~ Cardstock (sized 4×6) and Envelopes
~ Vellum paper
~ Stamps and Ink pads
~ Double Sided Tape & Craft Glue
~Friskars patterned crafting scissors
~ Decorative paper in large square sheets
~Clear Labels and printer
~Avery Label Templates Online
~Rotary Cutter or Exacto Knife
Step 1: Cut Cardstock and Stamp away
I ended up buying two 25 packs of cards and envelopes. They were folded cards, so to make them a single thickness I took my friskars “Deckle” scissors and cut them in half. There are many kinds of decorative edged scissors you can buy at the craft store to fit any kind of invitation – I choose the rough edged look.
I then took my set of four leaf stamps and stamped three different colored leaves on each piece of card stock. Once again, you could do anything with this – it will show through the thin vellum paper that is going to go over top. I also took my stamper and stamped my envelopes on the front as well as one on the center back like a seal.
Step 2: Print out and cut the Vellum Paper
I went to the Avery website
and looked up a blank template for name tags that were six to a page. I also downloaded some cool fonts from 1001 Free Fonts
that looked a little Celtic. You can design your text to say whatever you want – but I found that my website address could have been a little larger to be read easily. Color ink works nicely on vellum paper, just make sure you let each sheet sit and dry for about 10 minutes before you start cutting.
I used my deckle scissors again to cut each page of Vellum individually – they slipped easily.
Step 3: Attach Vellum to Cardstock, Cut Decorative paper
I took my double sided tape and attached the vellum to the cardstock. The top doesn’t have to line up, because this will be covered by the decorative paper. Make sure to center it as well as you can by eye.
My decorative scrap-booking paper pack was a 180 sheet set from Michael’s Crafts
, Jen Wilson’s La Paperie
which was on sale for $8 instead of $20. It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but I have gotten so much use out of the paper that I feel like I saved a lot of money there. I used my Deckle scissors to cut right down the middle and make two pieces of paper. Then I used my rotary cutter and a cardstock template to trim each of those into two pieces that would fit my cards. You will need to play around with this a little to make it fit right for your cards. Repeat a million times!
Step 4: Glue paper to cardstock
Line up the ugly side of your paper with the back of your cardstock, and flip the top over so it covers the rough edges of your vellum paper. This should look like a finished card, except not glued. Make sure it lines up where you like it, and trip the base a little if it is too long. Then, proceed to glue.
Step 5: Dreaded Address labels
This part took forever, but I saved the templates. Using your Avery address and return address labels, print off labels for each of your guests. You could calligraph this if you have nice handwriting, but I do not. If you save everyone’s name, you can also go back and change the font, and PRESTO! You have new labels for your invitations later on down the road.
Finished product – each one is unique but still in the same color scheme. I was going for that hand made earthy yet vintage kind of look.
Here is a row of STD’s with the paper book, vellum by itself, and some unglued cards.
More of a close up of a few of the different colors. I almost broke Mr. Songbird while I was doing 75 of these, and he was playing PS3.
My floor has become a factory!