- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2011
Here are my invitations with a little DIY tutorial along with it. I had a project day where about 6 ladies came to help me out, which was a HUGE help!
I cut my paper to 10×7 inches. I suggest doing 10.5×7 inches for more overlap on the gatefold.
I then used my Martha Stewart Score Board to score 2.5 inches in from either side, leaving a 5 inch center panel and two 2.5 inch flaps.
Press the crease where the flaps are to make a crisp edge.
My aunt is the queen of stamping! She had a large florish stamp and used watermark ink (which is colorless ink that leaves a darker color of the paper you are stamping on, just like a water mark). She opened the gatefold card all the way so that the stamp would be on both the front and back of the card.
Next came the embossing. We used a clear, fine embossing powder to sprinkle on the stamped image. Then we used a heat tool to melt the embossing powder, leaving a glossy, raised image.
Sorry some of these are sideways! I used a tape runner to mount the champagne paper onto the black card after stamping it: I cut it to 4.5×6.5 inches. I then used another florish stamp in the lower right corner and embossed that as well, however I used black ink for this paper.
Here’s what it looks like with one of the flaps closed.
Next, I mounted a small black piece of paper, cut to 3.5×5 inches. This is the base for the actual printed invite piece.
Here are all the printed pieces. I designed them in Keynote on my mac and used a Lexmark Inkjet Printer. The back of the “Celebrate” insert has my website info.
Here’s my future hubby assembling everything, overseen by Jameson the chihuahua:)
Finished gatefold! Very simple and just my style!
We used the wrap around label template from here for the envelopes. Also, the belly band was made from the champagne paper and we stamped our monogram to go in the center of it. Make sure to score the paper before bending it around the card or the edges wont be clean/crisp. FI was persistent on putting the belly band at the lower third of the invite. I prefer the middle, but I wasn’t going to argue. I still like the look of it.