Artichoke in Gestation

And here’s a look at the process of making our invitations, which went out last month. I know, so fun. I won’t go through the nitty gritty of using a Gocco because you find that in plenty of other places, but here are some highlights.

(“Highlights” may be overstating the case, but nevertheless, we shall muddle through.)

We started with our artichoke image.



(copyrighted by Bobbi Angell—do not use without permission!)

I wanted to use the artichoke on all three parts of our invitation suite—main invitation, schedule of events, RSVP card—but not the same exact image.

So my friend used Adobe Illustrator to create two alternate images to this main one—one with a close up of the bottom portion of the stems, and one with just the smaller artichoke on the right of the image.

As you probably don’t recall, I purchased Strathmore Natural White 130 lb. cover paper from Limited Papers, and had the company pre-cut my paper into 5 x 5 cards for the invitations and schedules, and 3.5 x 5 cards for the RSVP cards.

Before I could start Goccoing my heart out, those suckers needed to get rounded corners. So I took my handy rounded corner punch, and rounded away.


Observe the hubris from the mighty corner punch at the bottom of the picture. Below is a blank, rounded RSVP card:


Now that the paper was prepped, I needed to burn me a mean artichoke on the Gocco screen by flashing really scary bulbs through the screen and image.* The abridged version (and check out those veins just poppin’ outta my arm!):


Then, I inked the screen. This was fun, mostly because it was the least stress-inducing step of using the Gocco.


Then, we went from this:


To this (blank one on top, printed one on bottom—to point out the obvious):


But whoa-ho? Where be the text, yo? (I’m a little tired right now.) I created the text in Word, using Vera Humana 95 and Day Roman fonts. We then burnt an image of the text onto a new screen, inked it, worked some more Gocco magic, and voila!


Kinda cool, huh? Admit it, you’re really impressed with me. Say it!!

Next up is the full invitation suite.

*I try to spread this around as much as possible, but if you don’t want to use the bulbs and/or cannot find Gocco screens and bulbs, you can still totally use your Gocco—see this great post on Unless Someone Like You about a DIY Gocco screen.


Mrs. Pug

New York City/Half Moon Bay, CA
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March 2010
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  1. Member
    Rocktsrgn 494 posts, Helper bee @ 4:21 pm

    Confession: When I first saw your artichoke, I thought it was a little weird. But I was sooo wrong – it looks AWESOME! Nice job!

  2. sewing Member
    sewing 2649 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:22 pm

    ooh that gocco is some pretty fancy stuff. i can’t manage to get such fine lines on the yudu. i love how the artichoke came out! and i love the vein-popping intensity in which you created them!

  3. frozen yogurt Member
    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:22 pm

    I’m SO impressed, that looks awesome!! I don’t know how to Gocco to save my life.

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    Arachna 1275 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:25 pm

    I admit it! I’m impressed!

    Question on the hole punch, do you like it? The amazon reviews are bad…

  5. misspug Member
    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:28 pm

    @Rocktsrgn: thanks for your confession and compliment. but i don’t forget very easily. kidding!
    @Arachna: i really like the rounded corner puncher. it’s hefty so it cuts through the paper easily, and it’s done a great job for me so far. i’ve heard that the little thumb onces can get kind of painful after a while.
    @Miss Sewing: i took some steroids before i gocco’d. kidding! totally kidding!
    @Miss Frozen Yogurt: you’d love it, miss i make ribbon wands from scratch.

  6. spaniel Member
    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 4:29 pm

    That looks amazing. Hooray for artichokes!

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    peachybride 124 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:34 pm

    Wow your artichoke looks fantastic in that gorgeous green color and that slightly imposing size! I was picturing it as a little motif centered at the top of a bunch of text, but this is SO much better!

  8. hamster Member
    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 4:39 pm

    Yay! Looks awesome. I’d been waiting for your invitation posts. No pressure or anything…

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    Miss Burgundy 1417 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:40 pm

    Pugsy you are freaking amazing. They look totally professional! You’ve inspired me to get a Gocco! But I won’t tell FI you inspired me, because you might get some major hate mail from him for fueling my already-unhealthy stationary/pretty paper obsession.

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:46 pm

    That looks amazing! I love love love love love your artichoke drawing- it’s gorgeous!

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    Christine, Guest @ 4:47 pm

    Man that is gorgeous! gorgeous artichoke print, and beautiful beautiful cards. Jealous!

  12. misspug Member
    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:47 pm

    @peachybride: thanks! the other parts of the invite have actually even more imposing artichokes, heehee.
    @Miss Hamster: anything for you, hammy.
    @Miss Burgundy: haha–let me tell you mr. pug was *very* resistant when i said i wanted to make my own invites. stand strong!

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    Christine, Guest @ 4:48 pm

    Also? Yum, sign me up for one of each meal please. Holy yum batman.

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    Rocktsrgn 494 posts, Helper bee @ 5:01 pm

    @Miss Pug: lol! I’m sorry! I think that came off a bit harsh on my end! What I MEANT to say was that I didn’t “get” the artichoke at first, but your skillz have shown me my error. :)

  15. potatochips Member
    potatochips 1193 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:03 pm

    This is amazing!! And we’re such huge artichoke fans..we considered using them on our invites too!

  16. guineapig Member
    guineapig 1375 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:03 pm

    Oooh, I love the artichoke! I’m very impressed Pug – I thought you said you weren’t crafty!? You lied!! These are awesome 😀

  17. msgiraffe Member
    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 5:05 pm

    Wow! So awesome!

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    ekittle 61 posts, Worker bee @ 5:15 pm

    How neat, love the artichoke!!! and the color scheme! Nice job!

  19. trailmix Member
    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:20 pm

    I am SO impressed. I should have you do all my paper products. Seriously gorgeous!

  20. cardigan Member
    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:35 pm

    I am VERY impressed!!!

  21. lace Member
    lace 702 posts, Busy bee @ 6:09 pm

    Love this! I want to get a Gocco now too!

  22. penguin Member
    penguin 3490 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:48 pm

    You make me hot for Gocco.

  23. Member
    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:01 pm

    love the gestating artichoke image. good work!

  24. Member
    mander411 735 posts, Busy bee @ 7:21 pm

    freaking awesome! that looks so nice. No matter how many posts I see on ppl using their gocco, I will never understand it!

  25. pudding Member
    pudding 1183 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:27 pm

    Love the artichoke!

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    jaybird12 315 posts, Helper bee @ 7:47 pm

    I personally love artichokes (eating them!), but who knew they could be so elegant? I’m very impressed.

  27. cola Member
    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:09 pm

    You have the most beautiful artichoke ever! :)

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    EMARILU 322 posts, Helper bee @ 8:19 pm

    Artichokes not the most common, but I absolutely love it. Your invites look very elegant. I gotta be honest I’ve never heard of Gocco before the hive, n its very interesting to see all the awesome projects the hive ladies have done. Great job.

  29. peeptoe Member
    peeptoe 1804 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:22 pm

    Color me impressed. Love the artichokes. In fact I had me one last night. So good. LOVE your invites.

  30. mspencils Member
    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:28 pm

    geezus. these rock. artichokes=the new peony/damask/everything cliche.

  31. cheeseburger Member
    cheeseburger 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:39 pm

    i second pencils!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:33 pm

    so that’s how you used the artichoke! nice job pugs!

  33. msswan Member
    msswan 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:05 pm

    Yes. I am impressed with you. You have mad skillz!

  34. Member
    3pugmama 152 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:10 am

    what up with those man hands. they’re normally so dainty-looking. all the better to churn out 100s of gocco’d stationary.

  35. sprinkle Member
    sprinkle 542 posts, Busy bee @ 1:00 am

    I love your artichoke. We grow them in our yard… not to eat, but to pick and use for lovely decor!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 2:03 am

    nice! is there a way to produce a ‘watermark’ effect using a Gocco so that, for example, the artichoke would appear paler compared to the text?

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    ssiriano 13 posts, Newbee @ 7:37 am

    I am with a couple of the other bees when I say that I wasn’t totally sold on the artichoke, but these turned out really beautiful and unique. Who new an artichoke would be so lovely? You knew!

  38. misspug Member
    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:44 am

    @mrspaetz: good question! in adobe illustrator, you can reduce the opacity of the image. we did that for the other parts of the invitation suite, but for this one the image wasn’t coming out so we had to do full opacity (i think reduced opacity didn’t work as well because the image had been blown up and lost too much definition)
    @ssiriano: yes, i am a visionary. :)

  39. piglet Member
    piglet 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:57 am

    i’m impressed, pug! i never get tired of gocco action. hopefully, we see your big reveal today!

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    andrea, Guest @ 2:03 pm

    Here’s a link to more artichoke wedding inspiration:

    Don’t know if you’ve seen it already or not… but thought I’d pass it along.

  41. misspug Member
    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:38 pm

    @andrea: i hadn’t seen this before, thanks!

  42. frog Member
    frog 505 posts, Busy bee @ 2:47 pm

    Every time I see someone Gocco, I think – okay, yes, I need to buy that. But somehow I manage to talk myself out of it. Your post has reignited the flame…damnit. :)

  43. mouse Member
    Mrs. Mouse 5689 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:10 pm

    I effing love it. That is all.

  44. Guest Icon Guest
    You Can’t Resist the Artichoke | Weddingbee, Guest @ 6:53 pm

    […] more artichoke. If you commented on the previous post, do it again […]

  45. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:21 pm

    I also love this! Artichoke is the new black :)

  46. Member
    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 10:48 pm

    @Miss Pug: ahh. okay. you’re such a Gocco expert!

  47. Member
    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:45 am

    Okay, okay, I’ll say it: I’m really impressed with you! And your artichoke! Darnit….now I’m hungry again!

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    ddw 9008 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:43 pm

    I ran across this today and thought of you :)
    I’d forgotten it – but love Neruda’s poetry!

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