DIY Wedding Invitations

 

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This photo was taken from our friend and wedding photographer Sabrina Nohling’s instagram/facebook!

(If you are searching for a photographer Sabrina is awesome! There is a link to her facebook!)

Implied by the title of this blog I am getting married soon. Part of planning a wedding is sending out the invitations. I looked for months at different websites, on pinterest, in stores, on etsy, and could not find what I wanted that wouldn’t cost us an arm and a leg. (We are both still in school and poor) So I decided I was going to make my own because I wanted white writing on kraft paper. To my surprise printers do not print white ink! Who knew?  So plan B, I decided I would do a fun stamp design in white on the kraft paper. These wedding invitations were a hassle I will admit but I couldn’t be more happy with how they turned out!

I designed the different cards on a FREE website called picmonkey! Once I had the design I wanted I saved them to my computer and printed them on my printer!  It was super easy and they printed very clear on my printer! I can’t wait to read all of the mad libs we get back!

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I sent Stamp Out Online the photo on the right and they took the border and made it into a stamp! How cool! The photo on the left is the design that I printed for the actual invitations we used!

That whole process of cutting the paper and designing the cards took awhile but sadly that was the easy part. I decided to stamp and emboss the invitations! For those of you that do not know what embossing is it is a pretty simple time consuming process. You stamp the paper with ink or a sticky ink, the sprinkle powder on top (kind of what you would do with glue and loose glitter), then you tap off the extra powder, and heat the design with a heat gun. The stamp I used I got from a wonderful and quick Etsy company called Stamp Out Online. I designed the stamp myself and they turned into an actual stamp! I would highly recommend them to anyone! I was able to borrow the heat gun from one of my Bridesmaids – shout out to Tegan! Now I had never embossed before so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Some people even told me I was crazy!

When I went home for spring break I took about 120 of the invitations cards with me home to work on. (I didn’t have any of the other cards printed yet). I bought the embossing powder and the sticky stamp pad that they say to use and tried it out with my soon to be sister-in-law Christy. Sadly it was bad. The powder wouldn’t stick to the ink and it left the invitations really blotchy. So we re-grouped the next day after some intensive reading of online reviews of stamp pads. Perfect way to spend an evening! 😉 Just kidding! We ended up getting white ink this time rather than the sticky pad thanks to some reviews and man it made a difference! Over the next 6 hours I stamped and powdered the invitations while Christy heated them under the heat gun. I came back to school with 119 invitation cards done and way to many more to do.

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Me with the 119 invitations I got done over break.

We had to get our invitations done in the next two weeks and there was way too much other stuff going on including school and a trip to Indianapolis for a Student Affairs conference. So over the next two weeks any time Jacob, my fiance, came over to visit he got dragged into heating the invitations. I figured he couldn’t screw that up because he just had to hold the paper under and watch the powder melt! He sure did complain alot though! I must already be good at blocking that out! :] We eventually got all 160 invitation cards, reply postcards, and accommodation cards done! Not to mention stuffing and addressing all of them as well! I’d probably still be working on them had it not been for Jacob’s help!

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Stuffing all of the invitations! It took forever!

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All three cards together

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The invitation card

Although they were a pain to do I couldn’t be more happy with how they turned out! So many people have already told me how awesome they are and it makes all the time and work that went into them worth it! And now I am done and they are long gone and in the mail!

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Special thanks to all those who helped me make these invitations – Tegan, Christy, and Jacob!

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