Post # 1
I’m writing to beg a little wisdom from the talented ladies of the hive! I have this grand scheme to do a ginkgo leaf theme for my weddiing, as I have always loved ginkgos and the longevity they represent is just perfect for a wedding. I thought about getting a gocco, but I’m a little scared at the price, since once I get one, I don’t know how on earth I’d design anything worthy of it! So I scrapped that idea and have been working with rubber stamps… but I’m not too thrilled with the outcome- the stamps I’ve found aren’t bold enough, and look, as my finacee told me last night, "like I used crayons." Not exactly what I was going for in my wedding invites.
So, I’m wondering if there are any kind, creative minds out there who might have some ideas for me. I would even consider buying a gocco, if I thought I could design something well. Are there any graphic designers (or creative types) out there who could impart some wisdom (or even some designs) on me? I would be eternally grateful!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Check iStockphoto.com for vector illustrations of ginkgo leaves. There are plenty out there you could use to create a print/gocco/letterpress template:
I like this one for a template… you can of course change the color or size to anything you want:
Post # 4
Have you considered hiring someone to do the design and/or printing? The designer we used, Heather Jeany, is a Gocco master! I LOVE the work she did for us, and we’re getting rave reviews as the RSVPs come in (I’d be happy to send you a picture of the finished product, I’m so excited about it ). She will work with whatever artwork you give her, and the Gocco prints beautifully. Her prices are very reasonable too. I know there are many others out there who will do this type of design and printing.
Oh, and Miss Tiramisu blogged about her here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/03/30/much-ado-about-paper-part-2/ It does take the fun out of doing it yourself, but it’s a lot less stressful and not that much more expensive 🙂
Good luck! ~Amy
Post # 5
Since you are already using rubber stamps, did you know that you can get a custom stamp made from an image that you get from iStockphoto.com? I’ve had stamps made from Official Initial on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5482317) and had a good experience, but I think Impress Rubber Stamps will do it for you for cheaper (http://www.impressrubberstamps.com/miva/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=Custom_Designs).
Did you heat emboss the stamped image? That may give it a more professional (less like crayons!) look. It looks a lot like thermography with a raised, plastic-y image when it’s done. Combining regular printing for the text with heat embossing for the graphics would look great!
As far as designing, you really don’t need to be a professional to do it yourself. I did mine and I am far from a graphic designer! Just take a look at invitations online to get a feel for layouts and start playing around with Word or Illustrator/Photoshop and see what you come up with.