- Mrs Vino
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: October 2008
I wanted to make our STD look like a vintage wine label and then as an added bonus it was a magnet as well.
-5″ Chip Board (createforless.com) originally. I wanted to use Balsa wood from Michaels for the real wood grain look but I ran into two big problems, –very $$ almost $1.00/piece and no one store ever had more than 10 or 15 of them at a time and I needed 100!
-PaperSource Soft White Text Weight paper
-PaperSource PVA (probably was overkill but that stuff wasn’t going anywhere!)
-Matte Finish Acrylic Sealer
-VersaMark pen (also Paper source and my god send!)
-Gold ultra-fine embossing powder
-Roll of Magnetic Tape (createforless.com)
and lots and lots of patience!!
1. We took a photo of the winery from their website and converted it into a grayscale image and cropped away unnecessary clutter to the image (we also blurred the edges) all done in photoshop and printed those out on home printer
2. Next we affixed the labels to the chipboard backing with PVA, I found it super easy to use and much less toxic ie no fumes vs. rubber cement. We let them dry for 3-4 hours.
3. Next using the Versamark pen we outlined the edges of the labels and then spread with embossing powder (NOTE: I found out after doing about 75 of them that you should spend the money and get high quality powder= less bubbles and more high quality shiny product)
4. Invert STD onto foil to catch excess powder and lightly flick from the back to really shake loose anything not sticking.
5. Here’s the tedious part, go over the STD with a paintbrush and remove any excess granules of embossing powder since anything left behind with be permanently bonded to the front of the STD
6. Lightly go over the STD with the embossing gun –about 30 seconds, you can see it bubble and melt and you should try to work from one corner to the other, pushing the bead of molten goodness along to create a smooth line (honestly I dont think anyone noticed the ones we deeemed as tarnished!)
NOTE: Do not keep any paper or flammables near gun since underneath the path of the gun gets extremely hot, I sacrificed a ovensafe dinner plate and did everything on that
7. Apply magnet, I reinforced with rubber cement since I didnt trust the flimsy adhesive it came with
for added vintage effect, we also used a worn out gold ink pad and dusted it over the surface, depositing more ink on the edges, however this technique was highly variable so we nixed it for the rest of the STDs
8. Sprayed with matt sealer to avoid any smudges of the text since it was off a cheap-o inkjet printer
9. Since its a magnet and doesnt fit through the standard USPS thickness, we got all of them handstamped plus I hate seeing people’s invites have a line dragging through them because they got stuck in the machine!
All in all it took about an 6 hours of work with one of my classmates as an assistant and then eventually Mr. Vino stepped in as embossing gun man –I think Mr. Vino just wanted to use a ‘gun’ no matter what it was and so we set up an assembly line that worked out very well
Voila the finished product! I liked our cheesy wine references–100% Love by Vol. hehe
Photo courtesy of Wendy Hithe Photography; http://www.wendyhithephoto.com