I wanted an invite that looks clean, fun, and is representative of my personality. After searching several paper stores in San Francisco, I decided on a navy, cream, and turquoise theme. I purchased the majority of my supplies at Paper Source. Here's what I used:
- Dark blue cardstock
- Decorative paper
- Glittery paper
- Satin ribbon
- Single hole punch
- Cream printer paper
- First, I decided on the long rectangular shape (4 1/8x9 1/2 inch) of the envelope. Next I cut the navy cardstock down to 4-x-9 inches. This would be the base of the invite.
- I created a stencil of the word party by opening a blank workbook sized at 4-x-9 inches in Photoshop. I made the font as large as it could be (to fit in the space) and printed on regular paper. Using a pencil, I carefully connected the letters and cut out the word. I traced it onto a thick piece of cardstock and cut out again to create a stencil.
- I traced the stencil onto the glittery paper and cut out 20.
- Next I focused on the text. I opened another blank workbook, this time sized at 3-x-8 inches. Then I wrote the following message:
Your presence is requested at a birthday dinner to honor PartySugar
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Cocktails begin at 6:45
Al Hogan's House
Alamo, California 94507
Dress your best!
Regrets only: 415.444.4444
I printed this out and had FabSugar check for spelling and grammatical errors. When I was satisfied with the text, I printed it with a thin border on 23 sheets of nice paper. I cut these down to size.
- To create a border for the back of the invite, I cut the decorative paper into 1-inch strips.
- Next I cut the satin ribbon down to 3-4 inch pieces. I needed 4 ribbons for each invite, in total 80 ribbons.
- Once I had all of the elements ready, it was time to assemble. I punched a whole in the glittery word Party and the base navy cardstock in four places: at the bottom and top of the P and the bottom and top of the Y. I used the ribbon to tie the glittery party stencil to the navy-blue cardstock, and repeated until all the invites were complete.
- Then I turned the invite over and glued the decorative paper strips onto the edge of the navy cardstock to create a border. I trimmed off the excess and used this to fill in the remaining sides, repeating until each invite back had a border.
- I glued the text to the middle of the back of the invite and repeated until all the invite backs were finished.
- To give the invites some sparkle, I glued several sequins to the front (the side with the word party) of each invite. Then I set all of the invites aside to dry for several hours.
- I slide the completed invites into the envelopes, addressed them with a nice navy pen, and sent!