Post # 1
My fiancee is a pretty good artist, so I would really like to have him design our wedding invitations so they would have sentimental value and save us some $$$. He drew a really nice birch tree design in pencil and now I’m stuck trying to figure out the best way to mass produce his design. Does anyone have any experience with this? Other than tracking down a Gocco, I’m at a bit of a loss. First I was thinking he could go over the pencil in fine black pen, so it could be copied but I don’t think that will look right. If I just scan a copy of the pencil drawing and take it to Staples or something to print on heavy cardstock, would this turn out okay or just end up looking cheap?
Post # 3
I liked your idea of tracing it and having it printed, but another option could be having it letterpressed (scan the design into a .pdf)- the letterpress when done in one color through an online vendor can be more affordable than some others.
check out http://www.mercuriobrothers.com or rsvppress.com
also, check out this website, which has an example of someone drawing their own design (it is actually a free template!)
Post # 4
Thanks so much! I will check out these options. The template is actually very similar to what we are planning.
Post # 5
I used a graphics tablet to draw my design. If your fiance likes drawing, you could get him one as a present and have him trace in your tree. It makes for very clean and crisp drawings, and its so much easier to lay out your wording and everything on the computer. Then you could have the whole thing printed somewhere.
Post # 6
graphics tablets are pretty expensive. Do you have illustrator, or have a friend who knows their way around Illustrator? If so, scan the image and then trace it in illustrator. That way, you’ll end up with a "cleaner" design to send off to the printer. In addition, that would make it much easier to lay out the wording. If you don’t know anyone, you could probably hire someone on Etsy’s Alchemy to do it for you. Hope this helps!
Post # 7
Using the trace feature in Illustrator could work, you can download a free trial for 30 days and see if it works for you if you don’t have it already. You can p.m. me if you’d like any help with illustrator or I can try it for you if you’d like.
My husband got me a Wacom Bamboo tablet for Christmas and I love it! It’s on the smaller size of tablets, but I really didn’t need anything bigger. It’s only around $50-$75 depending on where you look. They are definitely not as expensive as they used to be!
Post # 8
alli–Thanks for the tip. It has been awhile since I checked on graphics tablets! I’ll bet you could find one at Circuit City, for even cheaper now with them liquidating and all!
Post # 9
Yikes!! All of these options so far seem expensive! Plus the trace feature in illustrator isn’t always that great. Just scan the drawing in, open it in photoshop and make the drawing black. Then you can select the black and turn it whatever color you want for your invite.
If you have any trouble at all, feel free to pm me and I can help you. -Laura