1221: I didn’t stamp invitations, but I stamped our return address on the back of our std envelopes and I plan to do the same for my bridal shower invites and the wedding invites. I didn’t have any issues getting it straight and only a couple of envelopes where the ink wasn’t completely perfect, but you wouldn’t be able to tell easily. I say go for it, especially if you have a tricky color combination like white on blue/black or a metallic color. Our ink is gold and our envelopes are black. They came out phenomenally!