Stamped Invitation Suites? Seeking Bees' Thoughts/Experiences

posted 3 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Talk to me about stamped suites...
    It's beautiful! : (6 votes)
    26 %
    It's tacky! : (2 votes)
    9 %
    It's not traditional, but I would consider it. : (1 votes)
    4 %
    I tried it and it was too hard. : (1 votes)
    4 %
    I tried it and it was too easy. : (1 votes)
    4 %
    I didn't try it. : (5 votes)
    22 %
    I didn't try it. I love how my invitations came out (boast it, below!) : (4 votes)
    17 %
    I like polls. : (3 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 4
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    1768 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’ve seen them (not IRL, just on blogs and such). I personally like them, but only for a more casual invite (like rusticy mountain one pictured). I am a perfectionist and have modern tastes, so the slight imperfections of a stamp would drive me CRAZY. But, if that’s your style, I think it’s perfect. Plus, you can make as many as you need!

    Post # 5
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    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I love the effect but, wow, it seems like a lot of work. Maybe you could plan on printing it but alter your design to achieve a similar look?

    Post # 6
    Member
    1892 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    that sample you linked is amazing! but I personally would be worried that this was one of those crafts that looks amazing when you very very very carefully do one but when you try to make a bunch they come out a mess

     

    how many invites do you have to make?

    Post # 7
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    1298 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I think it could look really cute and unique. But be prepared to potentially make a lot of do-overs as inevitably the stamps may come out smudged or over/under inked on some. 

    I did not do a whole stamped suite but I did add a stamp and embossed it on my RSVP cards. The raised effect of embossing looked nice. Maybe you can have the important stuff like the wording of the invitation printed (so that you can be sure that part comes out clear and perfectly) and add in some stamped or embossed details on the side? 

     

    Post # 8
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    975 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    I have the design all ready in my head but haven’t tried it out yet, just got the supplies in a few days ago and have been working since. My plan is to print the invitation on vellum, and use a leaf stamp with bronze embossing powder. Bronze is one of our accent colors. 

    Post # 12
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    1793 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I do think they are suited for a more casual wedding (nothing wrong with that). From a bit of a pragmatic POV, this is going to require an incredible amount of time work and 99% will end up in the local landfill.  Only you can decide if it is worthwhile, but it seems like it could be a can of worms waiting to happen.

    Post # 13
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    1298 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @lemiller:  I found the embossing to be pretty easy. Definitely get some scrap cardstock and do some test runs.

    I used color pigment ink (ColorBox was the brand, I think) and clear embossing powder, and found that to be the easiest. You want to get the pigment ink because it stays wet long enough for the embossing powder to stick to it, dump off the excess and then use your embossing heat gun to emboss. 

    Here is a tutorial I found here on weddingbee: http://www.weddingbee.com/2006/11/01/how-to-emboss/#axzz2kI3R2Gd1

    I tried using gold embossing powder and it didn’t work well for me. No matter what I did I always ended up with a ‘shadow’ of powder on the paper when I dumped the excess off, which made it look messy. Much easier to find colored ink that you like and use clear powder.  

    Post # 14
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    1892 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    have you ever done any crafts like this? I think that personally I would be a bit wary of a very sensitive project like this since I know that I am picky and would want everything to be “perfect”….. personally I thnk that just having them printed and then maybe doing a bit of stamping/ embossing to add some decorative touch would be a lot less stressful

    Post # 15
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    975 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    @lemiller:  Will do! I have done lots of embossing, I am going to be teaching scrapbooking lessons this Christmas! I’m going to use clear embossing ink. 

    Post # 16
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    208 posts
    Helper bee

    It is very very very hard to pull off… with just the right amount of pressure so that is completely even all the way around. Ultimately too frustrating for me.

    However, I do like the look! 🙂

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