(Closed) To Stamp or Emboss

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m such a sucker for embossed things. It looks so elegant.

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2008

we did an embosser…yes, it does look elegant, but i wouldn’t do it again. 

here’s why: your hand hurts after doing a bunch of them (have to press pretty hard), and sometimes it may not work right if you don’t press hard and evenly.  after my hand started to bruise, i got my FI to help, and the thing broke.  had to wait for a replacement.  it also takes a lot longer to do than the stamp version, is more expensive, and, most of all, neither of our moms even noticed the extra effort/detail. 

Post # 5
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267 posts
Helper bee

I may be in the minority, but since several of my invitations/thank you notes/save the dates got returned for one reason or another, I think you should stamp your return address so it’s easiest to read for the Post Office. After all, if they can’t return it to you, you’ll never know it didn’t reach its destination, and then you’ll be in trouble when Great Aunt So-and-So thinks you snubbed her by not inviting her to your wedding… 😉

Post # 6
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

you know, you can also emboss with stamps. it can be a bit tedious because there are a lot of steps involved, but worth it when you get it right! You need special embossing ink pad (I get the one that is pink so you can see where you stamped it, but disappears to a clear color), an embossing gun (which is really a blowdryer type thing that doesn’t blow air, so much as it blows out this heat) and embossing powder (in the color you want your address to come out). Of course, you also need your stamp! 🙂

You would place your stamp on the embossing ink pad, then put it on the paper. Next, sprinkle some of your colored embossing powder over the stamped image and then tap off the excess (which you can reuse if you save onto a separate piece of paper). The powder will have adhered to the embossing ink and then you take your blow dryer gun and heat the powder and it solidifies into this nice raised image. It works well when you are using clean lines, like letters and numbers so your address should come out really nicely. I suggest not to keep the heat gun on your paper/powder for too long because it can scorch. Good luck and feel free to PM me if you have any questions!

oh! and I have heard that you can also use your desired colored ink pad and then a clear embossing powder, but haven’t really tried it myself. I always use the special embossing ink pad because it stays wet longer and thus is easier to work with. regualr ink pads dry to quickly to get your powder on there in time to adhere to everything, imho. 🙂 

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2008

i’ve done embossing with the colored ink + clear embossing powder.  this was pretty easy and worked the best for me (vs. colored powder) because i was using colored paper, and little bits of powder would stick to the paper and get embossed too, producing a fuzzy image.  clear powder = no mess. 

regular ink pads have worked great for me.  i have a special embossing stamp pad, which didn’t work that well.  made me wonder if it was just a gimmick to get me to buy more stuff.  pancy’s may have been different.

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