Post # 1
I’ve been looking for henna pattern invite inspiration when I ran into the most beautiful invites on the Style Me Pretty site. Then, I made the mistake of going to the designer’s website and looking at the price….
Even if I got the offset printing, the cheapest package is still $518 for a one color reply card and envelope. Not even the invitation… (And while I agree its worth the money, I just can’t afford it!
So while I realize that I can’t re-create the pattern, does anyone know of any site where I can get that type of scroll work from? I’m supposed to be designing my own invites but I’m totally at a loss right now. [attachment=1626032,201890]
Post # 3
What about getting custom stamps made? You could get one with your info (or print them yourself), one with the large henna pattern to fit your page, and then one little one with scroll detail for the envelope and other inserts. I bet if you put an alchemy request on Etsy with that as your inspiration picture you’d get tons of replies. It would end up being pretty DIY on your part though, not sure if you’re into that.
Post # 4
Welcome to the world of invites! I don’t even bother looking at invites if I see any I like on a blog like Style Me Pretty.
Post # 5
Can you post a request on Etsy for something similiar?
Post # 6
@bakerella: Oh, I don’t mind the DIY aspect. Do you really think a stamp would be able to show that much detail though? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything that ornate before.
@mcnetn3: I know! I should know better by now, but I just can’t help myself sometimes…
Post # 7
What about using red card stock and gold doilies?
Post # 8
@creativeplannertobee: That is an AWESOME idea. I saw a tutorial on here somewhere about using doilies as a stencil, that would work too. Regular doily with gold paint, I mean.
Post # 9
I think a stamp would be more effective than the stencil idea. Screenprinting or Gocco would be the easiest.
Or check out this website.
Post # 10
Try indianweddingcards.com They have great paper and scrollwork designs for an amazing price. Their invitations are full customizable – you can send them a jpeg image of what you like and they’ll make it for you. I ordered a few samples, received them within 4 days and was more than happy. Good luck!
Post # 11
Go on Etsy! Someone can def make it for you and you won’t have to stress yourself out trying to make it yourself.
Post # 12
@creativeplannertobee: Thats a pretty cool idea!
@MaggieMae2609: I’m going to have to look for that one.
@ILikePink: & @LuvTacori: Thank you. I’ll check that site out. 🙂
Post # 13
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@IAmLemondrop: A stamp could totally print that much detail, you just have to have a good ink and lots of good pressure.
I’ve found with large stamps like that one (I’ve got a 4×6 woodgrain background stamp that I love) it sometimes helps to put the stamp down on your desk, rubber side up, pat the ink pad onto it (usually the ink is on the desk, and you dab the stamp on that) then lay paper over the inked stamp and press down. Press down with your fingers all over, but don’t move the paper. Or you can put something on top of the paper (thin-ish paper back book) and press on that. I don’t know why reversing it like that works, but it seems to help.
Post # 14
@cinnamonbun: That’s a clever idea! I put in an Alchemy request, so I’ll see what turns up.
Post # 15
papersource has some different “cultural” type papers also. There must be other places that have them also.
@MaggieMae2609: I thought of that idea too, while I was looking for different “cultural” paper. 😉 Great minds think alike!
Post # 16
FYI if you’re considering using a stamp (At risk of sounding like an idiot…we’re talking rubber stamps and ink pads, yes? Not some obscure creation that I’ve never heard of?)
I planned on doing my invitations with stamps and then heat embossing them. Looks great. It’s easy. Perfect, right? But when I started doing trials (and the real thing!), I would have times when the stamped image wouldn’t be complete (missed ink), or it would smudge, or there would be extra ink on one part and not the rest of what I was stamping. OR I wouldn’t have the stamp lined up quite right and it was off. Honestly, it was a huge pain the rear (and I went through quite a few invitations cuz I had to throw them out), so I trashed that idea and did something else.
So my advice is if you do go with a stamp, I wouldn’t stamp directly onto the finished product, I would see if I could “layer” the paper (so you have the actual invitation on the back, then you would stamp onto a separate paper and glue that paper ontop of the invitation). That way, if you do screw up, you’re throwing out papers, not the invitations that you printed (and worked hard on, if you’re going to be stenciling!)
But that’s just my experience at basically my first DIY. Maybe I’m just stamp-dumb.