- Mrs. Mascara
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009 - Catholic ceremony, reception at local armory
As promised, here are some pictures of the save-the-date cards that were sent to our guests this week. The fiance and I worked so so so hard on these, and I hope our guests appreciate them as much as I do!
Here’s a close up of the front page:
It opens by rotating the pages to the side.
All 150, assembled!
With the envelope:
Here they are, ready to be mailed! If you can see in the pictures, we embossed every flourish pattern and used linen textured cardstock to add some texture. I designed the cards in Adobe Illustrator and we had them printed at a local print shop in the UP for less than half the price of getting them done at FedEx Kinko’s or OfficeMax (we checked). I’ll do a full cost and materials breakdown when I get back from Boston!
There were several requests for a tutorial on how I created our save the date cards. Since there are quite a few steps, I’ll break up the instructions into two posts. First up, the envelopes!
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>What you’ll need:
- Self-healing cutting mat*
- X-Acto knife*
- Bone folder*
- Tape roller*
- 8 1/2″ x 11″ text weight paper* (I used PaperSource text weight (80 lb) paper in the color Lake)
- A2 envelope template (I used the PaperSource template)
- Rubber stamps (I used the PaperSource Small and Large Flourish stamps)
- Inkpad with embossing-compatible ink (I used a Colorbox inkpad in Eggplant from PaperSource)
- Embossing powder (I used clear embossing powder from Jo-Ann’s)
- Embossing heat tool, or iron (I used an iron)
- Return address stamp (I used a customizable stamp from Office Depot)
* You can omit these items if using ready-made envelopes
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Instructions for making envelopes* (obviously, omit if using ready-made envelopes):
1. Line up point of template in top left corner, and highest point of the side of the template with the top edge of the paper.
2. If using an A2 template on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, the template will be slightly too big. This is okay as long as it’s the lowest point on the side edge of the template that overlaps. This part will be hidden once your envelope is assembled.
3. Carefully use your X-Acto knife to cut around the template. If you want to do this the right way, you can trace the template and then cut on your lines. Since I’m lazy, I skipped this step. I treated my template as more of a disposable item because it saved me so much time to skip this step when cutting 150 envelopes. My template had a lot of extra cuts on it by the time I finished cutting all the envelopes.
4. When all edges are cut, use a bone folder to score the folds of the envelope. This makes it much easier to get a straight fold.
5. When all 4 edges are scored, carefully fold along the score lines. Run your bone folder along the edge to make nice crisp creases.
6. Your envelope is complete! Now, let’s move on to the beautification process.
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Instructions for stamping and embossing envelopes
7. Place your envelope on top of a scrap of paper if you are going to make your design run off the edge like I did.
8. Load your stamp with ink.
9. Align your stamp on the envelope and press it down firmly (don’t rock it back and forth or you’ll get a double image).
10. Your envelope is stamped! Remove it from the scrap paper, being careful not to smudge the wet ink.
11. While the ink is still wet, pour embossing powder over the design and tap the edges of the envelope to completely cover the design with a light coating of powder.
12. When your design is covered, unfold your envelope along the edges near the design.
13. Heat embossing powder using an embossing heat tool or an iron. I find the iron works just fine, and saved me $20 and some extra space in my crafting area that would have been used for the embossing tool.
14. When entire design is melted, remove from heat.
15. The front of your envelope is complete!
16. When design has cooled, flip envelope over and stamp on the return address. To do this, I found it easiest to center the envelope between two lines on my cutting mat, like so:
The line coming to the center of the envelope is what I used to align my stamp.
Press your stamp down and you’ve got your return address. Hopefully the post office won’t actually need to use it!
17. Load your small stamp with ink.
18. Center on envelope and press down, again without rocking.
19. Emboss as you did on the front while the ink is still wet.
20. Line the edges of the bottom flap of the envelope with tape or glue.
21. Fold bottom flap in on top of side flaps to tape the bottom together.
22. Your envelopes are finished! Take a break to admire your work! Then address them however you like (I printed them out using my personal printer).
Next up in the series, the save-the-date card tutorial.
Now that you’ve made your embossed envelopes, it’s time for the more important part… the cards that will actually tell your guests which date to save.
- Cardstock or cover weight paper (I used 12×12 linen textured cardstock from Jo-Ann’s in white and a moss green color)
- Paper cutter
- Corner rounding paper punch
- Paper punch (I used a 1/16″ punch)
- Small metal brads
- Large stamp (I used the Large Flourish stamp from PaperSource
- Stamp ink (I used a Colorbox stamp pad from PaperSource
- Artwork design
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”> Instructions:
1. Design your artwork. Don’t forget your crop marks and the small dot on the front page to tell you where to place your brad. I actually made the brad mark white, not black, and it was much more discreet; so much so that it wouldn’t show up in the picture.
I designed our save-the-date artwork in Adobe Illustrator. I sized the cards so they would fit in the A2 envelopes we used, and made sure to maximize the number of invites per page by fitting 6 on each 12×12 sheet. This helped me save on printing costs. Caution: Before you buy 12×12 cardstock, make sure whoever you are getting your prints from is capable of printing on 12×12 paper. Not all printers can print on paper this large!
2. Get your prints made. We used a small print shop located in the UP (called CJ Graphics if anyone is interested). It was hard to do this from a distance, but they were great to work with and called me several times asking for Pantone numbers in order to make sure the colors were what I wanted.
3. Start cutting! We found that you have to make less cuts if you cut around the perimeter first, then cut between the cards. (Do as I say, not as I do! The picture below shows me cutting the perimeter last, which takes more cuts and more time!)
4. Stamp and emboss your pages, just like you did on the envelopes.
5. Assemble your pieces (we had three pages) and make sure they line up properly. Trim edges if needed.
6. Round all corners while your cards are stacked. This ensures that all of your pages will match up nicely. If you have more than three pages, you might have to split them up, as it was difficult for us to even put three in the rounder at once.
7. Use your paper punch to punch a hole through all sheets in order to put your brad in.
8. Insert brad and separate prongs to fasten.
9. Your save-the-date cards are complete!
10. Insert your save-the-date cards into your embossed envelope and seal it shut (use your tape roller again if your envelopes are homemade).
11. Add postage and send your lovely save-the-date cards to your guests.
My last post in this series will be a budget breakdown and lessons learned, so stay tuned!
(To check out the original post, click here.)