Post # 1
I have started to think about becoming a DIY bride – mainly thanks to these boards! However, regarding the Gocco – which size would I need for invites, save the dates, etc? I was thinking the PG-5 would work, am I right?
Also, my fiance is a little nervous about the quality – I keep showing him posts on the Bee – but he is still hesitant. Is the quality as good as I think it is? (I think it looks great!)
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
i’ve yet to bust out my gocco yet…argh! but you must show him the gocco pix on http://www.flickr.com. search "gocco wedding" or simply "gocco."
i’d love to hear other people’s experiences on the quality of gocco printing too!
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent
Personally I think the quality is awesome. I’d recommend purchasing a gocco’ed greeting card or sample pack on etsy to see it for yourself if you’re not sure.
Post # 5
The quality are nice and the texture of the inks pops out. A lot of people thought my stuff was letter press than it was printed from gocco.
Post # 6
hi Katy, i had the same problem as you and my fiance also asked the same questions. in the end, i bought one, tried it out and sold the machine on ebay. maybe i’m not a professional DIY-er but the quality was definately lacking. we thought the graphics were ok and can be improved upon but the text wasn’t "defined" or "crisp" enough for our taste. my fiance also said "it kinda looks like an arts and crafts project" which is not what we wanted to convey to our guests so we scrapped the whole idea. having said that, maybe you’ll have better luck than me (since it seems like a lot of bees have success with it). Although, I’ve never seen any of their work in person.
the way i look at it is… after buying the machine, inks, bulbs, testing out on different papers, colors, designs, PLUS time invested, you’re probably not that far off from getting invites done professionally. Good luck 🙂
Post # 7
i will be gocco-ing my invitations this week, but i did worry about the quality and ledigibility of the text off the gocco. so i have printed the text of my invitation on a laser printer and will be adding the design using a silver gocco ink. i will try and post some pictures next week.
Post # 8
I gocco-ed my invitations, and honestly, they look awesome! The color just pops out of the page, and it looks so much nicer than something run through the printer.
One word of warning though, it might take you extra tries to ensure you have beautiful crisp lines and text, so stock up on extra bulbs and screens. Also, you really can’t have to many colors. I had envisioned using the dark green for my text, but after the first run, I realized the pastel green fit with the overall look so much better. Just buy extra colors, bulbs and screens. You can always use them for later projects!
http://northwoodstudios.tripod.com had a better selection of inks (try the pastels and the pearlies!), and better prices, than paper-source.com
Oh, and the small Gocco size is fine for 5 x 7 invites. You might have to split up your design into two screens, but it’s completely do-able. The larger Gocco requires 4 bulbs per screen (and the screens are more pricey too), and those costs start adding up very quickly!
Good luck, have fun, and post pictures!