The day after Mr. Gloss proposed I was online buying a Gocco and a ridiculous amount of supplies. I had been eying them after seeing the amazing invitations made by previous bees and stalking the Gocco Flickr stream like every day. When it arrived on my doorstep I didn’t really have anything that I needed to mass-produce, but I couldn’t wait to try out my new toy! Enter Paper Source, a girls bestest friend. I walked out with waay too many flat and folded cards (with matching envelopes of course) with the excuse that I would make amazingly cute notecards for a friend’s upcoming birthday.

Without further ado, my first Gocco experience-

To start I watched this fantastic explanatory video. I really think this lady has been exposed to way too many gocco flashes. Although, I’m not going to lie – I enjoy her immensely and have found myself watching other Paper Source tutorials just to get more of her rediculousness!

I had made my design in illustrator and had decided to start with something simple - but I'm also way cheap and wanted to expose two cards for the price of one; I haven't printed the second card yet because I need to wash the first screen so it doesn't get on the SECOND print. But this is the first one - Kate Spade inspired obviously!

The pictures don't do it justice, (I swear I actually have a half-decent camera), apparently I just suck at taking pictures. Anyways this is the final product, the text says "just dropping a line..." and the navy ink for the arrow is actually embossed, so it's raised just a little bit off the page which I think gives it a little extra pizzaz.

So this is my inked screen, red and navy since it's kind of a nautical theme...you can just barely see the second image in the center. (actually probably not at all, but it's there! also please note the fantastic barbie pink mani.)

And the completed set, I also did little arrows on the envelopes; I should have done these first and then added the second ink (red) and done the cards, but I wasn't thinking - so I just put down scrap paper each time I printed and now have tons of little pieces of paper that say "just dropping a line..."

Same day – new project, inspired after a trip to Michael’s where I found this super cute dress stamp.

Again, sorry for the blurry photo. These were the "Will you be my bridesmaid?" cards I had for my ladies. I got the stamp, cards, ink pad and embossing powder at Michaels. Corner punch via Friskers at Jo Ann fabric? Oh and the most important part - the HEAT GUN, at Michaels too.
Really it's so easy -
1. stamp card.
2. pour powder on wet ink.
3. shake off excess power.
4. apply heat gun until the power/ink combo gets shiny and raised.
5. DONE.

Anyways it looks so much harder than it is and it takes so little effort for such a great result!


WideEyedBride said...

I want one! Can you "make your own" colors or do you have to stick to the inks they give you?

Anonymous said...

You can definitely mix your own colors - it's just like mixing paint! They have quite a few colors too though, some stores carry different varieties than others so check a few places before you decide they don't have what you are looking for.