If you're in charge of planning the bridal shower, one of the first orders of business is getting out the invites. Cross one expense off your list by making these elegant invitations yourself.
- Step 1: Cover the stamped areas with the embossing powder immediately after stamping. Shake off any excess powder.
- Step 2: Dry the ink using the heat from the embossing gun aimed at the stamped powder until the ink rises and turns glossy. Set aside to dry completely. Repeat with each text sheet.
- Step 3: Glue the text sheets to the center of the decorative sheets by applying the glue stick to the back of the text card. Let them dry completely. Then, slip them in the envelopes, hand address them, affix the proper postage, and mail away.
- FACT: According to The Knot Real Weddings Survey, the average cost of wedding invitations was $509 in 2009.
- TIP: Ink a larger, more difficult stamp by turning the pad upside down and pressing the pad against the stamp, lifting and applying ink to several segments to ensure even coverage.
- Step 4: Set the one of the text sheets on a flat surface covered with with newspaper. Press the stamp into the ink pad and firmly stamp the bottom of the text sheet to create a decorative border. Repeat on the top.
- TIP: Proofread thoroughly for typos or have someone scan it for you.
- Step 5: Print out all the invitations on the heavy card stock. Depending on the size of the invitation and the paper size, one page could fit up to four text boxes. Have a few extra printed up in case of mistakes.
- Step 6: Use a paper cutter to cut the text boxes to size, leaving a 1/2-inch border on the top and bottom of the text and a 1/4-inch border on each side.
- Step 7: Prepare the decorative paper that will serve as the backing for the text. Using one of the envelopes as a template, trace the outline onto the back of the paper. Use scissors to cut just inside the lines to ensure the decorative sheets will easily fit inside the envelopes. Repeat for the number of invitations you need.
- Step 8: Create the text of the invitation in Word or Photoshop. Feature the bride's name and include the date and time, address, contact for RSVPs, and places where the bride is registered. Use a font and font color that match the formality and theme of the occasion.