Designing the Invitations, Part 2: An Embossing Tutorial

Don’t worry; I won’t keep you guys in suspense!

You’ve previously seen the damask stamp I ordered from Impress Rubber Stamps on projects like our coasters. However, I originally purchased it when I was working on our invitation design last spring.

I showed you all the original designs we considered. But as I was designing all of those, as I mentioned, I decided I wanted something with a little more texture. Now it’s time to reveal the real thing.

Note: If you are invited to our wedding, please do not proceed beyond this point!

Our invitations were created in four stages:

  1. Print the wording onto cardstock
  2. Emboss the damask design
  3. Add ribbon
  4. Assemble cardstock pieces

For the first stage, I simply created a Microsoft Word document using the dimensions of my white cardstock and printed them all on my home printer.

The second stage was the longest, and so I bring the tutorial I promised in my coasters post! (Would you believe I took these step-by-step photos back in April, just in case I was ever blogging for Weddingbee one day? Ha!)


  • Stamp
  • Stamp pad – make sure it is pigment ink, not dye ink, as dye ink dries too quickly
  • Embossing powder – I used clear for this project
  • Heat gun
  • Stamp-a-Majig – Optional, but useful

The Stamp-a-Majig is a nifty tool that allows you to line up where you want to stamp before you actually stamp your image. I used it for the first few invitations, but I eventually got the hang of where I wanted the stamp to be without it. But, if you are using one, the first step is to line up your Stamp-a-Majig where you want your stamp to go. I also placed my invitation on top of a scrap piece of cardstock so I could stamp the edge of the paper and not stamp my table. (While I might not mind a damask dining room table, I have a feeling Mr. Fondue would.)

And then stamp!

After you have stamped one invitation, cover it in embossing powder. Be very generous. I used two pieces of folded cardstock for this step. One was used to pour and the other caught the excess powder. Then they would switch places for the next invitation.

Tap the paper a lot to get all the excess powder off the page.

You can go ahead and put powder on a lot of the pages before you heat them. I just lined them all up.

Then get your significant other to do something and melt the powder with the heat gun. It’s really easy to tell when the powder has been melted, but my gun takes a minute or two to heat up all the way.

You can tell in this shot that half of this one has been melted and half hasn’t.

And that’s all there is to heat embossing!

For the third stage, I just cut a strip of ribbon to the length I needed, ran some adhesive down it (I used Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive), and stuck it to the cardstock, with the ends folding over the edge of the paper.

Then in the fourth stage, I again used my Tombow to attach the white cardstock to the red, and the red to the pocketfold. Voila!

Here’s a close-up so you can see the texture.

Our programs will also be mimicking this design.

Have you used embossing in any of your DIY projects?


Ms Fondue

Wedding Date:
May 2009
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    Miss OceanBeach SF 181 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:54 pm

    @R: Make sure you are using pigment ink. Dye ink dries too quickly. It shouldn’t matter how long the powder stays on; it just matters that the ink is still wet for it to stick to it. 🙂

    @Miss Wedding Girl: The best ways to emboss the wording would be to either gocco the wording and then emboss, or get an embossing pen and go over each letter before applying the powder. I don’t think I would stamp the wording, simply because it may not come out clear and might be hard to read.

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    Evolution of a Menu Card » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 1:45 pm

    […] and this was now my new favorite menu card style. So, I designed something that was similar to our invitation design; however, I’m not embossing these, just printing them […]

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    Soon2BWashington 23 posts, Newbee @ 5:58 pm

    I absolutely love this tutorial and will definitely be embossing for my invitations!! I ordered the same stamp from impressrubberstamps but it was too light. Did you order your ink from there and what brand did you use?

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    rosales11 1 posts, Wannabee @ 8:30 pm

    hi! first of all I love your invites!! they are beautiful!
    I was hoping you could help me by telling me which kind of embossing powder you used? I see that there is several at Joann’s but I wanted to know which one exactly you used. And how much do you think im going to need to make.500 invotes? Also, since I am going to be making about 500 invites, I was also wondering about how long did your ink pad last before drying out of ink? I would really appreciate the help! 🙂

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