So, I've seen some beautiful homemade invites before, but they all seemed so complex that only a crazy person would attempt to make even 10 of them, much less 100! I wanted to make an invite that was not only cool, but practical in terms of making them and guests receiving them. The last wedding invite I received had so many pieces and parts to deal with. I wanted to combine all those parts into the invitation itself. The right side of the invite can be cut into pieces as need with the RSVP going first and the map to the reception last. This invitation is a test drive and does not include real information so it would have to be adjusted to fit the final details.
Step 1: Materials
12x12 Tardis blue paper (I recommend a slick finish. It will make glue mistakes easy to correct and keep them looking clean)
12x12 paper for envelope
pretty white paper
pretty black paper
cardstock that will run through your printer
box cutter or ex-acto knife
small point mechanical pencil
ruler (I have several that I use. One has large markings, one has small markings, and one has cork on the back to keep it from slipping when I use it for a straight edge. If you have one that will do all three of these jobs, you're all set.)
Image editing/Word processing software (I used photoshop.)
PVA glue and paintbrush for invites that are archival OR
a glue stick for quick assembly
Step 2: Cutting
1. Cut your pieces. The images above show all the measurements that I used.
Important Note: Cut a strip of black paper that is a bit too long instead of the width that I wrote. It will be easier to make sure it fits.
The fastest and easiest way to get good straight cuts is to mark your paper lightly with a pencil, line your ruler up and use it as a straight edge. Cut along the edge of your ruler with the box cutter.