With so many holidays right around the corner, it’s about time to start thinking about ways to dress up our tables. These velvet ribbon place cards are embossed with each guest’s monogram, bringing a touch of opulence and dash of color to the table. They were inspired by our own wedding photo shoot and work perfectly for any winter celebration that needs a little extra warmth and texture! –Natalie
A note about materials: Synthetic or synthetic blend velvet ribbon is the best choice here. It will hold the embossment crisply and the edges can be finished by simply burning with a match.
-2” wide synthetic velvet ribbon, about 18” per guest alphabet rubber stamp set
-iron & board matches
Cut your ribbon into 18” lengths, leaving a few scraps for testing. Use a small piece of masking tape to secure your guest’s initials together. The monograms should be right-reading with the wood facing up, as you would normally use them for stamping.
Heat the iron on medium-high and turn off the steam. Use the iron’s mister to dampen the back side of the velvet ribbon in the area you will be embossing.
Make a few tests: Place the monogram stamps rubber-side up on the ironing board and lay the velvet right-side down over them. Press the back side of the velvet without moving the iron for 10-20 seconds. Remove the iron and set the velvet aside to dry completely.
When you have a couple of crisply embossed test pieces you are ready to set to work on the whole guest list. Emboss the monograms in the upper 2 inches of the length of ribbon. Cut each end of the ribbon in a decorative shape if you like, then finish by running a match quickly along the edge. The synthetic fabric will melt, preventing the ribbon from unraveling.
Place the ribbons under the plate at each setting, with the monogram peeking out above the plate and the long tail hanging from the table’s edge.