- 6 years ago
- Wedding: March 2012
I was able to make 100 invitation suites with 100 matching thank you cards as well as 50 bookmarks to be sent with my thank you notes for my bridal shower for around $210 including all postage. Each invitation suite contains a embossed envelope, an embelished belly band, an invitation, an information card with a map, a photo sharing card, and a RSVP card with a stamped envelope. The invitation is completely hand made, and my information and photo sharing card were both ordered from Vista Print.
Breakdown of costs:
34 sheets of 12×12 card stock – $15 (40% off sale at Michaels)
50 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 vellum paper – $5 (50% off coupon from Michaels)
50 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 red paper for wrap around labels – $1.50 (80% off at Michaels)
50 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 black paper for thank you cards – $1.50 (80% off at Michaels)
2 spools of red ribbon – $4(from Walmart)
printer ink – $5 (Amazon generic)
100 RSVP cards with envelopes – $6 ($3 for the cards and $3 in paper/jewels for embelishments from Big Lots)
2 in 1 Invisible Ink Pen UV Black Light Combo to number RSVP’s – $2 (message me for the link)
100 information post cards from Vista Print – $3 (only paid for shipping)
100 photo sharing post cards from Vista Print – $3 (only paid for shipping)
100 invitation envelopes – $4 (buy 2, get 1 free at Office Max)
100 thank you card envelopes – $6 ($10 off $20 coupon at Office Max)
100 stamps for invitations – $44
100 stamps for RSVP’s – $64 (because I used an irregular size envelope)
100 stamps for thank you cards – $44
black embossing powder – $2 (80% off with sale and coupon from Michaels)
I already had pigment ink and the embossing tool otherwise I would have had to spend an additional $25.
Instructions on how to make the invitation suites and thank you cards:
1. Found sheets of card stock (12×12) in a design that I liked. I cut that down to cards that were 8×4 and saved the remainder of the paper for the thank you cards.
2. I bought some vellum paper and cut those into 8×4 sheets as well. The remainder of the vellum I saved and made into “thank you” book marks for the bridal shower thank you cards.
3. I opened up a word document and set the page size to 8×4 and wrote the text. You need to make sure to start the text a few lines down the page so that the ribbon which holds the two sheets together doesn’t cover the words.
4. After my vellum was printed I lined up the card stock and vellum together and hole punched them about 1/2″ from the top and about 3/4″ apart. I then took a 7″ long ribbon and insert it through the front so that it looks like the picture below.
Then I turned the invitation around and crossed the ribbon and pulled the ribbon back out through the holes to the front of the invitation so that it looks like this.
5. I went on Vistaprint.com and created the information card and the photo sharing card on the site. I had a coupon to get 100 post cards for free, so I only had to pay for the shipping.
6. I bought my RSVP cards from Big Lots but felt that they were too plain. I used my Cricut to cut out flowers in black and red and glued them onto the RSVP cards. I then glued a jewel in the middle of the flower. I read on another forum about using a 2 in 1 Invisible Ink Pen UV Black Light Combo to track which RSVP’s go to which guest. I heard some horror stories about people getting back RSVP’s without anyone’s name on them and they had to call around to find out who’s it was. This way I had a spread sheet with every guests name and address and wrote their corresponding number in the invisible ink on the RSVP cards.
7. I designed the tag for the belly bands in word and printed them out on white cardstock that I had in my craft closet. I then glued a jewel on to each one to make it sparkle. I then cut the black craft paper into 8×1 strips. When it came time to wrap them around the invitation suites I glued the band to itself first and then glued the tag on top of the band.
8. For the thank you cards I cut the black card stock into 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ cards. I then used the left over designed card stock from the invitations by cutting it into 5 1/2″ x 2″ strips. I glued that onto the cards along with some of the left over red ribbon. Then I cut some white card stock into 2″ x 1″ rectangles and stamped thank you on them and glued those to the card.
9. The final step was heat embossing the envelopes with the damask heart stamp. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Check out the tutorials on youtube as they are the best way to learn to heat emboss.
I may have forgotten a step or two. So, let me know if you have any questions.
This was what I originally came up with for the invitations and thank you cards. I felt that they were too plain and kept adding to it until I felt satisfied.