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Bridal shower invitations, all gussied up with people to invite!

In my opinion, invitation kits are a fantastic base to start out with when creating your perfect invitations.  This instructable gives some ideas on how to personalize your invitation when starting out with a kit.

Step 1: Selecting your kit.

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You can find a wide variety of pre-packaged invitation kits that are printable.  Some ideas on where to look include: Michaels, Target, Staples, Office Depot, Paper-Source, Papyrus, Hallmark.

This is the kit that I found at Mimio in Pasadena. http://www.mimiopapers.com/
The delicate cherry blossoms give a garden type feel which was perfect for the vibe I wanted to give for my planned event.

Step 2: Materials

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Then I sort of built from there based on the inspiration I found, grabbing stuff from Blick Art Supplies http://www.dickblick.com/ and some extra pieces from Paper Source http://www.paper-source.com/ 

Ink from Blick, and also green flat cards, white flat cards, green envelopes and cherry blossom paper from Paper Source. (The ribbon came from my giant box o ribbons but I believe I picked it up down at the Flower Market in downtown LA.)


Step 3: Tools

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Tools included scissors, pinking sheers, ruler, pen, glue dots, glue stick, calligraphy pen for dipping and removable scotch tape.

Pinking sheers you can get from a place like JoAnne's
Pen you can get from Michael's or an art store.

Step 4: Addressing - Part 1

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I already submitted an instructable for DIY Calligraphy.  However, I'll sum up again.

For printing addresses on envelopes, Scotch makes removable tape. This is PERFECT for tacking that flap down to run through the printer smoothly. No paper jams and crumpled envelopes = no tearing out hair and buying more envelopes.

Step 5: Addressing - Part 2

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I then took my little acrylic ink and dipping pen and patiently traced over the letters. This takes a little time. However, I love the finished look, and it sort of raises up the letters to give a hint of texture similar to thermography.

Step 6: Creating an envelope liner

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for the inside, I sacrificed an envelope to create my template, then traced and cut out envelope liners out of the cherry blossom paper. Paper was then glued to the inside using my glue stick.
 
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tatihana003 years ago
wow, this is really lovely and fairly easy way of jazzing up invites.
as a side note, i love the personal tea-for-one and the ribbons on the chairs. i can imagine little girls with colorful dresses running around and playing with the ribbons.
scoochmaroo4 years ago
Wow. Very inspiring. At first, I thought I wasn't going to like the project because you used premade supplies, but I'm glad I read through it! You did a lot with what you found and turned run-of-the mill stationery into something truly unique and exquisite.

Say, are you available to design a wedding in June? ;D
mhudnall (author)  scoochmaroo4 years ago
Thanks!

Funny you should ask... I used to do wedding invites for folks. Now I do floral design for weddings instead. Same amount of effort, but the hand doesn't cramp up from addressing envelopes.