Laser engraved cork invitations

Last year we were asked to engrave some wedding invitations on cork. We have never worked with cork before and were not sure if we could do it. We tried a test engraving on thin cork floor tiles and it was a black sooty disaster. (Don’t believe everything you see on Pinterest!). Luckily the bride sourced suitable cork but it was very thin and we had to glue 2 layers of it together.

After a bit of  trial and error we manage to produce these wedding invitations. We were pretty pleased with how they turned out.

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Laser engraved wedding invitations.

My niece is getting married later in 2014 and we were thrilled to make her invitations/save the dates for her. She sent us an idea of what she wanted and left the rest up to us.

The invitation consists of 2 parts: a wooden heart which is laser engraved, and a laser cut “cover” printed on 300gsm paper. We custom made a few matching envelopes as some of the invitations were going to be posted.


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We also inlaid a pretty pink perspex heart cutout into the wooden heart.


The wooden hearts are attached to the covers with pretty ribbons.

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We had such fun making these – my niece and her mom were roped in to add the finishing touches. (Yes I am not ashamed to admit that I used FREE LABOUR for finishing these off )


Laser engraved wedding invitations

Sometimes I wish a laser engraver was more like a printer – you know, stick the stuff in, push a button and a perfect product comes out the other end. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Each material reacts differently to the laser and sometimes different files have different effects on the material. We found out the hard way when we were asked to engrave wood  for wooden wedding invitations (easy peasy, we thought, as we engrave wood every day). The customer sent us the file but the problem was that the text to be engraved was very scripty and small. We tried our normal settings for wood and got nowhere. The end result was blurry and awful. We mucked around trying to get it right and after a few hours (yes really, a few hours!) we finally got the settings right and managed to turn out these unique wedding invitations which double up as drinks coasters.