paper*punch*press discovers embossing

I went to Paper Source yesterday to buy supplies for the wedding invitation order I'm currently working on and, as usual, left with all that was on my list...and then some, including this embossing heat tool. As far as invitations go, I've actually never been all that seduced by lettering that was either raised on top of (for example engraving or thermography) or pressed into the paper (letterpress). Flat printing is just fine by me (although I have to admit I'd love to one day offer my customers with a couple of these options). But I was totally sold on the detail added by embossed stamping and left the store with the heat tool, a watermark pad, a new rubber stamp, and some embossing powder. My first embossing experiment involved tweaking the customized Halloween party invites I posted last week. Here's what I came up with instead:

I reserved the embossed detail for the outer envelope, just above the return address label, echoed on the invite itself and pairing nicely with the punched out bat border.

And today I tweaked the third set of mini notes I posted several weeks ago.  I thought I'd play with the yellow and blue color combo but just couldn't quite get the blue ink to match.  I love the paper paired like that but I may need to introduce a third, darker color (purple, perhaps?) for the actual printing of the text.  What I came up with instead are these yellow and purple mini thank you notes (calling card size - each measures 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches) with the embossed butterfly stamp in the lower right-hand corner:

Here's  a detail of the embossed butterfly stamp:

Both items are available in my Etsy shop: the customized invites are $25 for a set of 12 and the butterfly mini notes are $5 for a set of 10.  I have a couple of ideas for new wedding invitation designs that will incorporate the embossing tool into my current process so stay tuned for that!

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