Post # 1
im at a cross road,
i’m thinking about buying a hot stamping press to do foil, or just pay to get foil printing done.
I have done card embossing before and have made my own printing plates (designed then got them lazer cut)
cost will be pretty much the same both ways, but in the end i will have a hot stamp press.
also time would be a factor, as to get someone else to do it as they have been slow, but then the machine can be delayed.
is it worth doing a diy? anyone had experience?
(also flashy cards are important to me, as cards i have done in the past have been good and my family has high expectations)
Post # 3
I was just thinking that I would want to do my own gold foil if possible! Do you know where it’s possible to get a decent priced press?
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Post # 5
I think DIY invitations are always worth it because they will turn out just exactly as you want them to. I wa planning on doing DIY, they were going to have our own personal touch, were going to come out just as we wanted them to, and at the end it was going to come out cheaper or even the same a if we would have bought some nice ones. However even if we still have about 10 mos we figured that it was going to be very time consuming at the end people are going to throw away the invitations anyways. so in reality we decided it wasn’t a good idea in my case. we have many DIY that we are doing, and fitting those in as it is is pretty hard. so why spend even more time on something that most people really dont care much about
Anyway if you have the money and time do it!! they will be worth it.:)
Post # 6
@Cheekyduck: Have you done gold foil on your own before? I just designed my own invitations and sent them out for a quote on gold foil for the top motif and our names and got a quote of nearly $800 for 100 invitations. So, we are completely rethinking doing gold foil. But if the process is simple enough I’d like to try to do it on my own. My only worry is that there are many small details in the motif that might not be picked up by a novice printer.
Post # 7
If you enjoy making cards and have a high standard for it, do it yourself. You’ll have the matterials to use them later on future cards (maybe Baby Announcments!) and you’ll have a lot more pride in the invites and feel better about it.
Post # 8
Typos, iPad, gah
I have gone ahead and bought the equipment !
I am a bit worried about plate making as that is what will determine the quality of your foil. But if I fail I can always get a professional one made for $120
I am also getting a plate made for die cutting, I was thinking about getting a laser cutter for a DIY, but that process was too complicated and seems dangerous with all the vapors etc. For a die to be labor cut you will need to supply vector artwork.
Cost is $60
I feel I need to go all out on this as I have set the bar pretty high already with other cards I have made in the past, being wow’d is somewhat expected now from my side of the family.
I have made some funky party invites and I use to do order of service booklets for funerals that were embossed with ice burg. I love iceberg paper it’s my favorite 🙂
Pop up card, die cut with hand letterpress.
Gold foil outside and inside, with hot stamping and polymer plates.
Mind you these are only save the dates! So I have no idea about the actual invites. Anyway my fmil thinks I am crazy and says I should just pay to getthem done, but I’m trying to budget and I want gold foil now on my fortune cookies and my guestbook. Maybe napkins. I’m gold foil crazy now. I have the golf fever.
@grapeslice I think with the right plate thershould be no drama, this is the same method pro’s use, but witha bigger machine for mass production I know that there is this stamp gell but that does not get all the detail. This machine I got is great for very fine detail! But finding the right temp and setup of the machine and plate will be painful.
Anyway when my macines arrive I’ll post pics and videos for those interested. 🙂
It will be good to document the journey anyway ^^V
Post # 9
This is a concept of what i plan to make for save the dates
me, SO and our 2 pugs, i’m going for a chinese lucky theme
front of card to be gold emboss
inside is a die cut that will pop up when you open the card.
my foil machine arrived today =) Wish me luck <3!
Post # 10
@Cheekyduck: Looks great. Look forward to seeing the final product.
Post # 11
So i got me a cameo silhouette =D yay!
Okay so my vecter was a bit dirty, and well, it don’t cut well, i also think my blade is a little faulty. =( first go:
Fixed my vector up, but still have a lot to clean up. also my math was horrible and i need to resize this to get it to work. but it is cutting better, still thinking about getting a new blade but.
Post # 12
@Cheekyduck: I am literally in AWE of this!!! You did a fantastic job!!!
Post # 13
@Cheekyduck: I don’t get it, did you cut that out by hand or does a machine cut it out???
Either way, that is ridiculously awesome!!!
Post # 15
@Cheekyduck: That looks fantastic! Can’t wait to see it finished 🙂
Post # 16
Finally! With some changes. Emboss not foil.