- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
Mr. 10 had an opinion about the invitations and picked the ones from VistaPrint with little birds on them. My sister got an groupon early in the summer for VistaPrint, but I had to use it in September. Since the town is unsure if I can get married in the park I want, the only thing I can order so far are the RSVP cards… and it was $60 (or more – can’t quite remember) to get the matching envelopes. I imagine that everyone charges a ridiculous amount for matching envelopes… but this was fun and easy.
Get some stamps you like (whether they match or not – even a wedding theme stamp would be nice), a pigment ink pad (**you have to use a pigment pad for embossing bc it dries slower), embossing powder, and a heat gun. I recommend getting one of the little plasty trays with the funnel end too.
I used a copper ink pad I found in the dollar section of Micheal’s and a lime green pigment pad ($4) and clear embossing powder ($5). The most expensive thing was the heat gun (around $20 – go to any crafting website and they have printable coupons). I got lucky with the stamps – I found the birds at the dollar spot at Target and the trees with the dollar stamps at Walmart.
Timing is everything. Stamp the envelope and then dump embossing powder on it as fast as humanly possible without spilling the powder everywhere. Then timing isn’t important. Dump and tap the excess powder off, then heat with embossing gun. I tapped the cards in the blue plasty tray with the funnel. I put a file folder under the area I was working in to catch as much powder as I could and dump it back into the jar.The grit still got everywhere, but I feel like I didn’t lose much.
Because I embossed the copper trees on the front and the green flowers on the back flap I got into a groove. I stamped 6-8 at a go, dumping powder each time as fast as I could, then tapping them of excess dust, and then accumulating about 20 or so to heat emboss all at the same time. (In the photo you can see my 8 covered in powder and 8 that are waiting for embossing.)
They are not perfect. If your ink pad gets a bit dry or you don’t powder them quickly, the embossing will not be 100% even.This does not bother me.
I think they look awesome and Mr. 10 does too. The embossing is shiny & raised and so it also feels cool. Total, this took me between 2.5-3 hours and cost less than $25 dollars. Plus I will be using some of these materials to stamp and emboss the invitation envelopes (when I order them), my favor boxes, and cocktail napkins.It hardly looks like I used any of the embossing powder even though I stamped 100 envelopes TWICE. so if you opt for the more expensive metallics or a fine grain – totally go for it. I heard that the fine grain powder is better for more intricate stamps.