(Closed) DIY Invitations — HELP!

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Can you use two screens with the gocco?  First with all the white lines and text, and then, another screen with just the green?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

i don’t think it’s about ‘printing white’ on brown paper, but rather, using a LOT of brown ink and printing on white paper?

perhaps that could be done at a Kinko’s / Office Depot. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

You can print using the gocco if you did two layers like MissCremeBrulee suggested, but it could take more screens depending on the size of your invite.  The print area is a little smaller than 4×6.  So you might need two screens to cover the length of your invite for the lines if it’s 5×7 and then another for the green dots.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Kinko’s and Office Depot do color as long as you can upload the design. I had mine done there on super heavy cardstock (110Lb) and they turned out beautifully. It’s worth a sapmle trial. It’s real cheap to print there. It was 9 cents for my black and white ones

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Another idea: the brown with white printing is the bottom sheet…..the green dots (carefully positioned) are printed onto vellum. The vellum is then tacked onto the brown via a ribbon or brads or something. I like vellum a lot tho

Post # 9
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Newbee

This isn’t helpful in terms of your DIY endeavors, but can I just tell you that your invitation wording made me kind of teary?  I absolutely love it.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

There isn’t a company that makes white home printer ink so I don’t think it’s even possible for Kinko’s to do it (I work in the wonderful world of printer ink for an HP company and HP doesn’t make white ink – neither do people that refill HP cartridges). I’ve never used a Gocco but couldn’t you burn 2 seperate screens for the white squiggles and green dots? Or have it printed brown on white paper?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

If you have a paper you already use, finding white ink to print with is virtually impossible to find at least in offset printing (what you will find at Kinko’s and Staples, etc).

There are other options though:

  1. Foil Stamping — is the application of foil, a special film-backed material, to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper. Foil stamping can be combined with embossing to create a more striking 3D image.
  2. Embossing —  Heat and pressures reshapes the surface of the paper to create the image. Single, multi-level, beveled, and sculptured are the styles of embossing. Embossing can be done on plain paper or combined with ink, images, or foil for special effects.
  3. Screenprinting — This would be what your Gocco does essentially.
  4. Flexography — Frequently used for printing on plastic, foil, acetate film, brown paper, and other materials used in packaging, flexography uses flexible printing plates made of rubber or plastic. The inked plates with a slightly raised image are rotated on a cylinder which transfers the image to the substrate. Flexography uses fast-drying inks, is a high-speed print process, can print on many types of absorbent and non-absorbent materials, and can print continuous patterns (such as for giftwrap and wallpaper).

This is all very specialized printing of course, so I am not sure of the cost. It may be exorbant if you don’t want to DIY.  Check with local printers to get quotes, or maybe Etsy can help you on this one. 

Good Luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

If you go the Kinko’s route, keep in mind that they only print on 8½"x11" (or larger) paper.  Of course, they/you can then cut it down to size.  I only mention this becuase I bought Envelopments cardstock pre-cut to 5"x7" for my wedding maps, hoping that Kinko’s could take care of the printing.  I was told that they couldn’t, simply because of the risk of jamming their machine due to the smaller size.

Just something to think about when selecting your paper!

Good luck!  :o)

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

You are wanting engraving, like Mrs. Cupcake. That allows you to put white / colored ink on top of paper of any color… but that can be more expensive than a Gocco. Much cheaper than a Gocco… you can have a custom stamp made. Have one stamp made with the text, one with the lines, and one with the dots that go on the lines. Stamp the white parts on your beautiful metallic brown cardstock, emboss if you want, and then stamp the green dots. 

 

Also, I too love love love your wording!!

 

If you have any other technical questions about printing and whatnot, feel free to message me, besides a bride, I’m also a graphic designer. 🙂 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

oooh!! One more thing, your text is a smidge close to the edge. That will make it a little hard to cut. You might move it over a bit.

 

-Laura 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

okay sweety stop freaking out! it can be done!!! we designed out invitations ourselves and had them printed at overnightprints.com They have great prices and can print at just about any size. 

So what you need to do is pretty simple! Just design or upload that image to photoshop or some other sort of design software that you already have on your computer and then just upload the image to the website!! it’s super easy and they look fabulous and high gloss.. I’m very happy with mine!

I hope that helps! sorry the pictures are backwards! =D

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