Invitations are such a vital part of the planning process, it introduces your guests to your wedding style. No pressure. But why do we have to spend hundreds of dollars just for a cute piece of paper ( and envelopes and RSVP cards, and stamps..)? Good news, you don't! You can make them yourself, don't tell me your not the crafty type, your a bride! That makes you sufficient and creative enough to make this happen! And to inspire you I am featuring this lovely design borrowed from StyleMePretty.com. If you haven't been to their blog yet GO! It is one of the most up to date, creative and fun places to browse and absorb some incredible ideas and crafty inspiration. Go now! After you work on your invitation designs.
Heavy Weight Decorative Paper in 2-3 styles (I used the purple card stock and a straw-like stock)
Glue or other adhesive
Decorative Stamp and White Pigment Ink
Tissue Paper, cut to size
2″ Circular Punch
1/8″ Hole Punch
1. I made a folder for the invitation using heavy paper. I cut out a 10×7 rectangle with a triangular section below the right side.
2. I used a bone folder to score the middle (where the folder’s spine is) and at the bottom of of the right side so the triangular part could be folded upward.
3. Then I glued the right side of the triangle to the right edge of the folder to make a pocket.
4. I stamped the triangular pocket of the folder using white pigment ink.
5. Then I cut a 5×7 piece of paper doily and glued it to the cover of the folder.
6. I glued the invitation card on the left inside of the folder and stuffed the enclosures in the right hand pocket with the tissue paper rectangles between the cards.
7. I used a 2-inch circular punch to make a paper disc and stamped our initials on it using white pigment ink. Then I punched two 1/8″ of an inch holes on either side of it.
8. I cut rectangles of different colored tissue paper to use between the cards.
9. I closed the folder with the contents inside and tied satin ribbon around the middle, threading through the holes in the paper disc and tying it behind the disc. Then I took a straw flower and glued it on the back side of the paper disc.
10. To make the liner, trace the envelope onto a sheet of pretty paper. Cut it out and trim the upper triangular portion about half an inch on either side and trimmed the other 3 rectangular sides by about 1/8 of an inch.
11. Finally I stuffed the folder into the envelope and tied the envelope with twine (like a package) and tied a bow on the front with a couple 1-inch paper discs threaded onto it. I put that envelope into a slightly larger vellum/glassine envelope. I put stickers that were addressed on the front of the glassine envelope (the font is Memoir from Veer).