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Hand Made, Vintage English Telegram/Telegraph Theme, Wedding Invitations.

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I have a wedding coming up soon and I thought I would share with you a cheap but very effective way to make a nice, vintage and traditional wedding invitation. We went with this design to go with our vintage/shabby chic theme. I will try answer any questions, (Please note the dates, addresses and names on the invitation has been changed for privacy reasons).

Things that you will need:

  1. Computer software (I used Microsoft Word but people more confident with Photoshop might prefer using it).
  2. Laser printer or access to a Laser photocopier (I used the one in my office). This is so the ink don't run when you wet it later.
  3. Paper, any type will do (I used the cheap office photocopier paper).
  4. Kettle
  5. T-bags
  6. Clean paint brush
  7. Jug that can hold hot water
  8. Tray
  9. A place to hang to dry or an oven
  10. Iron
  11. Dish Cloth
  12. Wax and wax sealing stamp
 
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Step 1: Edit My Template With Your Details.

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Edit my template with your details. The template will be in a .doc format. please only use this for personal use and not to sell.

Click to download: Wedding Document

Step 2: Print Out Document.

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Print the document after you have edited with a laser printer. If you do not own a laser printer then do what I did and photocopy the document (as most photocopiers are laser). You may get away not using a laser printer but I havent tried and would imagine that the ink would run when it gets wet.

Step 3: Brew Your Tea Stain.

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I brewed my tea stain with 5 tea bags to every 1 pint of boiled water. Use the cheapest tea bags you can find. Leave the tea bags to brew for 5 to 10 minutes. and stir occasionally with you paint brush.

Step 4: Tea Stain Your Paper.

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Using a tray, paint the tea onto both sides of the paper. The more tea you use the darker and older it will look. If the paper creases don't worry as this adds to the effect and they will be ironed out later. You want the paper to fully soak up the tea.

craftclarity5 months ago

Oh, that is clever. I like the patina...!