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One Invitation, Four Ways to Customize

01/03/2011 | Wedding Ideas | item #61007

We’ve chosen one of our own invitation designs to show you four creative, and entirely different ways to make this simple invitation your own.

For this example we’re using the very versatile, classic Pearl Ivory Border Wedding Invitation by Gartner Studios. You can order the invitation on gartnerstudios.com to customize and print at home. When your package arrives, you can download the template to personalize this invitation by entering the last five numbers from the barcode on the package into the search field on this website. That is your SKU number. For the Pearl Ivory Border invite, use SKU 61007. Type in your event details into the template, choosing a font and color that best captures your look. If you plan to add decorative elements to the top, bottom, or edges, take that into consideration when typing. Then, print the invitations. Now it’s time to get really creative!

Classic Preppy

Look #1: Classic Preppy

Gather your printed invitations. Using a utility knife and metal-edged ruler for accuracy, trim just inside the pearl border, discarding the outside edging. You will completely cut off the pearl border.

Step 1:  Wrap the invite with a coordinating ribbon of your choice so the ribbon wraps entirely around the invite then adhere the ribbon closed on the backside.

Step 2:  Trim patterned coordinating craft backer paper so that it is 5 ½” x 8 ½”, slightly larger than your trimmed, printed invitation and lay the invite on top of the paper, adhering it to the craft paper with double stick tape or glue. The back of the ribbon will be hidden by the backer paper.

Step 3:  Line the envelope with coordinating patterned craft paper of your choice using double stick tape or glue.

 

Elegant Damask

Look #2: Elegant Damask

Step 1:  Gather your printed invitations. Using a utility knife and metal-edged ruler for accuracy, trim just inside the pearl border, discarding the outside edging. You will completely cut off the pearl border.

Step 2:  Trim solid-colored contrasting craft backer paper so that it is 5 ½” x 8 ½”, slightly larger than your printed invitation. You will mount your invitation to this paper.

Step 3:  Using a corner rounder, round the corners of the invite and the colored backer paper.

Step 4:  Using your favorite paper punch design, punch a decoration into the invitation. The color of the backer paper will show through.

Step 5:  Wrap a wide contrasting ribbon around backer paper, completely covering the back and meeting the edges to the front of the paper. Adhere the ribbon closed on the front side. The raw edges will be covered by the invitation.

Step 6:  Attach the invite in the center of the backer paper, over the ribbon edges, using double stick tape or glue.

Step 7:  Line the envelope with coordinating patterned craft paper of your choice using double stick tape or glue.

 

Sparkle Affair

Look #3: Sparkle Affair

Step 1:  Choose a wide ribbon in a coordinating color. Using a utility knife and metal-edged ruler for accuracy, cut a series of slits along the inside of the pearl border. The slits should correspond to the width of the ribbon you selected. Love the look of ribbon in different widths? To create the look of various sizes of ribbon, simply cut a larger-width ribbon in half down the middle. Get creative with different colors and textures.

Step 2:  Weave the ribbon through the slits and adhere ends together on backside of invitation. Watch your ribbon edges so they are clean.

Step 3:  Line the envelope with coordinating patterned craft paper of your choice using double stick tape or glue.

 

Colorful Whimsy

Look #4: Colorful Whimsy

Step 1:  Using hole punches in varying sizes, punch holes across the top and in the lower left hand corner of the invitation. Be sure to stay inside the pearl border. Each invite will be slightly unique with no two invites exactly alike. Idea: save the punched holes to add confetti to the inside of the envelope for an added fun surprise. Hole punches could be circles, flowers, hearts…the possibilities are many.

Step 2:  Trim patterned coordinating craft backer paper so that it is 5 ½” x 8 ½”, slightly larger than your printed invitation and lay the invite on top of the paper, adhering it to the craft paper with double stick tape or glue. Be careful not to put tape behind your punched holes or it will be visible.

Step 3:  Line the envelope with coordinating patterned craft paper of your choice using double stick tape or glue.