Homemade Wedding Invitation Elegant Purple

Homemade Wedding Invitation That’s Purple and Elegant

Here we go again, another bride and groom inspired card. This time for my nephew’s wife’s sister. Say that fast 10 times! Nici loved my simple, gate fold bride and groom card and asked my sister and I to make her wedding invitations. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. A special thank you to my mom for helping us make the 40 invitations.

Elegant Purple Wedding InvitationAs you can see here, Nici’s wedding colors are a light shade of purple. She called it Wisteria. We had few options at the store, so we opted to accent the lilac with a deeper purple.

The white crack in the middle of the card is the gate fold, meaning the card opens in the middle just under the dress. That feature alone, took a lot of time. There are two sets of layered cardstock (left and right). Black on lilac on purple all adhered to the black cardstock.

We also opted to add a few extra features. The tux shirt is all free handed. The bow tie and lapels are cut by hand. The buttons are from a small hole punch. The tux shirt is white glitter paper cut from a template. (Video and template available from this Wedding Card Post).

If that wasn’t enough, we went the extra mile on the dress. It is stamped and embossed using “bridal” embossing powder. Then, we stamped another dress and cut out the bottom part of the dress then trimmed and layered that on top of the original dress. We used single sided tape at the waist and puffy tape at the base of the layer to give it dimension.

Homemade Wedding Invitation Interior

We went very traditional for the inside. We printed the invite on plain white paper and frame that on the right and left with the lilac.

The invite pictured here was the small invitation. We actually had wider margins on the finished piece.

Homemade Wedding Invitation Save the Date Card

Two Options for Save the Date CardsThe wedding guests RSVP’d via the internet, so we only needed a Save the Date card inside. We provided two options to Nici, she chose the Daisy theme, because it is the flower she is using in her wedding.

The flower is a QuicKutz die. I love the pop of color and the contrast of the purple against the black. The other card is more simple and straight forward. An option I put together for the fiance who indicated that he would like to see something simple.

Close Up of Daisy Save the DateAs you can see, we also incorporated the thin purple ribbon from the dress into the Save the Date card. We used a thin double sided tape to adhere it.

Again, the text is printed on plain white paper and adhered to a piece of black cardstock.

Homemade Wedding Invitation Supply List

  • Matte and Shiney Black cardstock
  • Lilac and Purple Cardstock (DCWV)
  • White cardstock and copy paper
  • Sparkle White cardstock (DCWV)
  • 1/8″ lilac ribbon
  • Dress Stamp (My Sentiments Exactly)
  • Daisy Die Cut (QuicKutz)
  • gems
  • printed invitations
  • double sided tape
  • puffy tape

Wedding Invitation Pocket Card

Wedding Invitation Pocket Card

It just hit me that I haven’t shown you the homemade wedding invitation pocket card I created for my nephew. Oops. I’ve shown you the:

The Wedding Invitation Pocket Card – The Unveiling

But alas, I have not shown you the wedding invitation. So without further delay, the invitation! Click for a larger view.

Front of Invitation. Blue is the pocket

Front of Invitation. Blue is the pocket

The invitation is printed on vellum. We discussed lots of options for attaching vellum, but decided to use my new corner punch to tuck each corner into the black cardstock. The cardstock is cut short on the right hand side to reveal the blue pocket inside. Not all of the pocket is revealed…but enough to bring the color to the front.

I actually stuggle designing with teal blue. So I was pleased with the end result. A special thank you to the bride, my mom and my sister for helping mass produce these invitatations. I think we made approximately 50 of them….I can’t remember.

Save the Date Card, Parking Pass and Map in the pocket.

Save the Date Card, Parking Pass and Map in the pocket.

I designed a parking pass, a save the date card and a map to the wedding and reception. They all fit into the interior pocket. My neice took pictures of the soon to be bride and groom for the save the date card. I use InDesign for my layout software.

A note on printing on vellum: I have a toner based printer, not an inkjet and it turns out great. I have had people tell me they have problems with the ink smudging with their ink jet printers. If you don’t have a toner based printer, you may want to consider having your vellum invitations printed at a copy center.

Note for reference: It would probably have been cheaper (but not nearly as fun) to have these printed! I think we ended up spending $2 per card for everything except labor. It was a labor of love, but not necessarily a savings to the pocket book! =)

Wedding Invitation Pocket Card Supply List:

  • Corner punch – Making Memories
  • vellum – Hobby Lobby
  • black paper – reem purchased at Xpedx
  • Blue Sparkle Paper – Jo-Ann
  • Copy Paper
  • P from QuicKutz Soph Alpha set
  • decorative edge scissors
  • Silver Paper
  • Brads
  • ribbon
  • printer for invitation

Bride and Groom Take 2

Stamping with Princess – Bride and Groom Take 2

I’ve modified the bride and groom card from an earlier post. And, again, I saw this idea on someone elses site…who saw it on someone elses site. But we don’t know where it originated from.  With wedding season upon us I thought it would be appropriate to revisit this card. This time I also have a video tutorial to go along with it. I will try to post that later this week…after I learn how to take it off the camcorder and create it in iMovie!

This card would make for a great handmade wedding invitation. The bride and groom invitation could also be modified to include some wedding colors by changing out the ribbon on the dress and the bowtie on the tux. Or it can be used as a congratulations on your wedding card. Check out my ealier versions: wedding thank you card and anniversary card.

Yes, I'm holding the card closed.

Yes, I'm holding the card closed.

I used the My Sentiments exactly dress rubber stamp to create this. I also added a second layer of the dress and tied a ribbon around the waist which is tied in a knot. I used Bridal embossing powder and clear embossing pad for the sparkle.

The card opens in the center…as seen in the photo below.

Card opens in the center.

Card opens in the center.

Inside I’ve stamped some Stampin’ Up sentiments.

The simple words, "Celebrate Love"

The simple words, "Celebrate Love"

It’s actually smaller than the standard A2 size card. It’s approximately 4.25″ x 4.25″. The tux shirt is made with white sparkle cardstock with shiney black cardstock accents. The dress is a matte white cardstock with embossing. The buttons on the tux shirt are 1/4″ punch. The tie was hand cut.

Check back later this week for the video!

Stamping with Princess – The Wedding

After the Princess Bridal Shower – The Wedding!

Wedding invitation with a Chinese Flair

Wedding invitation with a Chinese Flair

It was an internationally themed wedding. The bride had lived in China for 5 years and Boliva for a year and a half. So, we set the theme in motion with wedding invitations that had a chinese flair.

The chinese symbol “double happiness” is often used in Chinese weddings, so we started with that. I couldn’t find a rubber stamp of “double happiness” at any of the local craft stores, so I had a stamp made. Later I found the symbol on the Hero Arts website ( http://heroarts.com/ ).

Much of the card is my own creation (at least the exterior is), but I was deeply  inspired by two websites for various bits and pieces. The chinese website (which I can’t find right now) gave me the inspiration for the red strip with the chinese symbol (in this case “love”) and bamboo. Both stamps of which I found at Hobby Lobby. The FREE Bridal Class and website at Archiver’s  ( http://www.archiversonline.com/categories/28 ) gave me lots of inspirtation for the typesetting and Save the Date Card.

Inside the Chinese Wedding Invitation

Inside the Chinese Wedding Invitation

Let me finish by saying that I don’t think we saved the bride and groom any money by making the 100+ invitations ourselves. We probably could have if I had designed a more traditional and simple card. But what’s the fun in that! Besides, the whole family got involved in stamping, cutting, taping, folding etc. Everyone except the bride, who was still in Bolivia until 10 days before the wedding! =)


  • Hero Arts Decorative Bamboo K4900 rubber stamp
  • Hero Arts Chinese Love Wish E1715 rubber stamp
  • Double Happiness Stamp (I made my own but Hero Arts has one)
  • 1 piece red cardstock with sparkles
  • 1 piece black cardstock
  • 1 piece silver cardstock
  • 2 pieces 8.5 x 11 white vellum
  • 1 piece of copy paper
  • silver embossing powder
  • embossing ink
  • VersaMark inkpad
  • QuicKutz Nesting Circles – I used the inside of the largest circle which makes your circle about 3 3/8 inches in diameter.
  • embossing gun
  • thin red jute
  • white ribbon with silver accents
  • mini single hole punch
  • double sided tape specifically designed for vellum

Instructions for the Invitation:

  1. Score and fold the 8 1/2 x 11 vellum at 3 6/8 and 9 1/4. This will become your cover. This is something like a C fold. When folded, the smaller side will be on the right.
  2. Trim a piece of silver cardstock 1/2 x 8 1/2. Adhere to right side of the left panel.
  3. Trim a piece of black cardstock to 3 3/8 x 8 1/2. Randomly stamp the love symbol on the black cardstock with VersaMark inkpad.
  4. Adhere black cardstock to the left side of the left panel. The silver cardstock should be peaking out the right side.
  5. Die cut a 3 3/8 circle on the sparkly red cardstock. Stamp the “double happiness” symbol in the center of the circle with the embossing pad and silver embossing powder. Heat set the symbol.
  6. Punch two holes in the bottom right of the circle about 1 inch apart. I punched mine so that when adhered to the card it appears that there is one hole over the black and one hole over the vellum. Tie a chinese bow with the jute in those circles.
  7. Attach white ribbon the back of the circle so the ribbon looks like a tab on the right side of the circle. It should stick out about 1/2 inch.
  8. Adhere the circle to the left panel so that it overlaps the right panel. Be careful to only put tape on the left panel of the card. If you want your card to lay flat and stay closed, you can use a very, very small amount of temporary tape to hold the right side of the circle to the right panel.
  9. In a word processing program, typeset the inside of your wedding invitation.  The left panel should measure 3 1/2  x 8 1/2. The right panel should measure 5 3/8 x 8 1/2.  Save room on the right side of the right panel for the red strip of cardstock which will take about 2 1/4 inches. Print on white vellum.
  10. Trim white vellum invitation to 8 15/16. Fold at 3 1/2. You’ll notice that this inside invitation is just a bit smaller than the outside cover.
  11. Trim a piece of sparkly red cardstock to 2 x 8 1/4. Stamp the “love” symbol on the top portion and the bamboo on the bottom portion using embossing pad and silver embossing powder. Heat set with embossing gun.
  12. Trim a piece of silver cardstock to 1/2 x 8 1/4. Adhere underneath the left side of the sparkly red cardstock so that 1/8 shows.
  13. Adhere red and silver cardstock to the right side of the right panel so that it is centered top to bottom.
  14. Place the interior invitation inside the cover piece. Put a small amount of tape on the left panel so the two pieces stay together.
  15. Wrap jute around the left fold two times and tie a chinese bow.
  16. Fold closed to form your chinese wedding invitation booklet.
Save the Date Card for Chinese Wedding

Save the Date Card for Chinese Wedding

Instructions for the Save the Date Card:

  1. Trim a piece of black cardstock to 2 1/2 x 3 7/8.
  2. Trim a piece of silver cardstock to 2 1/8 x 3 7/8. Adhere silver cardstock to black cardstock centering it top to bottom.
  3. Typeset the Save the Date information in a word processing program so that the final printout will be 3 1/2 x 2 1/8. Print on copy paper and trim. 
  4. Punch small two small holes (one above the other) on the left bottom part of the copy paper about 1/4 inches apart and approximately 1/4 inch from the left and bottom. Tie a piece of red jute through the holes.
  5. Adhere to silver cardstock so that it is centered left to right.
  6. Put the Save the Date card inside the invitation.

Note: there were no RSVP cards because all RSVPing was done via the website or phone calls. The bride and groom used the website: http://www.weddingwindow.com/ to set up their wedding website.

Princess Party Invitation

Princess Party – Princess Bridal Shower Invitation

Princess Party Cover

Princess Party Cover

To get the party started, you need an invitation. Here is what I came up with for my sister’s princess bridal shower. Keep in mind, this was the first princess party I’ve ever been to and I was hosting it!

The invitation first explained what this was and who it was for. Next I asked people to bring a recipe fit for a queen to the party with a provided recipe card. Then we had the location and RSVP information. Lastly was registry info as well as special instructions for the guests such as to wear pink or red and to wrap gifts in pink or red.

Inside is a diecut of Cinderella (made by Cuttlebug) which I made into a pocket to hold a name plate (a card that had the recipients name on it such as Princess Dana Bincer). On the right hand side is a recipe card I asked each guest/recipient to fill out for the bride-to-be. Lastly the inside included instructions to the guest/recipient that they were to bring the recipe card and name plate for fun games and prizes.

  • 1 piece of dark pink cardstock
  • 1 pieces of light pink cardstock
  • 1 piece of white vellum
  • 3 pieces white typing paper
  • Blazing Red Stazon Ink pad
  • pink ribbon (I used sheer)
  • white / clear gemstones in small and medium size
  • Cinderella die cut from cuddlebug
  • Dress stamp from My Sentiments Exactly W362
  • pink gem stickers
  • tape
  • hole punch
  • exacto knife & scissors
  1. Cut light pink paper to 8.5 x 5.5 then fold to 5.5 x 4.25.
  2. Type invitation information in a word processing program. You should be able to get 4 per page. Print on white vellum. Cut to 3.75 x 5.5.
  3. Stamp dress stamp on back of white vellum invitation using stazon blazing red. Attach medium gemstone at waistline on the front.
  4. Center vellum on front of card. Punch two holes at top through both vellum and pink card. Weave ribbon through.
  5. Die cut Cinderella in dark pink paper. Attach small gemstone for earing. Tape left, bottom and right side of Cinderella to left inside panel of card to create a pocket.
  6. In word processing program type name plates of all guests and print on white typing paper. I used Pristina font. Cut out name and put dark pink boarder behind it. Put in Cinderella pocket.
  7. In word processing program type any instructions for guests and print on white typing paper. Tape to dark pink paper as a border. Attach it below and centered of the Cinderella.
  8. In word processing program, create recipe card on white typing paper. Should measure 3.5 x 4.75. You should be able to get 4 per pate. Center it on a piece of dark pink paper that measures 3.75 x 5.
  9. On inside right panel of light pink card cut a slit on the diagonal in top left corner and bottom right corner (much like a business card tab found in pocket folders). Slide recipe card into slits.


Princess Bridal Shower Inside

Princess Bridal Shower Inside