(Closed) Need to color the back of my letterpress invitations – Help!! Yudu?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
3539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I havent purchased a yudu but I love what they can do! have you tried using almost a spray paint?? I think painting will be too thick but then again Im not an expert!

Post # 4
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

So you just want to paint the back side of the invites?

I would think that spray paint might be the way to go as well.  Lay them all out flat upside down and paint away.  You’ll have to be careful not to drip paint but it should work. 


Post # 5
131 posts
Blushing bee

I would try a foam brush to paint the back…little bits at a time!

Post # 6
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

i agree, spray paint sounds like a good option! much cheaper than a yudu, though i admit they are fun toys..

Post # 7
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Gosh! That sounds like so much work. I also love letterpress and I think that you should just keep it the way it is, and use a gold envelope liner (find gold wrapping paper and cut pieces to glue inside the envelope) instead. It will give it the same color combination without the fear of ruining your letterpress invites.

Post # 8
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

What about goldleaf? Would that work ?

Post # 9
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Spraypaint can work, but I’d worry about it misting over to the front of your invite–especially since there’s no way to clamp the invite down flat to the table surface. You’ll definitely get the paint onto the sides of the paper; don’t know if that’s a concern as well. I’ve never worked with gold leaf, but most people who have say you need to sort of train with it–it’s a more technical material.

A foam brush with gold acrylic paint is probably your best bet. Use a delicate amount of paint and start by pulling the brush from the center outwards on the invite (because you don’t want to accidentally swipe the sides). When we do edge-painting (which is exactly like it sounds–painting the edges or sides of a letterpress card), we clamp the invites down in a stack tight and then use a foam brush to paint–if you used a real brush, the individual fibers can get stuck in between the layers and color them as they could also dip down on the sides if painting the back; hence the foam brush. Wear gloves because you’re going to have to hold the invite down as you paint and gloves allow you to handle the invites without worrying about getting paint transfer–you can have “dirty” and “clean” pairs.

I agree that a gold backing will be a “wow” factor, but it may be more trouble than it’s worth. You can do as a PP suggested, scrap the idea, and either edge-paint the sides and/or include an envelope liner with gold calligraphy.


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