Hi Mrs. Bee!
Just wanted to write real quick and show you our gocco’d save the dates and invitations. I know you posted a while ago regarding the Japanese silk screening toy, but thought you and your readers would like to see a finished product! I did the design work and my fiance helped with gocco’ing, cutting, and assembling. All paper was purchased at Paper Source.
Save the date
Save the date envelope
Save the date final
Save the Dates
Designed in Illustrator. White ink gocco’d onto red cardstock. Photobooth pictures were taken on my iMac and then photoshopped into strips, printed, cut, and glued onto the red cardstock. I like that it tells a little fairytale story, is clean, simple, and straight forward.
We saw a design we both really liked at PaperSource. I went home and recreated all the paths in Illustrator from a crappy cell phone pic I took of it, and comped out a design that was a a bit different from the original. I wanted more oomph! I burned two screens for our invitation. One of the pink border, which I stamped twice on each card. And the text was burned onto another screen and gocco’d separately in brown ink once the border designs were done.
RSVP’s were done in a similar fashion. I scaled down the paths to fit the RSVP card. Designed it in Illustrator. Googled the appropriate dingbats for the cow, fish and carrot illustrations. One screen was burned, the two colors blocked off and cards gocco’d in one run.
The Map/Directions/Accommodations were designed in Illustrator and printed on an inkjet printer. There was just too much tiny text on the back to gocco it successfully.
Labels were designed on fullsheet mailing labels. I used the same path design from the invitation but kept it scaled large so that each label, once cut, would be a little different.
We gocco’d our return address in pink ink on the mailing envelope rather than use another label. I thought it’d look cleaner that way even though it was more work. (Sorry hunnie!)
It was a lot of work but we were really happy with the results! And I finally got a chance to use my gocco machine! I had heard about it a few years ago and got one for my birthday, but never used it till now. I have to say it came in handy and I’m glad I held out on using it since I used up all my screens + bulbs! I have some tips for those interested in gocco’s but that will have to wait and come in another email.