Okay, now onto the tutorial. First, cut your burlap to the same size of your card stock printer paper, 8 and 1/2 by 11 I believe it is. The easiest way to cut burlap is to pull out a strip as your cutting line and cut along that. I learned that while I was making the burlap wreaths for my friend's wedding.
Tape the burlap to your card stock (I used masking tape). I read so many tutorials that used various adhesives but that sounded messy and like too much work, so I guessed that tape would keep it in place good enough...and it did!
I designed my print on Mircosoft Word. And then I was ready to print! The first time it failed. Not sure why, could have been because it was a new ink cartridge? Or because I tried to mess with the paper type settings? So I tried it again on that same piece and it worked. I had changed the printer setting to plain paper too, so that might have been it.
At least I had it figured out, the next one printed beautifully!
I had a hard time decided whether or not the burlap should be inside the mat, or outside of it, but then I decided I liked the more rustic look of it on the outside, so I went with that. And of course, they can always change it if they like the other way better. Which do you prefer? Inside? Or out?
I pulled out strings on the sides of the burlap to make it even, and then put a little glue on the corner so it wouldn't continue to fall out...but really, once it's in the frame you don't need to worry about that. Oh, and I just used scotch tape to keep it in place inside the frame.
It's just so beautiful, right?! I was telling my husband, it's a good thing it has their name on it, because I really want to keep it for myself!!
And the bride and groom (and everyone at the shower) loved it! This is definitely getting added to my favorite wedding gifts and shower gifts list. Success!
If you would like a personalized burlap print to give as a gift, but don't have the time/resources to make it yourself, I would love to help out! Contact me for more details :)