Maybe it’s the Gatsby-mania that’s been going around, or maybe it’s just a color scheme that will never go out of style, but lately I’ve been obsessed with the glamour and glitz of the black, gray and gold combo. In clothes it looks dapper, in homes it looks expensive and these three simple colors make stationery look oh so luxurious. I recently made my business cards with this trio of colors and when Grace asked if I could adapt the technique for wedding details, I thought it would be perfect for an art deco inspired affair with the clean lines and gold embellishments.
This DIY tutorial uses two colors of paper and a gilded edge to create a look that’s appealing from any angle. The process is simple and works whether you want to write your own table numbers or use printable templates. -Adrienne of Adrienne Elise Designs
The full how-to continues after the jump…
• two colors of thick paper (200 – 300 gsm) cut to the same size
o (I used Canson Colorline in 300 gsm printed with the downloadable Table Number and Place Card template from Adrienne Elise Designs)
• PVA Glue
• small thick piece of card board or old credit card
• bone folder (or a flat, smooth, sturdy object for smoothing paper)
• exacto knife or razor
• 1 piece of card stock or thick paper
• paint brush
• gold paint
• something heavy for pressing (I used two large books)
• two pieces of clean paper or cardboard
• corner cutter (optional)
Prep: If you’re using printable table number or place cards, make sure you’ve printed them out before you start. To print on thicker paper, you may need to change the settings in your Printer settings or Page Setup to avoid paper jams.
1. With a thick piece of cardboard or an old credit card spread a thin and even layer of glue on one side of one of the sheets of paper making sure to go all the way to the edges and corners. Quickly line up and press down the second piece of paper.
2. Using the bone folder or similar tool, firmly smooth the paper down paying special attention to the edges and corners, as they will tend to curl up.
3. Place the newly glued paper in between two pieces of clean paper or cardboard and top them with something heavy. Press them down for 20 – 30 minutes or until the glue is fully dried and the paper is no longer trying to curl. (If you’re pressing more than one sheet at a time, place a piece of wax paper between them)
4. Make sure all the edges of your new two-toned paper are even, cutting off at least 1/8 inch all the way around the sheet. Cut your table numbers or place cards into their individual pieces. Stack them up and trim as necessary so they are the same size and the edges are even. (optional) Use a corner cutter to trim off the hard edges.
5. Cut two pieces of card stock or thick paper to the same size as your pieces and place on the top and bottom of your stack. Clamp the stack with a large clip, making sure the edges of the stack are nice and flush.
6. Hold the stack edge tightly with one hand and with a dry brush dab a little bit of gold paint and lightly brush the edge with gold. (Make sure not to overload your brush or press too hard or you’ll have issues with paint seeping into the cracks)
7. You’re done! Just wait a few minutes for the paint to dry and take off your clip. (If you’ve gone a little heavy on the paint, you may need to slide an exacto knife into the cracks of the stack to get the pieces apart cleanly)
Adrienne Elise Designs is a boutique design studio specializing in bespoke portraits, lettering, and stationery suites for gifts, special events, business branding and personal use. Each order is thoughtfully designed with input from the customer and Adrienne’s own creative flair to make a truly unique and special item.
About Adrienne: I’m an artist from Chicago that currently lives in Sydney, Australia. I’ve lived all over though, including Atlanta, Boston, Florence and Venice, Italy and a short stint in South Africa. I love traveling, painting, movies, cooking (and eating), and museums. I have a Masters in Visual Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelors in Painting from Boston University. I make paintings, take photos and construct collages as part of my studio art practice – my studio art can be found on my online portfolio at www.adriennetarver.com.