As some of you may recall, J and I designed and made our invitations. Now, let me tell you–making 150 invitations with multiple inserts, from scratch, is a huge endeavour and recommended only for those who: a) are creative; b) have a clear wedding vision; c) have patience; d) have an army of siblings and cousins to cut, glue, paste, stick, and stack; and, e) have a slight penchant for self-punishment.
Adirondack embossing powder in eggplant
Adirondack stamp in eggplant
Ink jet printer
Purple cardstock (weight: 141 lbs)
8.5 x 11 Shimmer Silver paper
5 X5 Shimmer Silver envelopes
RSVP Shimmer Silver envelopes
Pink and silver chiyogami paper (Chiyogami 823)
Double sided tape
Yamato Glue stick
We had a bi-fold invitation, with a side pocket for inserts. We used heavy weighted card stock for the main invitation and used lighter weight silver paper for inserts, on which we printed the text. Because the main invitation card stock was a dark colour, we decided to use a modified embossing method to place the Ik Onkar symbol on the invitation’s cover. We then used strips of Japanese Chiyogami paper to add colour and pattern to the invitation.
For those of you who would consider making your own invitations, here’s the step by step process!
How we made the outside cover and pocket fold:
1. We cut purple cardstock into 5.5″ X 13.25″ rectangles using a paper cutter
2. Next, we embossed the Ik Onkar symbol on the cardstock. Here’s a pick of our embossing material:
Here’s a tutorial on embossing. I am posting the link because J modified the technique. We embossed the Ik Onkar symbol on the purple cardstock; because the cardstock was so thick, the usual stamping method didn’t work. J skipped the stamp and printed the Ik Onkar sympbol on the cardstock, using an inkjet printer, sprinkled the embossing powder, and then heated it. He used a fine brush to clear off excess sprinkles. Here is the final product:
3. After embossing, J used the paper scorer to mark the folds on the cardstock. We marked folds at 5.5″ and 11″. A paper scorer is a MUST if you are making your own invitations!
4. Using double sided tape, we taped down the 2 1/4″ wide flap onto the inside of the invitation card, forming the pocket fold for the inserts.
5. We cut the Chiyogami 823 paper into 5 3/4″ x 1″ strips. We cut two strips for each card. One strip was glued on the cover and the other on pocket fold. The excess paper was snipped off using scissors.
6. We made 1″ squares of our monograms and glued a monogram on each cover.
How we made the inserts:
1. We designed all inserts in Adobe Photoshop. We had 4 different sized inserts:
- Main invitation text: 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4 “
- Wedding ceremony insert: 5 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
- Celebration insert: 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″
- RSVP insert: 4 3/4″ x 2 3/4″
2. All inserts were printed on Shimmer Silver paper in dark purple ink. We found the border for each insert on istockphoto.com
The invitations turned out to be simple and elegant. We owe a BIG THANK YOU to our siblings and cousins for their effortless work and unlimited patience. We could not have made and mailed these invitations without you. Merci.
Designing and making our invitations was the most satisfying aspect of our wedding planning. J and I collaborated throughout, and I really learned a lot about me and about us as a couple. I learned that I am a creative soul and was relieved to learn that J is just as anal retentive and neurotic as me! LOL (Loved designing the cards with you, babe. xoxoxo.)
Also, as it’s not mentioned above, we purchased the purple card stock from The Paper Depot and did our printing at Phillips Copy Centre. Both vendors are located in Scarborough.