This time of year it seems like I need an abundance of wedding cards to have on hand, and why would I buy any when I can make unique, customized wedding cards at home? I have all the supplies and if I don't have the time to spend coloring and cutting out stamped images, I can still create a great card by heat embossing the image instead. It's always a nice "wow" factor and is sure to please the recipient!
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How to make your own wedding cards
- Line image stamp - the one I'm using is from Stamping Bella and is called Uptown COUPLE Brett and Brenda get MARRIED
- Black card stock
- White pigment ink (or VersaMark)
- Detail white embossing powder (recommended - it's finer than regular embossing powder and picks up more detail which is key with a line image like this)
- Embossing Buddy
- Heat tool (VERY important - a hair dryer will not work for heat embossing!)
- Card stock, patterned papers, embellishments of choice
First off, when embossing I highly recommend an Embossing Buddy. They go by a variety of names (Magic Bag, powder tool, etc.), and are necessary to getting the best results when using embossing powders. If you don't own one, cornstarch applied with a fluffy brush works great. Basically all you need to do is coat the card stock with the powder from your Embossing Buddy to help remove any static before you stamp and apply embossing powder. That way the embossing powder sticks just to the inked image and not all over the card stock.
After stamping the image with white pigment ink (which I prefer when embossing with white embossing powder -- in case I miss any spots the white pigment ink can hide that), pour on the detail white embossing powder and heat with your heat tool. You'll know the powder is melted when the image has a raised, shiny surface and there aren't any "grainy" areas -- if there are, heat them until they're melted.
I use a coffee filter to catch the stray embossing powder and funnel it back into the container.
Add some patterned paper to your card.
I've had this Authentique Irresistible 6 "x 6" pack for some time (I'm a bit of a patterned paper hoarder!), and it's perfect for DIY wedding cards. I cut down a couple of different patterns to fit on my card front and then matted them with a piece of black card stock.
This Stamping Bella image comes with a "Congratulations" stamp, so to incorporate that onto my card I stamped it with the same white pigment ink onto a strip of lightweight vellum. I heat embossed it using the same steps as the main image.
When it comes to attaching vellum to cards, you need to hide where it's adhered as any adhesive (even those that claim to be invisible, or specifically for vellum - I have yet to find an adhesive that doesn't show through vellum) will show through.
One of my "go-to" methods for attaching vellum is to wrap it around my card front and tape it down. Then when I adhere the card front to the card base it's all hidden and you can't see the mess behind it.
I dug through my stash and pulled out several paper and fabric flowers to embellish my card. You can die cut your own flowers from card stock, patterned paper, felt or fabric, or hand cut if you don't have dies. The majority of the paper and fabric flowers I have are by Prima and are sold at Michaels and most major craft stores.
I used brads to attach the flowers. Brads seem to be fading in popularity in the paper crafting world, being replaced by enamel dots (which I love), but nothing attaches embellishments like Prima Flowers better than a brad!
As a final touch I added a little red enamel heart beside the sentiment. I thought it added a cute pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic card. You could easily punch or die cut a small heart from red card stock and coat with Glossy Accents if you don't have these embellishments.
In my opinion a card is never finished until the inside is finished! I keep the insides of my card fairly simple. In this case, I stamped the main image with a light gray ink. That way it's still light enough that you can write over it and see what you've written.
Finished! With the high contrast of the white embossing on black card stock, the image pops without any extra coloring needed.
Even with the detail and all the embellishment, this card came together quite quickly! That's my favorite type of card -- one that looks like it took a lot of time and effort, but in reality didn't. I hope you will try out embossing line image stamps rather than coloring them in on your next card!