Creating your own paper goods for your wedding can be great way to cut costs, but where do you start if you want to go more of the handmade route and don’t own a letterpress printing machine or a gocco? Well, leave it to Laurie Cinotto to show us how to create an adorable set of “Save the Dates” without breaking the bank. I love the concept of “printing by hand” and like so many of Laurie’s other projects the possibilites are endless. Invitations, napkins, coasters, table runners – you name it and it can be done. Enjoy!
square from each corner. This will leave a tab, one inch wide, on the
end of your paper.
alphabet punches to punch out all of your letters for your stamp from
your adhesive backed foam. You’ll want the sticky, paper coated side
to be on the face (front side) of the letters. (see figure 5)
to add to your stamp. I chose two deer craft punches for my stamp,
but you can use any image or motif to coordinate with your wedding
theme. You can also draw any image onto your foam and cut it out
with an X-Acto knife or small pair of scissors to create something
paper back, and stick your letters and images on your acrylic block. Be
sure that your letters and images are in reverse and use the guides
printed on the block to keep things straight. If your block isn’t
ruled, lay your block over a sheet of graph paper while you work. (see
using a pigment ink pad. I prefer to use a smaller one rather than a
large pad. I find it’s a little easier to control the application of
ink with the smaller. (see figure 7)
Place the paper on a smooth, even surface. Place the inked side of
your stamp on the paper and press firmly. Carefully remove. If
you’re pleased, ink up again, lay your creased and folded card stock
flat, and stamp just below the middle crease. (see figure 8 and 9)
Take a pencil eraser, dab it on an ink pad, and stamp a dot on the
calender to mark your date. (see figure 10)
(see figure 12) Fold it flat to fit in an envelope along with any
other information or details you would like to send to your guests.
envelopes, place cards or any other paper products. You can use fabric
inks instead of pigment inks to stamp on fabric napkins, table cloths
or table runners. The possibilities are endless.
they are printed using the foam stamps, they have a quality similar to
a silk screened image. When you are through with your project, you
can remove your letters and images, clean with alcohol, and use again.
Laurie, Once Wed wouldn’t be where it is today without you! Thank you for always being so generous with your time, talents, and resources.