- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church
I made these escort cards after finding inspiration here.
The materials this requires are:
- white cardstock (I used 8.5″x11″ from Michaels)
- coloured cardstock of your choice (I used black 8.5″x11″ from Michaels)
- a nice font of your choosing (I used ChopinScript from dafont.com)
- a paper cutter with a cutting blade and optionally a scoring blade
- a printer
- glue tape, double sided tape, or a glue stick
- a ruler
- Microsoft Word
1. Download the fancy font of your choice. (I used an online tutorial like this one to help me figure out how to download it.)
2. Open a business card template in Microsoft Word.
3. First I deleted the “Address” text box and the picture from the business card template.
4. Then I inserted the rectangles using the rectangle shape tool slightly inside the borders outlined in the template.
5. Next, I resized the “company name” text box, changed the font colour, centred the text, changed the font to 100pt ChopinScript, and inserted the first letter of the last name of the guest I was working with. You may need to move the text box around to centre the letter in the rectangle since some of the letters have more swirls than others do.
6. Then I moved and centred the “Name” text box, changed the font to 20pt Bookman Old Script in small caps (this can be formated in “Format Card Text” under the “Avery Template” tab), and insted the guest’s name.
7. (Optional) You can now insert borders in a light shade for you to follow when cutting by highlighting the sheet, right clicking on the table borders, and clicking on “Borders and Shading”. I did this for one sheet but my cutter is not very accurate, so I didn’t for the rest.
8. Now, once you have filled in a sheet, print out a SINGLE test sheet to be sure that everything prints the way you wanted it to. If it is satisfactory, print the rest and cut them out either along the borders you made or 1/8th of an inch from the rectangles.
9. Now you are ready to trim down your coloured card stock to make the tents. Trim 8.5″x11″ sheets down to 8″x10″ OR trim down 12″x12″ sheets to 10″x12″. Then cut these into 4″x5″ rectangles. Score (or fold by hand) these rectangles at 2.5″ so that the front of your tent measures 4″x2.5″.
10. Glue the names to the front of your tents in the centre.
11. I am going to glue bordered rectangles inside with the guest’s table number in 100pt, coloured, fancy font unless they are the head table. Head table guests will get “Head Table” in 30pt, coloured, fancy font.
I have templates made is anyone wants them. Just PM me with your email address or leave it in the comments below. I now have the templates available for download on my blog for anyone who wants them. They are here. If you encounter any difficulties, feel free to PM me for assistance.