for those of you that gocco'd your invitations, where did you find your images? I would also love to see some examples of invitations.
I like istockphoto.com a lot - it costs money, but the images are super easy to work with, etc. i usually make the design in illustrator or publisher, then i just print it out. that way i can make sure everything is aligned, etc.
what sort of images are you looking for? not everything will work perfectly on gocco - you can't do images with lots of tiny details, for example. you also have to be a little careful about font - you can't go super small or it kind of blurs. usually 12pt or larger is perfectly fine (smaller works too, but not as well for scrolly fonts).
there is a flickr group dedicated to all things gocco - it's been super helpful for me!!
Where did you end up finding your gocco? Do you have all the supplies, etc? One thing I highly recommend is ordering a bunch of extra bulbs and screens - you'll need them! If you mess up, it's nice to just have the extras there instead of having to wait a week or so for them to come in. :)
Yes, I have been stalking that flickr group! I check it several times a day. Sad, I know.
I bought my gocco from a supplier in florida. I should have it by Monday.
I am looking for image like this scrollwork-
Oh heck, I'll just say I love everything she (uglykitty) does! I have thought about having her design stuff for me and then I'll gocco it.
And when you say illustrator or publisher...what program are you referring too? I would need to buy a program and would like to know what you recommend.
If you don't want to purchase a new program, the you can always do the wording in Microsoft Word and buy a stamp to do the flourish. The programs I was referring to were Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator is best, and if you don't want to buy it and can finish your design within 30 days, then there is a free trial download from their website.
When you do scrollwork and scrolly font like that, you'll want to make sure that you get all of the carbon off of the screen. What I always do is copy the image on a light setting (so less carbon to start off with), use the blue screen (lower burn temp), and then i used the screen cleaner after I burn it just to make sure that all of the tiny holes are open and ready to print. You'll also want to something to evenly smear the paint onto the screen, otherwise you'll spend a lot of time reinking and may end up with some patchy prints. If you're doing an overlapping scroll, then you'll need to do 2 prints (even if you're doing it all in the same color) for the best effect.
Let me know if you have any other questions! I love gocco!