Today we are really excited to present a great option for DIY wedding invitations. DIY isn’t for everyone but for the craft savy, budget minded bride, it could be a great option and really doesn’t take a lot of time or skill.
What you will need:
- 100% cotton cardstock or other heavy cardstock. (If you use something other than cotton, we recommend going with a super heavy weight like 110lb) What we used. (You could also use watercolor paper from any craft store and cut to size.)
- Rotary trimmer, exacto knife or other tool to cut paper.
- Watercolor paint (tubes or solid palette)
- Envelopes sized to your invitation and/or rsvp card
- Paint brushes
Trim your paper to size. Our invitation is 5 x 7 and our RSVP and enclosure are 3.5 x 5. We cut our invitations first and then cut more 5 x 7 to fit (2) RSVP cards or (2) enclosures on one 5 x 7 sheet.
Our printer handles larger sizes better than smaller sizes so we opted to fit two of the smaller cards on one sheet and then trim at the end vs. cutting them down first.
Also, make sure your printer can handle the extra heavy cardstocks. Not all printers can print on heavier stocks and you’ll end up wasting more time clearing jams than printing.
Paint your stock in your colors or pattern of choice. We preferred an overall light wash in a mix of fuscia and orange. Less water means your colors will be darker while more water will make your paint lighter. It is always better to start light and build the color up. Remember that colors tend to lighten slightly as they dry.
Try not to over wet your paper. Even cotton paper will warp slightly with the water. our experience is the cotton paper will flatten back out after it dries. We are not sure about other cardstocks.
As you finish painting each one, lay out to dry. BE SURE TO LET EACH CARD DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE TRYING TO PRINT. Do not stack cards on top of one another until they are completely dry.
While your cards are drying, create your invitation design in your document editor of choice. you will need to format your document to the size of your invitation. Be sure to use the correct settings for your printer as well.
After you have your invitation designed and your painted cardstock is completely dry, you are ready to print. It is always wise to do a test print on regular paper first to make sure your margins are set up properly.
Be sure to know which way to place your paper in the feeder and print. We recommend printing them in smaller batches. Our office printer works best if we don’t try to print our invitations all at once. Instead we print shorter sets like five or ten at a time. This is also an easier way to keep track of how many have been printed.
Follow the same procedures for the RSVP and enclosure cards if using. Once they are printed, cut them in half.
This easy watercolor design looks great for both a formal or casual wedding. We paired ours with both a kraft envelope and a lined euro style envelope in an irridescent finish and both look beautiful!
Don’t want to do it yourself or want a custom design? Contact us for a customized package!