- Mrs. Dumpling
- 9 years ago
I’ll save the friendly banter for another post and just dive right in. Here is a simple step-by-step guide to help you with your Gocco. Dumpling is not that great at this whole thing, but the end result was pretty fantastic. If you aren’t a Gocco bride (or groom!), skip the rest of this post and just look at our reception cards!
Make sure to print on your laser printer. Don’t worry about adjusting it for any kind of special settings.
Next, insert the flashbulbs into the yellow top part of the machine. I get all of my supplies from Northwood Studios. There’s talk out there of Gocco supplies going into extinction, so please stock up now, Bees!
Place the lamp back into the machine, with the arrows facing each other.
Take your print out from the printer and position it on top of the sticky gray thing. This is where you will also place your cards, so make sure it’s stable and that all print areas are secure.
Close the lid and push down hard! FLASH! Beware of stinky bulbs.
Take the Gocco screen out of the machine and peel back the top layer of film. Don’t remove your laser print out that’s stuck to it yet, because you’ll need to see where to ink-block and where to put the paint. It’s possible to see it without the paper still stuck to the back (I’ve done it just fine), but I recommend making things as easy as possible for yourself when it comes to the Gocco.
Ink blocking is when you take the foamy strips with the sticky on the back and “block” your images and lettering. Even if you were using one color for the whole project, I would still recommend doing this since Gocco supplies are expensive and hard to get these days. Now, if you’re using two colors or more, PLEASE INK BLOCK. You don’t want the pink ink from the middle section running into the letters that are supposed to be white!
So, after ink blocking, put the ink on the screen inside of the foam blocking strips, between the film you peeled back and the screen. If you want white in one section and red in another, it’s cool. They wont run now that you’ve blocked them.
Close the film over the screen. Peel off the laser print-out from the back of your screen and return the screen to the Gocco machine, exactly the same way you put it in there to begin with.The pictures for the next part got deleted on accident. MY BAD. All you do though, is position the paper you bought for your invitations or whatever you’re making on top of the gray sticky pad on the machine, press the top down, and like magic the ink appears on your card.
I’m thinking of rounding the corners with one of those corner-rounding punches. What do you think?