Make Your Own Invitation
This invitation design can be used for any birthday, anniversary, retirement or dinner party. The invitation design is rated at average in difficulty and cost to make is under $1.00 USD each, not including envelope. The invitation card can be mailed with or without an envelope. All materials can be found at your local craft stores.
Materials per invitation:
- One sheet of 8 ½” by 11” heavy 30# to 50# paper stock with color and print of choice. Many of these will have each side a different color, a nice touch.
- One sheet of 8 ½” by 11” printable 24# linen or resume paper stock with suggested color of ivory, ecru or bright white, can be used for.
- One sheet of 8 ½” by 11” translucent vellum paper, can be used for 2 – 3 invitations.
- One 6” piece of ribbon 3/8” wide, coordinate color with heavy paper stock.
These tri-fold designs are popular due to their low cost and ease of assembly, yet it has a unique look and feel. The outside of the invitation can be chosen to complement the occasion or person of honor. The heavy paper stock can be found in many different colors and patterns; sports, romance, children and neutral.
To start, design your wording for the center section and optionally any right side picture, clip art or embellishment you may want to add. The wording should include the four W’s; What, Why, When and Where. In the example shown, a digital picture was sized, color removed and printed on an ordinary inkjet printer. The color was removed with an image editing tool so the ivory paper would have less affect on the printed version. An actual picture on quality paper could be placed here also. Or just about any clip art that fits with the occasion.
Once the design is completed, place the printable paper into the printer and print how many copies needed. The amount of paper can be minimized here by printing the wording in landscape with 2 – 3 columns, each column will be identical. These can then be cut to the proper size along with the vellum paper, both should be 3 ¼” wide and 6 ¾” tall. Any embellishment, picture or art on the right section should be a maximum of this same size, 3 ¼” wide and 6 ¾” tall.
Use the attached .pdf file as a guide in measuring and cutting the heavy stock cover paper. There are two simple cuts that can best be made with a metal right angle and utility knife. Punch two holes into the top cover paper fold-over, centered 1” apart and also through the vellum and printed paper with wording. Make the three folds as shown on the cover paper.
Weave the ribbon through the three pieces of paper as shown and tack down with a fast drying glue. Any picture or art can be attached to the right section fold out with a spray adhesive, paper glue or double sided tape. A good spray adhesive works very well with attaching two pieces of paper and photographs.
Fold the invitation and crease each fold by running a smooth object over the folds several times. A mailing sticker can be added to the outside of the invitation to help ensure the invitation stays flat
Until opened. This invitation can be mailed with and without an envelope.
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