In last week’s post we talked about how to print and mat the invitation that you created out of VG Invite’s printable wedding stationery, using PicMonkey (a free, online graphics editing program). This post is the third is a series on customizing your wedding invitations. In part 3 we will be discussing how to embellish, decorate, and package your invitations.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Rhinestones are a great choice for this project because they add a little bit of flair to any stationary without adding to much bulk or weight to the invitation. If you can’t find self-adhesive rhinestones, try using a dab of craft glue.
The next step is to tie the invitation pieces together with a piece of twine or ribbon. Traditionally, you should have three different pieces: the invitation, a details page, and a response card of some sort. You can then slip the whole ensemble into the black envelope to make sure that they all fit but make sure that you take them back out before you move on to the next step.
Add a touch of elegance to the envelope by writing the address in a silver or white gel pen (like this envelope found on Style Me Pretty) with some gold accents. To ensure that your calligraphy or address looks professionally done, draw some guide lines lightly with pencil. If you are pretty good at mimicking different styles of fonts, choose your favorite style and print out your addresses. That way, you can copy the font on the envelope. Lightly write the address in pencil first, so that you can adjust for any mistakes in design or placement. Afterward, trace over the text with your gel pen. Make sure that you wait for the ink to dry before you go back and erase all of the guide lines and any pencil that might show through your ink. Preferably overnight because the ink may feel dry to the touch, but will smudge when you begin to erase.
Don’t worry about being perfect. The great part about handwriting your envelopes is that it feels personalized. Each envelope and address is special because of that. One of my mantras is, "there is perfecting in imperfection." Remember that and you will relieve a lot of pressure. In addition to that, keep in mind that you’re going to need enough time to work with each envelope. It is easier and produces better products to plan extra time for each instead of rushing through the whole project.
The embellishments that we went over today aren’t just for weddings either. Handwriting and using calligraphy for addresses instead of printing out labels is a wonderful way to give your wedding stationery that special touch.
Remember that while these tutorials show you what to do using a wedding invitation example, you can use my printable wedding stationery for just about anything. Use VG Invites printable papers to add your own special flair to your home, your office, stationary, or for DIY projects (like origami, scrapbooking, or other art projects). There are so many different styles that are available, you will most certainly find something that matches your style. And if you can’t find something that matches your tastes, message Victoria at in her Etsy shop at www.vginvites.etsy.com to ask her about the cost of personalized designs. You may even want to pick up a few penpals so that you can show off your flashy new printable papers and embellishment techniques.
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