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The Wedding Files: Gocco Coasters and CD Favors

Dear Readers, you are certainly sick and tired of reading about our wedding! You have my promise that this is the last wedding craft post, and it includes a project most people thought was funny but some people found kind of sick and weird: coasters with our faces on them.

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When we were researching invitations, we saw a few that featured instead of a nice paisley motif or floral flourish a letterpress rendition of the couple's faces. It's a matter of taste, of course, but it was arguably a little strange and maybe even tacky or narcissistic. But after completing our invitations, I was on a little bit of a roll with the Gocco, and was scouring the universe of things that could be printed and images we could use.

The bike we had used for the invitations and totes was altered (by pixel and pen) from some clipart found online. Then I remembered playing with the Stamp filter in Photoshop, which allows you to turn a photo into an image that appears to be stamped. These images, which do not contain much gradation, are perfect for Gocco. And one of our first experiments with the filter was with a photo of us, and it turned out so well we decided we had to use it somehow. (And honestly, I was getting a lazy at this point and didn't feel like experimenting with 5000 different images).

We used a photo of us taken at Carrie M.'s wedding:

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But how to avoid the narcissism issue? Well, maybe it's still a little narcissistic, but, erm, what wedding isn't a LITTLE bit that way? But to address it, we decided to put ourselves on something lowly and utilitarian. Napkins? No, because we knew our venue had cloth napkins and we wouldn't want to create waste by introducing paper ones. Why not coasters? Sure, we'll hold your drink, on our faces! Yeah! Funny, not narcissistic (I think).

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Plus we knew our venue would be using paper coasters anyway. We also came up with a plan to do two other designs, one of the Brooklyn Bridge, and one of (yes, sadly) our cat.

Problem is, at some point during coastermaking, I ran out of steam with the Gocco. I had already completed the invitations and tote bags at that point, and the wedding was approaching fast. And I had done the coasters of us, but none of the others. Oh. Well.

Anyway, here they are being put to excellent use at the wedding by Carrie, Sandra, and Marie:

coasters in use

Plain paper coasters for stamping or Goccoing can be purchased online at Blockheads

The final Gocco project of the wedding was a labor of love, as the day was drawing near and we were both getting tired. This idea was almost directly ripped off from these folks, and Debbie was helpful in pointing us in the direction of the kraft paper cases, which are from Calumet Carton. The CDs were a joint project - we came up with the playlist together, Chris burned and printed the CDs, and I laid out the CD design and printed the covers with Gocco. The tree image was taken at Valentino Pier, where we got married. I accidentally used fabric ink for the title, which is why it's so splotchy. Whoops.

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So that's it for the wedding craft debrief! I hope this didn't bore you too much!


Posted by jess at November 14, 2009 8:40 AM | TrackBack
Comments

I think the face coasters are pretty good kitschy fun.

Posted by: Sarah at November 14, 2009 11:35 AM

Not boring! That is really pretty dang awesome. But you and that Gocco might need to be separated before you print a design on the cat.

Posted by: meem at November 14, 2009 11:38 AM

I think they're pretty clever and cute! You're right, all weddings are a bit that way so why not ham it up a bit and put your skills to good use. The CD is a fantastic idea. The sleeve looks great!

Posted by: bells at November 14, 2009 2:59 PM

I maintain that you had the coolest, hippest, most awesomest wedding ever. I hope mine is half as cool someday.

Posted by: rachel at November 14, 2009 3:44 PM

Personally, I love the wedding craft round up. I am considering working as a photo assist for a friend just so I can see other people's wedding choices. I think yours have been brilliant so far.

Posted by: Mamie at November 14, 2009 4:13 PM

I love reading about your wedding crafts, not tired of it at all! Everything looked so great and I think the coasters were a fun touch.

Posted by: Amanda at November 14, 2009 4:44 PM

I've loved seeing your posts about the wedding crafts - and they were all fantastic!

Posted by: Melissa at November 14, 2009 5:21 PM

Not boring at all!

Posted by: la chica alta at November 14, 2009 6:53 PM

Your craftiness is so classy and not at all over the top. I'm sure the guests loved it!

Posted by: grumperina at November 14, 2009 7:37 PM

Those are too awesome! Definitely funny and not at all narcississsississtic. Love the CD idea as well - I just clicked over to Flickr and read the track list for it - what an amazing playlist!!

Posted by: jane at November 15, 2009 3:57 AM

I love your wedding craft round ups - I love all of it and it has made me think 2010 is the year of goco for me!

Posted by: Lara at November 15, 2009 8:37 AM

I love the crafty update (and late congrats on the nuptials). I didn't know you could buy blank coasters...for sis' 40th, after not finding anything online, we ended up getting beer ones from a local bar, then gluing an invitation on top.
I wonder if you looked at Yudu instead of Gocco? If you did, would you mind blogging why you went with Gocco?

Posted by: MaryD at November 15, 2009 4:22 PM

How lovely. I'd love to know what's on the playlist.

Posted by: Philippa at November 16, 2009 8:55 AM

Dang, I never saw the cds. You have to post the playlist to Art of the Mix so I know what was on it. There was something by TMBG, I hope. :)

Posted by: joy at November 17, 2009 10:23 AM

Dang, I never saw the cds. You have to post the playlist to Art of the Mix so I know what was on it. There was something by TMBG, I hope. :)

Posted by: joy at November 17, 2009 10:25 AM

Jess... I love the CD's! And I actually think the splochy ink on the title gives it a cool texture. You are amazing. Seriously though, you work right??? ;)

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Posted by: Eddy at November 22, 2009 5:06 AM

I love the coasters and I think the splotchy looking title on the CD cover is very cool. I think it looks great.

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