I was recently asked by my Significant Other’s sister to create her wedding invitations. Planning a wedding is an exciting journey filled with decisions and details that reflect your unique style as a couple. When it comes to wedding invitations, they serve as a sneak peek into your special day and can set the tone for the entire event. If you’re looking to add an individualized touch and save some money in the process, why not consider making your own wedding invitations using cardstock and vellum? In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process, step by step, so you can create beautiful and customized invitations that will impress your guests.
- Cardstock: Choose a high-quality cardstock in the color and texture that suits your wedding theme. I used Basis Card Stock in Natural.
- Vellum: This translucent paper adds an elegant touch and allows for creative layering. For this invitation I used CTI Glama Natural Translucent (Vellum)
- Printer: A reliable printer that can handle different paper weights and sizes.
- Design Software: The invitations were created in Photoshop.
- Paper Trimmer or cutting machine: For this project I used my Siser Juliet High-Definition Cutter.
- Embellishments: Optional, but I included twine and wax seals.
Step 1: Design Your Invitation
Begin by sketching or using design software to create your invitation layout. Consider your wedding theme, color scheme, and any specific motifs or graphics you’d like to incorporate. Once she was satisfied with the design, I made sure to adjust the dimensions to fit your chosen cardstock size.
Step 2: Gather Your Materials
Purchase the necessary cardstock and vellum in the desired colors and textures. Ensure that your printer is compatible with the chosen paper weights. Set up your work area with all the materials and tools you’ll need.
Step 3: Print and Trim
Load the cardstock into your printer and print a test page to ensure the layout and colors are as intended. Once satisfied, print the final invitation designs on the cardstock. Allow the ink to dry completely before handling. Using my Juliet I cut each invitation to the desired size, ensuring clean and straight edges.
Step 4: Layer with Vellum
Because the vellum will be wrapped around the invitation, cut the vellum paper to slightly larger dimensions than the cardstock. The vellum should create a delicate border around the cardstock, allowing the design to show through.
Step 5: Add Finishing Touches
Now that your basic invitation is complete, it’s time to add some extra flair. I gently folded the vellum around the invitation, wrapped it with twine, and secured it in place with a wax seal. Be sure to experiment with different placements and arrangements until you achieve the desired look.
Step 6: Assemble and Send
Once the invitations are completed, carefully stack them, ensuring they are well-protected. Prepare the envelopes by addressing them neatly or utilizing calligraphy for an elegant touch. Don’t forget to include additional inserts, such as RSVP cards or maps, if necessary. Finally, assemble your invitations and send them out to your guests, eagerly awaiting their presence on your special day.
Designing and creating your own wedding invitations using cardstock and vellum can be a rewarding and cost-effective endeavor. By infusing your personal style and creativity into every aspect, you’ll not only save money but also craft invitations that truly reflect your love story. The cardstock and vellum I used was wonderful to work with. The invitations came out beautifully! I can’t wait for her to send them to her guests!