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.
Step 3: Folding and Gluing
1. Mark the middle of your blue paper. (Measurement is on step 2)
2. Fold the left and right sides to the middle making sure that the bottom and top edges stay flush. Use the bone folder to crease the edges.
3. Mark the placement of the black strips on the blue paper.
4. Put some wax paper under a piece of the black paper.
5. Brush on the glue
6. Place and use the bone folder to press it down.
7. Cut the excess black paper off with your ruler and knife.
8. Repeat with the window and Pull to Open sign
9. Press under some heavy books. Put some wax paper on top to keep from accidentally sticking to the books.
Step 4: Invite Innards
This is the most time consuming part of this project. I've attached a jpg and psd version of mine. Just a few details about how I made them if you want/need to start from scratch:
Each section should be 2.5 in wide.
I used an adorable picture of a random couple I found online. So credit where it's due. Thanks JBe Photography!
You'll have to find/take your own adorable picture.
Step 5: Folding and Gluing Innards
1. Use your ruler to mark 2.5 in. sections on the back of the left wing and cut off the excess at the end.
2. Use your ruler and bone folder to create an impression on the back in a straight line. This will help you to fold in the correct place without any guidelines like there are on the right wing.
3. Fold on the impressions and crease with the bone folder
4. Do the same on the right wing, but you use the dotted lines on the front to create the impressions in the correct location.
5. Put wax paper under the appropriate sections, brush on glue, and stick inside your tardis. Use the bone folder to press it in.
6. Put wax paper anywhere that might stick and press under something heavy.
Step 6: Envelope
1. Put your invite in the center of your envelope paper. Then move it down about an inch.
2. Fold the sides in and create preliminary folds.
3. Remove the invite, re-fold while making sure they are all straight, and use the bone folder to crease.
4. Mark the paper 1/4 in. from each crease at the edge. Basically, you need the four flaps to be cut inward just a smidge.
5. Cut the corners off at the marks with a small bit left at the point. See image.
6. Fold in left and right flaps and mark where the bottom flap overlaps them.
7. Brush on glue and use bone folder to press. Be careful not to use too much glue here. You don't want it seeping inside.
Note: When you get ready to seal these, you could use some double stick tape and/or a personalized sticker.
Step 7: Tardis Key
These could be produced quickly with the computer as well, but I thought the gold sharpie and blue paper was cuter.
1. Cut two slits with the box cutter to thread the ribbon through.
2. Glue the top of the tag into the invitation making sure not to get glue on the ribbon. This way the invitee can remove the key by untying the bow.
Now, here's where you can get creative.
At first, I just thought the key was a cool decorative element, but perhaps...
you bought a couple locks
had lots of copies made of one key and dispersed all the keys in the invitations
the one key that is different, could open something cool at the wedding
Would love to hear more ideas for this.