- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
Hello Bride to be’s!!!
After changing our wedding date to a much sooner date, Invitations could not be a fraction of our wedding cost. So the only way not to spend $800+ bucks on invitations, was to DIY them. I swear the task was much easier than I thought it was going to be. Rubberstamping is so fun! But I recommend using a roller and not just the ink pad. It will save you much more time and your arms wont be as tired. Also, what got me through this project, without breaking the bank, COUPONS!! I know this may sound so silly, but its so true. Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann Fabric Coupons were the saviour!
What you will need:
Rubber Stamp- I used a large stamp. The arent cheap, but they arent that expensive. (COUPONS!!!) I decided on this stamp because we are having a backyard wedding, and the birds are always in my moms garden, so it fit perfectly.
Ink Pad/Ink Roller- I didnt research much about ink, until after I brought it. Bad Idea. There were so many to choose from I didnt know which one was the best. My instinct, got me the perfect ink. So make sure you research the ink you want to use for the look you are trying to achieve. I didnt personally use the roller, but i see why they are available.
Notecards/Envelopes- I used Ivory cards for more than one reason, 1. Ivory is our base wedding color. 2. I wouldnt be so nervous with the ink on pure white paper. 3. There was only one pack left in the store. 50 cards and envelopes for 9.99 at Hobby Lobby. (Coupon!! 4.99!)
Large Envelopes-I used two envelopes. You dont have to,
Ribbon- I used 7/8″ ribbon. You can use whatever size/Color. I feel like the size was perfect. Ribbon is not cheap. I again got lucky and Hobby lobby had 50% off all of their ribbon. The amount of ribbon soley depend on how many invitations you need. I personally needed 7 spools. This was one of my tough spots. Satin Navy Blue was hard to come by. I made about 7 trips to 2 different stores for the ribbon.
Embelishments- Another 2 store trip. I fell in love with these rings. My cousin picked them up and again, They were on sale!! Embelishments arent cheap. They can actually raise the invitation bill. With the wedding sale going on it was an okay buy.
Glue- I used a school glue stick to attach my invitation, and line the envelope. Brush on Super Glue for the embelishments,
Dressmaking Scissors-For a sharp cut for Ribbon.
Razor-For nice even slots to enter the ribbon in the card.
Fine Paper- The size, and design, Is your desicion! I love Polkadots! So I just knew that it was a perfect match. Remember when choosing your paper, -Is there enough in stock? Buy,Buy,Buy! Even if you have extras! You never know what can happen and you dont want to be waiting on your local craft store delievery truck.
Tissue Paper/Taffetta- Invitation wrapping!
paper clips, piece of paper
1. Rubber Stamping:
Make sure you begin in a work area thats clean. Also, Make sure you can leave everthing where it is. Its not a one day project! Do a test run first on regular paper, just to see where your skills at.
I began with stamping first. It was the most time consuming part. I was blessed to have my cousin come stamp some of them. You want to make sure your stamp is straight. I really used my eye with this. Im kind of backwards, I ruler checked afterwards. When all the cards where complete, we let them air dry, It didnt take long for the ink to dry,
Make sure when you are stamping, you ink the rubber only! you dont want any access ink to end up on your card.
I thought this was a beautiful way to let our guest know they were invited to a wedding. I extra loved them because they say I love you on the bride ring. Perfect! I decided that it would be beautiful to put them inside the florwer, the birds beak was in, as if he put them there. I Brushed the back of each ring and dabbed a little on the paper. BE CAREFUL! because super glue can show. Just let them sit and try. If you have a fan, sit them in front of it. Dont Touch them, because they will shift and glue will be every where. I left mine to dry for about 1 hour, just to be extra sure. You can use embelishments where ever you like and experiement! I started with Rhinestones and ended with rings. I recommend choosing your stamp before your embelishments.
You want to make sure you have a ruler and a sharp razor. I measured 1/2 inch from the edge of the card. If your razor is sharp it will go through the card. and you will be able to slide the ribbon through each slot. Be careful not the move the razor too quick, the ribbon wont stay and its not a good look.
This Part OMG! who ever knew tying perfect bows was so different from tying your shoes! lol! Thank God for Youtube! After watching. I mastered! I cut maybe 16-18in of ribbon to make a bow comfortably. I cut any excess ribbon. I didnt want to much to hang down. The ribbon also serves as the holder for information cards (ie. reception, response, directions etc..) I believe the size of your ribbon depends on the stamp also.
I used Cardstock for my invitations, and our ink-jet printer. (Post a pic soon) I pasted the invitation to the inside-back of the card. making it the first thing guest see when they open it.
I used Scissors to cut out the invitations and cards. A papercutter will be faster. Assemble the information cards. Stick them, behind the ribbon. They should fit perfectly.