*Today we have a guest post from one of our colleagues here at St. Martin’s Press. Welcome Erin and thank you for sharing your project!*
It’s June, which means wedding season is in full swing and our mailboxes are full of thick, heavy envelopes from soon-to-be-wed couples.
Now, I love a beautiful, personalized wedding invitation as much as the next person. But when the time came to think about my own invitations, I realized I also really loved staying in budget and protecting my sanity. I wanted to send my friends and family something that reflected my fiancé and me, but I didn’t want to spend a small fortune or every spare minute to do it.
So I took what I knew about myself (I’m not a calligrapher, but I can print out color copies on nice paper like a pro) and researched some easy ways to make a simply-made invitation a specially-made one as well.
In the process, I fell in love with embossing. I love how it gives depth to what is otherwise just a flat piece of paper, and I love how difficult it is to mess up. It was fun, it was fool-proof, and it even ended up being one of my favorite parts about planning the wedding. Plus, I didn’t have to go into the red to do it. (Well, technically I went into the dark red, but that’s just because it was one of the colors I’d chosen for my wedding!)
First, I designed the components to my invitation and, after a few paper jams, printed them successfully on nice paper stock on a color copier.
Then, I turned card-stock into a mini-folder and used an embosser to imprint it with my fiancé’s and my initials. I wanted to add some texture to the invitation pieces themselves, so I used the embosser on the back flap of the RSVP cards as well. You can get a custom embosser online for around $30, and with different interchangeable plates, you can use it for everything from a book stamp to a monogram. (Word to the wise: Keep the image or words you’re imprinting simple so the embossed message stays legible.)
Finally, I finished with a raffia ribbon.
And there you have it. Embossing is an easy and affordable way to put your own stamp on an invitation or a card.
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