Post # 1
Hello, hive! I’m currently pricing out DIY invites versus printed, and I think the DIY is going to be the option we go with. However, I wanted some advice before moving forward to even a test session. We’re planning on printing our invitations on dark blue cardstock and then heat embossing the text, so I had a few quick questions for those of you with experience heat embossing.
1. Will heat embossing work for text? I read a few suggestions online, one being to make your type strong bold and well-spaced, and the other being to specifically use fine embossing powder for text. Does this sound like it would work?
2. We’re planning on using the Inkjet embossing system if we can (printing on low settings on an Inkjet so that the ink is still wet when the page comes out, and then covering the ink with embossing powder). Has anyone tried this before? Does it actually work pretty well?
3. Will embossing text even look any good? Hahah.
Thanks for any advice you can provide me with!
Post # 3
Use clear detail embossing powder & have it ready for the second it comes off of the printer. You do not need to heat it right away though.
Also, be sure to wipe your paper with a dryer sheet before you put it in the printer to reduce the powder sticking where it shouldn’t. Papers that have a gloss, sheen, or pearl finish to them seem to work better as the ink doesn’t absorb as fast.
have you also considered a custom stamp instead? I think it would be less work, less worry, and less expensive (esp once you figure the cost of ink cartridges and waist/mess ups from the printer method). Just a thought.
Post # 4
@wabanzi: +1 on the custom stamp idea. much less of a hassle.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I agree with the tips you’ve already gotten. I did some heat embossing on our invites but just one stamp of flowers on the side as an accent. I used clear embossing powder and it took me a few hours to do 100 invites. It will be time consuming. I had designed my invites and had them printed through vistaprint on their linen paper. I used color box ink then the clear embossing powder. I used far less embossing powder than I thought I would and ink. The paper kind of curled up on me when heating. That freaked me out at first, but I did a quick pass with my heating tool on the opposite side of the paper and then after a day of laying flat they flatened back out.
I would just recommended doing a trial run and seeing how it turns out. I initially tried a few different options. I ruled out using colored embossing powder right away, left too many specs behind on the paper. I also ended up just using one stamp and not two. So I think there’s always a little trial and error. 🙂
Sounds like a nice idea and definitely worth a try.