Get This (Gocco) Party Started!

This past weekend Miss K came over from Dallas to hang out, visit old friends and of course, have a killer Gocco party! I have to admit, I was a little scared of when this moment would come. After all, these were going to be THE invitations and there was NO turning back. However, we got SO much done this weekend and it couldn’t have turned out better!

I have to thank her times a million for her help! If you happen to see her in the big D, thank her again for me, will ya? Okay, just kidding! :)

We started off our adventure at the cupcake shop, since I had some gift cards that were about to expire. So, we bought cupcakes”¦ lots of them.

We also got last minute supplies for invitations at Michaels. (I used my 25% off entire purchase coupon, which you can find in any Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.)

Then, with our 8.5×11 Stardream paper in hand, we went to Kinko’s (my no fail place to get the paper cut perfectly) to get the Stardream chopped up into the invitation sized pieces we wanted.

Unfortunately, due to finals at LSU and holiday shipping, Kinko’s was too busy to cut right then and there. There would be a 2-3 hour wait. The problem was, we couldn’t really wait. Mr. Ballet Flat’s genius self mentioned Office Depot across the street. I called them to see if they could do it, and they said yes!! Then, I asked for prices and it was CHEAPER than Kinko’s. The only problem was that their machine was older and *slightly* off in measurements. However, it’s nothing too noticeable, I think.

Then, our Gocco party really got started! Check out the cupcakes we were eating up during the Gocco party!


We worked on Goccoing the gold fleur de lis on the bronze paper for the invitation background first. Then, we made the RSVPs on the opal paper. Here are the RSVPs sitting out to dry. I had to mix turquoise with a little bit of black ink to achieve the teal color I wanted. Unfortunately, Riso retired the teal ink color and I couldn’t find it online!



I was really tempted to do fun RSVPs with silly replies for options, but Mr. Ballet Flat was TOTALLY against that idea (as it might confuse the older guests).


When the RSVPs were drying, we started taping the bronze paper backing to the pocketfolds. We just used simple Scotch double-sided tape to do the job. Cheap, and it works!


Then, we placed the vellum invites over the bronze backing, using bronze brads to attach them. We used a tiny 1/16”³ hole puncher to make the holes in the paper for the brads to go through.


Here’s a look at our invitations. Sorry about the shadow, that’s my hand on the camera! We printed white ink on vellum. It ended up drying with a nice shimmer, and while it may be hard to read on its own, the bronze backing provides some great readability (oh gosh, I feel like a Bud Light commercial”¦you know, drinkability? Ha ha!).


We used only two brads on top in case our guests are curious to see both sheets separately, and plus, it’s a little cheaper that way.

So far, I really LOVE the way these turned out. I had trouble visualizing them, but between my ideas, Mr. Ballet Flat’s and Miss K’s, these invitations are da bomb! (Back-track to high school here!)

Next on the list? We’ll Gocco the return address on the RSVP envelopes and Gocco the map/directions card as well! Stay tuned!

Have you been a little intimidated by a DIY project, only for it to turn out BETTER than you expected?


Mrs. Ballet Flat

New Orleans
Wedding Date:
May 2015
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  1. meatball Member
    meatball 624 posts, Busy bee @ 3:29 pm

    Wow lookie you with your mad gocco skillz and lovely invitations! Great work, I am so impressed!

  2. greentea Member
    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 3:30 pm

    ooo! the overlay totally turned me on, nicely done!

  3. deviledegg Member
    deviledegg 1250 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:38 pm

    They look great! I absolutely LOVE how you did the overlay. Your Gocco skills are very impressive!

  4. mssushi Member
    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:41 pm

    I love how eyelets attatch the vellum to the invite. Nice touch!

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    Kenzie, Guest @ 3:42 pm


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    Vic004 804 posts, Busy bee @ 3:45 pm

    Wow they look so beautiful!!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:15 pm

    WOW! Those are freakin’ fantastic! I love the velum overlay :) GREAT JOB LADIES!

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    Shaila, Guest @ 4:24 pm

    Those look great! My kinko’s cutting machine is actually more “off” than Office Depot. I just thought that was funny!

  9. hotcocoa Member
    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:26 pm

    These are fabulous. I haven’t tried Goccoing on vellum, and now I’ll have to.

  10. peeptoe Member
    peeptoe 1804 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:33 pm

    Wow. So impressed.

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    Newport Nuptials, Guest @ 4:57 pm

    These came out amazing, makes me wish I had a gocco!

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    Lauren, Guest @ 5:09 pm

    Miss BF — since you’re clearly a Gocco pro (and please don’t anyone maul me) can you give me the pros and cons of doing a Gocco invite suite vs. say on my computer? I’m going to DIY my invitations and am trying to see the difference between the Gocco (which are beautiful don’t get me wrong!!) and my HP LaserJet. Thanks for your insight!!

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    88Mwifey, Guest @ 5:27 pm

    Hi everyone! I’m new to this site (and crafty-wedding things in general), but what it Gocco? These invitations are beautiful, and I would love to be able to do something like this. Is it hard?
    Thanks guys! Reading all of these blogs really makes me confident that I can make my wedding beautiful on a soldier’s budget :)

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    88Mwifey 60 posts, Worker bee @ 5:31 pm

    I just wanted to add…beautiful colors Miss BF!

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    balletflat 852 posts, Busy bee @ 5:35 pm

    Thanks everyone for the compliments!! :)

    @Lauren: Lauren, no flames here! I’m hardly a pro, but I can say in what I’ve seen on here and done, here’s pro’s and cons.

    Pros: can use metallic ink, light ink on dark paper, can use on precut sheets very easily, and it just gives a little bit of texture to projects

    Cons: it can be pricey, especially now that the Gocco has been discontinued. It’s very hard to come by supplies, much less machines.

    @88Mwifey: A Gocco is a screen printing type of printer. The machine will “burn” a screen based on the copy you put on it and from there, you ink the screen and individually print each sheet. Reminds me a lot of a giant stamp. It’s not hard at all, in my opinion. I was intimidated by the machine but I’m so glad that I just went out and used it. You can definitely make your wedding BEAUTIFUL on a budget! I’m carefully on a budget as well!!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:51 pm

    They look wonderful!!! :) Love the overlay.

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:51 pm

    ps- I want to eat those cupcakes now!!!!! Yum.

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    kathy, Guest @ 7:55 pm

    Great work, the overlay looks really nice!

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    futbolher 3 posts, Wannabee @ 8:08 pm

    I am interested in doing this myself now but am a bit intimidated. Exactly what items do you need with the Gocco to do this? THanks!

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    crabcake 834 posts, Busy bee @ 8:43 pm

    They are gorgeous!!! I wish I could justify gocco! It’s so gorgeous!

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    Why I Might Need a Gocco « I Now Pronounce You Bride and Blog, Guest @ 8:32 am

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    balletflat 852 posts, Busy bee @ 8:51 am

    @Anonymous: You need the gocco, some screens to burn the image on, bulbs to burn the image and ink to ink the screen. Of course, you need precut paper as well. :)

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    Globetrotting Bride, Guest @ 9:29 am

    Oh how I drool over those Gocco project. The invites are stunning. I love the overlay.

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    Kini, Guest @ 2:17 pm

    Those are really beautiful!

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    mssnapdragon 267 posts, Helper bee @ 12:52 am

    Oh pretty pretty!

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    bgrijalva89 1 posts, Wannabee @ 1:51 pm

    So this might be really late, of course, its been 3 years! Congrats on your wedding. I was wondering if your brads were the ones that snap together or if they were the ones that you uhm…I don’t know how to explain it…lol, like the ones with the two sticks that you fold tight against the paper, like a manila folder. Thank you! 😀

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