Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A bit of crafty goodness

A few weeks ago, I purchased a Print Gocco. A dying breed, yes, but I found it just too tempting when I started thinking of engagement invitations and wedding stationery.

So, I pulled out my Ebay hat and took the plunge. Jon and I designed a little invite to print based on the Mexican tradition of papel picado, or cut paper flags. Very sweet and quite detailed, these flags are used for many celebrations in Mexico, hung as bunting across the space.

However, it soon dawned on me that my precious Gocco parcel wasn't going to make it in time to learn the basics, test, print and send engagement invites. After some pacing up and down the living room and considering several mad alternatives (potato stamps, anyone?) I decided, last weekend, to pull out all the paper-crafty stops I could think of and make the papel picado the traditional way - but in miniature. Madness, but I am soooo pleased with the result.

Tools ready to go - notice the awesome paper punch to do the scalloped edging!

Testing out the detail with a pattern and scalpel

Piles and piles of papel picado!

Stuck on the cards and ready to trim

...and here's the finished product. Lovely! What do you think?

18 comments:

Kirrily said...

ohhhhh tooo cute Emma!

Allana said...

oh my!! They look fantastic, your hard work paid off :)

nyjolejewellery said...

Wow Emma just gorgeous. So much work went into making them, well done.

Caitlin said...

So cute - can I ask why Mexican?

Carmel said...

They are beautiful Emma-Well done.

Penny said...

Holy crap! That would have taken AGES! Makes me hope you didn't have too many people to invite! They look awesome. Nice one.

Jess said...

Haaha, what Penny said!!

They look very cool though, well done!

Cloud said...

Emma they are amazing! If this is the effort you go to for engagement party invites the wedding is going to be stunning.

incalesco said...

What an insane amount of work, they look fantastic

lafemmejewels said...

gorgeous invites, very personal knowing you have handmade each one with love.

planettreasures said...

they are lovely and so special.

NeverEverEmma said...

Thanks so much everyone! I really appreciate your kind words.

Caitlin - in answer to your question - my fiancee is from Mexico!

Kate said...

Super crazy, but amazing!
I, too, bought a Gocco on eBay some years ago - it is not that easy to use to begin with, so you made a really good decision anyway!

Shine Little Light* said...

They look superb! I think you've used one of my favourite fonts as well!
*s*

michvanetta said...

so lovely Emma!

Jo (ruby-jo) said...

Wow you have been busy. They look great!

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helena / little mo said...

far out emma! That's crazily insane! I don't think I would have the patience like you to do all those paper cuts! They look lovely though!