Post # 1
I’m trying to go the DIY route with our invitations but have hit a snag, I’m hoping you ladies can offer some suggestions.
We’re using Stardream Champagne cardstock and Paper Source White Luxe paper to make the invitations. I’m getting a custom stamp made with this image and will Gocco the text for the invitation.
I really really want to emboss the stamped image but for the life of me can’t figure out what color ink to use. Our wedding colors are sage green and navy blue (with champagne accents) but I don’t think bringing those colors into the invitation would look right.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I’m totally drawing a blank here. And no, I’ve never actually embossed, gocco’ed or created anything on this scale before! 🙂
Post # 3
I think navy and chamopagen invitations would look great! I have never embossed either, but maybe navy wording with the image in champagen? I think it would look great! 🙂
Post # 4
How would you feel about a subtle color for your dogwood stamp? I think a slightly darker champagne than your paper might be pretty. You could also go with deep navy colored ink for your stamp (so dark it’s nearly black?), or even dark brown/chocolate, which would remain in the tan/brown family of your champagne paper. I’d say the last choice for me would be sage green, depending on the vibe you’re going for.
I hope that helps! Good luck!
Post # 5
Are you embossing the image on the champagne cardstock or the white? If you are doing it on the champagne, I think using a watermark inkpad and embossing wtih clear powder would look really pretty. It would give you a darker champagne color like drift mentioned.
Here’s an example of what the watermark looks like (It’s about halfway down the post in a gold/champagne color): http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/03/27/not-thanks-enough/
Post # 6
I suggest using a color ink and clear embossing powder. Also, make sure the ink is pigment ink. It doesn’t dry as fast so you have a little buffer of putting the powder on it. The clear powder makes it a little crisper.
Post # 7
Thanks so much for your suggestions! I really really appreciate them!
To clarify, I’m using the champagne card stock for the outer portion of the invitation. The white luxe is what the stamp and text will be on.
I really do want it to be subtle, I’m just not sure (having never done this before) if it’s possible to emboss on white without it being too much. Does that make sense?
Elle: I loved the example you posted, it’s SO pretty! Do you think it would work on the white paper?
Again, thanks so much for all of your help!!!