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DIY Invitations w/ pics (part 2)

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#1 SCzhen

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    Posted 26 September 2009 - 11:42 PM

    Hi everyone,

    I received a couple of questions on the details on my invitations so here it goes! (I know that its a late post!)

    This was my orginal post: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t45068

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    -Rectangolo Pocketfolds in Tiffany from cardsandpockets.com (I really recommend this vendor. They have a vast selection and their customer service is awesome!)
    -Invitation Mat in Bronze (metallic color) from cardsandpockets.com
    -Invitation paper: this can be any paper you want. I liked having more texture so I bought Classic Linen in Natural White 80lb, which is more of a soft cream color, from Paper Presention. I went to the actual store but they sell through their website as well: https://paperpresent....vc?Screen=SFNT

    -Belly band: also from Paper Presentation. I chose Bronze 32lbs (also metallic) and the sheets into 1.5 inch strips
    -Ivory Ribbon : bought this nice shimmery ivory ribbon at a local trimmings store.
    -Inner envelope: swirl metallic envelopes from Paper and More A7 Silver Swirls Metallic Envelopes - Paperandmore.com
    -Outer envelope: in Tiffany from Paper Presentation

    The hardest part, for me, in this whole process was designing the actual invitation. I knew I wanted turquoise and brown and I knew I wanted pocketfolds. And both the hubby and I preferred a more simple design. I’m not a graphic designer and I’ve never done something like this before so I was stumped at first. I started out looking at clipart and dingbats from dafont.com. But nothing inspired me or caught my eye. But I was walking through the stamp section at Michaels one day and saw this swirl stamp set that I really liked. So at first I figured I could just stamp the invitation and emboss it. But the stamp was a bit small and it just looked really plain against the wording. Since the stamp came with this transparent paper that had stamped images on it, I had the idea that I could scan that sheet and then I would be able to play around with the size and colors.

    Dot Flourishes - Inkadinkado

    Since this was a set of 5 stamps, I was able to use a different pattern for the invitation, tag and response card (both sides), which was nice because the whole invitation became coordinated. I colored the swirls turquoise and made the large dots a dark brown. But I kept the tiny dots black cause it was annoying to make each of them brown and I didn’t know how to color them all at once. I also enlarged most of the images and flip/rotated some of them.

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    For my fonts, I used Pristina, Rage Italic and Segoe Print (downloadable from dafont.com). I made the invitations on excel and sized them to print on regular 8x11 paper and then I used a paper cutter and cut them to the size I wanted.

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    Sorry that the picture quality isnt that great here - used a diff camera...

    Not sure how to attach the spreadsheet, but if anyone is interested in seeing it, I can try to figure out how to attach it here.

    #2 FutureMrsSharpe

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      Posted 08 November 2009 - 06:33 PM

      Thank you for posting this. I've been going nuts trying to find a design for our invitations! I never thought to download the stamp picture.

      #3 Taghan

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        Posted 08 November 2009 - 08:33 PM

        Thanks for posting this. Your invites are fantastic! Love Cards & Pockets!!

        #4 hat0112

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          Posted 14 November 2009 - 07:07 PM

          Wow, the invitations look great! I might have to borrow your wording, I love it!

          How did you change the color of the stamp on your computer?
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          #5 A2Bride

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            Posted 14 November 2009 - 07:15 PM

            wow I love your invites!! i may have to borrow a few of your ideas...love the stamp idea too! Thanks!

            #6 affiwin

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              Posted 14 November 2009 - 08:10 PM

              Wow! These are amazing. A true DIY project. Well done.

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