Hi there! I understand your situation! I faced the same thing when it came to my own wedding invitations. I didn’t want to compromise on style yet needed to stay within the budget.
The simplest way to make these is to use 8.5″ x 11″ (letter size) card stock in light pink. This can be purchased at an office supply store. ALWAYS, always always buy your envelopes (outer and response) first – I lesson I learned the hard (and expensive) way. The picture above looks like traditional 4″ x 6″ when complete but I could be wrong. I purchased 110 lb weight card for under $10 at Office Max – the package holds 250 sheets. Then load the pink card into your printer using Microsoft Word to add swirled flowers at the top and bottom and your wording. Cut at 6″ lengthwise and fold as per below.
A nicer way and much closer to what is shown above:
You will need: light pink card stock (legal size), dark pink paper stock, dark pink ribbon. an eyelet tool and dark pink eyelets, dark and medium pink stamp pad, Stampendous SSC872-R or similar stamp, coordinating light weight paper (optional for lining envelopes) and envelopes in 2 sizes. A sharp craft knife, ruler and scoring tool (or a butter knife) and a glue stick or double sided tape gun from Hobby Lobby.
1) In MS Word use a text box to create your printing space about 6″ wide should be enough. Keep the text box to the left side of the page Next, using your legal size light pink card stock print your wording on all the cards – remember to do plenty of extras for practice and mistakes. Justify the first portion left, the second portion right. Remember to print in such a way that the fold does not run through your wording
2) Cut the card stock lengthwise at 7″. Put the extra aside (a lovely piece 1.5″ x 14″ that can be used for seals later)
3) Fold the card stock in half. This will form a guide for your stamping.
4) Using the swirl rubber stamp, stamp both the top and bottom of each page in medium pink. Then stamp your flowers over this in darker pink. Be patient, practice makes perfect. If you get frustrated about them not looking identical just remember that no one is going to see more than one invite!
5) Place a response card envelope on the fold line. Using a ruler and your scoring tool (or butter knife-blade up and away from the paper so the dull side is making an impression on the paper not cutting it) score a line across the paper 1/4″ above the edge of your envelope.
6) Cut 1″ strips of dark pink paper and punch them with the eyelet tool. Mount the eyelets following your manufacturers instructions. Cut ribbon into approximately 4″ lengths – play with this and see what works best.
1) Print your response cards on the computer. You should get 4 per sheet.
2) Cut into cards
3) Stamp as above
Using your envelopes as templates use your light weight coordinating paper to line all the envelopes. This takes minutes and really makes the set look much more professional. Use the glue stick to adhere the liner to the envelope
Assembling the set.
Place the response card and the response envelope on the center fold. Fold the top edge towards you over the upper section of the response set. Fold the card in half. Fold the lower stamped portion towards you so that the stamped side is showing as in the pictures below.
Fold the dark pink eyelet piece around the card and tie with ribbon.
Place in the outer envelope, address and send! Good Luck!