Hello friends. Today I have a very special project to share with you. My sister is got married last month and I had the honor of designing her wedding invitations. The wedding invitation suite consisted of three main parts: the invitation, the R.S.V.P. card, and the Save The Date calendar sticker. The theme for the wedding was Woodland and the colors were orange, silver, and steel blue.
I have included a few links in the article below to the products I used to make these invitations, but please note that while I do receive a small compensation for items bought through the links, I never recommend products that I don’t use and love myself! I was not asked by Cricut or any of these companies to use their products or provide these links, I just think these products were perfect for this project.
Save The Date Calendar Sticker
To save a little bit of money, we decided to make simple stickers for people to put on their calendars rather than a traditional save the date post card. I made these stickers using my Cricut Explore™ in Cricut Design Space™. I used the Print Then Cut feature to print the text then cut the circle shape of the calendar sticker. I printed these out on Cricut® Printable Sticker Paper. I set the dial on my Cricut Explore to “Custom” then selected the Cricut Sticker Paper from the drop down menu. The great thing about this setting is that the Cricut will only cut through the top layer of the paper and leave the backing in tact.
The next element of the wedding suite was the RSVP cards. I loved making these and I think they turned out great. I again used my Cricut Explore™ and the Print Then Cut feature in Cricut Design Space™. I laid out the design I wanted and put a cut line around the outside of it. This cut down on the amount of trimming we would have to do after the printing. We used Neenah Solar White 80 lb cardstock. This may be my new favorite cardstock for Print Then Cut. It is very smooth and cuts beautifully.
The invitations were by far the most labor intensive part of this suite. Thank goodness I had my sister and her fiancee here to help!
To start out we stamped the images we wanted for the inside of the invitations. (There were 1,200 images in all!) We used the Lawn Fawn stamp set “Gleeful Gardens” and its coordinating dies. We then colored all the images with Derwent Inktense colored pencils and highlighted the white areas with Copic Opaque White. Next we die cut all the images. We held the dies in place with washi tape. As we die cut everything, we kept them separated by image so it would be easier when we got to our assembly line.
The next step was decorating the outside of the invitations. To stick with the woodland theme, we chose a beautiful birch patterned paper from Hobby Lobby and cut a few strips and adhered those to the outside of the invitation. Then, using my Cricut Explore™ I made a two part stencil from the Cricut Cuttables Adhesive Backed Stencil Material (this material is no longer available but you can find a similar item here).
To stencil the front of the invitations, we used Distress Inks, and the Mini Blending Tool. To get started, we laid down the open heart stencil and pounced on Walnut Distress Ink. Then we placed the second stencil in place and pounced on Rusty Hinge Distress Ink using a finger dauber. We held the stencils in place with washi tape rather than using the strong adhesive on the stencil material. These inks gave a very beautiful air brushed look to the front of the cards.
For the inside of the cards we printed the invitation wording on blue card stock and adhered it to the inside of the birch cards. To give the invitations a touch of elegance, we added a velum overlay. So the guest could still easily read the words underneath, we attached the velum only at one corner. The last step of the invitations was to add all of our little hand colored creatures to the front of the velum overlay.
The final step in the process was packaging everything up. We purchased simple cream colored envelopes from our local stamping shop. The RSVP card went into a 4-bar sized envelope with the return address on it for guests to easily mail back, and the invitation itself went into an A2 sized envelope; these along with the Save the Date sticker all got tucked into an A7 envelope.
This was a super long post and thank you so much for sticking with me to the end! Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!