As a graphic designer, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I have always had an obsession for various types of paper and packaging. I love the idea of a hand written note or a carefully crafted invitation sent in the mail. So, when I volunteered to host a wedding shower for one of my very best friends the first place I headed was Paper Source in San Francisco!
For local San Franciscans who share my passion for all things paper, and have never been, I highly recommend it! The staff is amazing, so helpful and full of great and innovative ideas for all of your paper needs. If you aren't local, don't fret, they have locations all over the country and have a great online shop as well!
Check out my DIY invites below, with gold stamp embossing:
Materials (Clockwise from top to bottom):
1. Stamp pad - VersaMark Watermark Inkpad
2. "happily ever after" stamp - here
3. Gold embossing powder - here
4. Paint brushes
5. Kissing bride & groom stamp - here
6. 5.5 square folded cards "peacock" - here
7. Embossing heat tool (pictured below) - here
8. 5.75 square envelopes "peacock"* - here
9. Decorative paper* - here
10. Envelope liner template kit* - here
* not pictured
Step 1: Stamp the folded card using the Watermark ink
Step 2: Placing a piece of paper underneath the folded card, sprinkle the gold embossing powder over the wet ink.
Set 3: Shake off the remaining embossing powder onto the paper away from the area where you will be using the embossing heat tool. Collecting all of the excess embossing powder on a sheet of plain paper helps to easily put it back into the container for later use. Use the paint brushes to brush away any excess powder that you don't want in your final stamp.
Step 4: Use the embossing heat tool to evenly heat the powder, creating the gold embossed look below
Step 5: Use the correct size envelope liner template to trace and cut the decorative paper to line the inside of the envelope
Step 6: Glue the paper, using a glue stick, to the inside of the envelope
Step 7: Create your own message on the inside of the folded card. Using different fonts, decorative lettering, imagery, symbols, additional colors, accent paper or whatever your heat desires is a good way to add a personal touch to your handmade cards.
Step 7: Seal, address, add postage and your all set to deliver your beautifully hand crafted creations!
Stay tuned for more pictures of the decorations from the shower in tomorrows post!