Friday, February 28, 2014

Custom Wedding Invitations

Happy Friday – we made it!

Thought I’d show you today *one* of the reasons I’ve been so busy lately.  People with kids, I have no idea how you do it.  My life is sheer chaos almost all the time and I only have two naughty Bostons.

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These are wedding invitations I hand designed for my brother and future sister-in-law.

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Here’s the process for those interested (with a lot of back and forth in between, this is my first time doing such a large custom order, 120 in total!):

* I came up with a prototype from several different colors and ideas.  We finalized on the above version using a PTI stamp, and hand water colored using Distress Stains in Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Bundled Sage, and Mowed Lawn.  Fonts are simple and elegant; Georgia for the serif and Edwardian for the script.

* We worked out the wording and had local Staples print on their coverstock weight bright white paper for both the invitation wording panel as well as the reply card.  Totally worth the price to have them cut them as well.  They reply cards also got a stamped image afterwards.

* I adhered the wording panel to the water color background using Mod Podge.  This did cause the entire unit to curl slightly, but hey, they’re hand done invitations – perfection is not expected.

* A7 Envelope and 4Bar Envelope ordered from Paper Source.

It was a lot of work to make them, but it was totally worth it.  A close-up of the water colored florals:

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This image is slightly more saturated here on screen so you could see it better.  It is more soft and muted in person.  The darker purple took the most time to do.  Amazing the flexibility of Distress Stains!

Please let me know your thoughts or if you have questions, I’d love to get some feedback after working on this!