Chadis Crafts' Fun
When a formal invitation is needed, why buy them?
Embossing With Rubber Stamps
Make Your Own Formal
Weddings, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah,
Baby Showers, Rosh Hashana
Cards, Chanukah Cards,
Christmas Cards, Place Cards, Gift Tags and more!
Computer programs not formal
Make them yourself!
When I am planned my two son's Bar Mitzvahs,
I tried to add
our love of crafts and making Judiaca into the planning. We made a lot of the decorations,
ritual items (see my make your own ritual wear pages) etc.
Ronin is hoping
used his calligraphy skills to write his own formal invitations.
We used rubber stamps and embossing powder/heat gun to make it
look special. Being a boy, I thought he would love to work with a electric
especially one that gives off heat
We had a GREAT time. We
needed a second heat gun as his brother (then 10) wanted to help and so did I.
Why should they have all the fun!
Of course we have to consider the safety
issues as you can get burned or burn a surface with this gun. We worked
carefully and had the gun always on a metal surface to not burn anything when
we put it down.
EMBOSSING IS REALLY FUN AND EASY!
We used a computer for the
text for Micah's Aug. 24 Bar Mitzvah.
He did use an embossing pen and clear
embossing for his invitition.
Pictures coming soon.
We really liked using
the clear embossing.
Embossing using Rubber Stamps, Calligraphy Embossing Pens
I had never used a heating gun before. I found two at
a local store. Darice and Marvey. I went with the Marvey as it looked shorter
for a teen to use. I later got a Darice at a yard sale it was great too.
I am still experimenting. I knew we would mostly want gold for the formal look
for the invitations, but bought blue too. I have since learned that if you want
the embossing to really show you need to use pigment inks. I didn't. I found a
great roll on embossing liquid. You can roll directly on the rubber stamp with
no need to use an ink pad. Quicker when doing many. We discovered that the stamp
can be used a few times with out re-inking as the ink dries very slow. You stamp
the design, sprinkle powder on, fold paper slightly to dump excess off or use a
thin brush to gently brush off excess. Heat with gun quickly moving the gun. It is
done in seconds.
Some tools and supplies you might need depending on your project.Large Rubber Stamp rubber surface
(Darice) pad to use under your paper. Nice surface has a little give that
helps with stamping.Embossing PowderEmbossing Ink Roll On or
Pad.Rubber StampsCalligraphy or other Embossing Marker
Metal tray to rest the heat gun.
Most of the rubber stamps used in
these examples are from the Zum Gali Gali Company. See my Jewish Resource Pages for the link to their
site. They offer many Jewish stamps but they also offer other
We had Ronin Caligraphy the invitations to the Temple and
type the rest on our computer to be copied at a Xerox store on different color
and thickness of papers depending on what part of the invitition package.
had him write large and then I shrunk it at the machine. We
copied it four times on a sheet leaving room blank at the top for the rubber
We learned with Micah's that if you bring it to a store to
have it printed on card stock, make sure to tell them you want it to be off
They thought they were helping me by centering what they thought
was a mistake.
I had to have them do it again.
Mitzvah Invitations. (or other fancy party or wedding.)
Guide to the parts of a formal invitation -
For our Bar Mitzvah, we have many different events.
Different for each
Every Synagogue or
Temple has different customs and rules.We have the Friday
night welcoming Shabbat Evening Service with a dessert reception.Saturday
morning full service followed by a luncheon for all that attend the
Ours will be simple but we are required to invite the 500 family
members in addition to our guests. We are estimating about 150 to 200 people for
lunch. Ours will we a simple lunchen I will be cooking before hand myself. Some
people have offered to help. Option afternoon or evening party.
Some make this simple, others hire a caterer.
This can be a family only party, birthday party with
children only or as fancy as a huge wedding. It is up to the family and their
budget.Ours will be his friends and our out of town guests but by Saturday
night I will need help so a caterer is helping. With the rules of Shabbat and
what you can or can not do I will not be able to cook for two different
functions in two different towns.
For some multiple events the invitations can be complicated.
Here are some of
the possibilities of what is needed in your envelope.
Invitation to the ceremonyLarge envelope to hold all cardsSmall
return RSVP cardStamps for the outer envelope and for the return
envelopeInvitation to the Evening Party or separate
reception. If there are people that you are not inviting to other party.
Second return card for party. (Optional if you are inviting
all to the reception.)Directions to the Temple etc. and any special
instructions. Again you may need two if you are not inviting everyone to
everything.Hotel Information, airport info, car rental etc.
fun things they can do in your area if they come for a longer time. Dress
code or rules are helpful either on the invitation or on this seperate
sheet. List any special rules for the event.
List and special religious rules for the event which can differ for each
Temple. Other events can also have rules that are unfamiliar to your guests
even for Christian and other religious events. It helps your guest be more
You can list for example that no items are to be carried into the
Temple. We are forbidden to carry on Shabbat. So if people want to give the
boy/girl, bride groom etc a gift, it should be mailed or given at a different
time. People can bring them to reception but it is tacky to tell them. All Men
(Jewish or not)
and for our Temple and most women cover their heads. Yarmulkas are provided
but some women may wear hats. All Jewish Men should wear prayer shawls for
Saturday's service. Jewish Women at our Temple can and often also wear them.
Most Temples will require all that go up onto the Bima, the stage like area where the service leaders
stand, will wear prayer shawls, tallit when they are called up for this
"honor". There are parts of the service that non-Jews can help with but non Jews
do not wear prayer shawls/tallits. But headcovering is expected at least for the men.
Tell them if it is required for the women too. Some only require married women.
Many Temples have a sheet or booklet at the door that explains the
rules. But it is often too late for guests to know these things as they don't
read the booklet until they are seated inside the chapel.
I also like to explain the custom of
throwing candy or something sweet at a wedding or bar mitzvah. That it is
symbol for the person or couple to start their new life with sweetness.
Candy is provided during the service. (I suggest finding soft candy as it can
hurt!... Tricky with Kosher events but Sunkist makes a soft jelly wrapped candy
that is Kosher. It is sold at many warehouse clubs.)
Also the candy will be passed out during
service for them to throw. Children often help with this and it helps if guest know
this is not a strange gift for them to eat in the middle of the service. Also
prepare the guests that often children are allowed to run up and grab the candy
off the floor for them to eat later. A fun and crazy few minutes!
A book you may find interesting from Amazon.com
More instructions on Embossing
They also have a store.
Schmooze with Suze - Rubber Stamping Resources.
resources for the BEST! She has her on line of embossing products which you
can buy here or at other online stores. Her gallery of embossed products
for rubber stamping for scrapbooking, jewelry and more are incredible.
Check out her
lessons and techniques.
BOOKS and DVDs
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