- Ms Fondue
- 9 years ago
I don’t remember when I first fell in love with pocketfold invitations. It was at some point before we were engaged–maybe a year or more–but I knew when we eventually got married, that I wanted pocket folds.
Mr. Fondue was easily convinced (I showed him one example and he said, “Those are awesome.”), so one of our goals during a visit to a local bridal show last January was to price pocketfolds from different companies. The verdict? Too expensive and out of budget. Deflated, but not defeated, I began researching how I could make them on my own.
I found several good tutorials to turn them into a DIY project, including this one from HGTV. So began my search for 11×17 black cardstock. Nearly impossible to find, I soon discovered, and even harder to find black linen, which is what I really wanted.
After much googling, I found Paper Presentation. They had the black linen cardstock in the right size! But even better: they had black linen pocket folds already pre-made. Think of how much time and energy I would save if I could just buy the pocket folds and put it together from there!
So that’s what I did. I bought black linen pocket folds, firecracker red paper for backing, and solar white for the actual invitation and the insert cards. I bought similar papers for the programs as well so it will all match. I have to do a little trimming on some of the white paper, but for the most part, I can just print and assemble. And the final cost? $3.50 per invitation. Had I just bought the cardstock and made the pocket folds myself, it would have come out to about $2.50 per invitation. But for an extra dollar per invite, I’m personally glad I saved the time and energy (not to mention, my sanity, since I’m a perfectionist and cutting and scoring all that paper probably would have driven me crazy).
Once I had the paper, I began work on a design. I didn’t really know what I wanted, so I used a few different designs from Microsoft’s Clip Art Gallery to play around with. I just scanned in a blank (but assembled) invitation and photoshopped a mockup of some ideas.
There were things I liked about all of them, but I wanted something with a little more… texture. I knew we couldn’t afford letterpress, so I decided to try my hand at embossing and went in search of a stamp. Here’s a bit of a teaser.
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Part 2:
Don’t worry; I won’t keep you guys in suspense!
I showed you all the original designs we considered. But as I was designing all of those, as I mentioned, I decided I wanted something with a little more texture. Now it’s time to reveal the real thing.
Note: If you are invited to our wedding, please do not proceed beyond this point! Our invitations were created in four stages:
- Print the wording onto cardstock
- Emboss the damask design
- Add ribbon
- Assemble cardstock pieces
For the first stage, I simply created a Microsoft Word document using the dimensions of my white cardstock and printed them all on my home printer.
The second stage was the longest, and so I bring the tutorial I promised in my coasters post! (Would you believe I took these step-by-step photos back in April, just in case I was ever blogging for Weddingbee one day? Ha!)
- Stamp pad – make sure it is pigment ink, not dye ink, as dye ink dries too quickly
- Embossing powder – I used clear for this project
- Heat gun
- Stamp-a-Majig – Optional, but useful
The Stamp-a-Majig is a nifty tool that allows you to line up where you want to stamp before you actually stamp your image. I used it for the first few invitations, but I eventually got the hang of where I wanted the stamp to be without it. But, if you are using one, the first step is to line up your Stamp-a-Majig where you want your stamp to go. I also placed my invitation on top of a scrap piece of cardstock so I could stamp the edge of the paper and not stamp my table. (While I might not mind a damask dining room table, I have a feeling Mr. Fondue would.)
And then stamp!
After you have stamped one invitation, cover it in embossing powder. Be very generous. I used two pieces of folded cardstock for this step. One was used to pour and the other caught the excess powder. Then they would switch places for the next invitation.
Tap the paper a lot to get all the excess powder off the page.
You can go ahead and put powder on a lot of the pages before you heat them. I just lined them all up.
Then get your significant other to do something and melt the powder with the heat gun. It’s really easy to tell when the powder has been melted, but my gun takes a minute or two to heat up all the way.
You can tell in this shot that half of this one has been melted and half hasn’t.
And that’s all there is to heat embossing!
For the third stage, I just cut a strip of ribbon to the length I needed, ran some adhesive down it (I used Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive), and stuck it to the cardstock, with the ends folding over the edge of the paper.
Then in the fourth stage, I again used my Tombow to attach the white cardstock to the red, and the red to the pocketfold. Voila!
Here’s a close-up so you can see the texture.
Our programs will also be mimicking this design.
Have you used embossing in any of your DIY projects?