DIY (do-it-yourself) wedding invitations are an inexpensive alternative to purchasing invitations from a printer. Adding a decorative touch of embossing, raised lettering or design creates a classy detail usually found on professionally printed invitations. DIY invitations give you the flexibility to create exactly what you want as well as save costs. Heat embossing involves melting plastic-based powder onto paper and is easily done with a rubber stamp, watermark stamp pad and a heat gun. It’s helpful to practice before starting or plan to do a few test invitations before perfecting the final product.
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Things you need
- Printed wedding invitation
- Rubber stamp
- Watermark stamping pad
- Embossing powder
- Heat gun
Purchase an invitation kit from a craft store and customise and print your invitations on a printer. Take a sample invitation and determine where you want to add the embossed decorative designs. You may wish to add a bordered pattern around the text or flush to the left side, or add a small design such as a flower or fleur-de-lis at the top or in a corner of the invite.
Select a rubber stamp that depicts the design element you wish to emboss on your wedding invitation. You may want to use a coloured ink pad to test the stamp on an invitation. You can get an idea without the embossing for how the invite will look.
Using a watermark stamp pad, take the rubber stamp and stamp the design directly onto the invitation. The stamp’s imprint will appear clear and you’ll see the outline of the design. Don’t touch the freshly stamped design, as you will need it to remain sticky for the powder to cling.
Pour the plastic-based powder, found in craft stores, on top of the watermark stamps. Pour most of the container onto your invitation as you want more powder than less to cover the clear imprint of the stamp.
Lift up the invitation and pour the powder onto a piece of scrap paper. The powder that sticks to the invitation is what will get embossed. Take the scrap paper with the extra powder and form a funnel to put the unused powder back into the container.
Turn on your hot gun, also called an embossing tool, and let it warm up for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Hold the heat gun about 2 inches from the invitation, over the powder, allowing the heat to melt the powder. Move the heat gun in slow, steady movements and do not place too close to the paper or the paper will burn. Once the design is fully melted, you will see the embossing effect.
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