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Hi everyone,

 

I thought Iâ€d share instructions on how I made my semi-DIY scratch-off Save the Dates! These were a huge hit with my friends and family and many thought I ordered them as-is from a vendor and just mailed them out. When I explained how I thought of the idea and put all the pieces together they were super impressed!

 

First, here are the pics. Info on where to purchase supplies is below. Enjoy!

 

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Supplies all gathered up and ready for assembly.

 

 

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Printed card, pre-DIY.

 

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With scratch-off sticker cut to size and applied.

 

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All wrapped up and ready for envelopes.

 

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In the envelope!

 

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And here's one with the scratch-off scratched, if you're interested!

 

  1. I knew I wanted to do a scratch-off STD after seeing this cute design on Martha Stewart Weddings. http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/226949/scratch-save-date-how Bonus: I knew the idea would be perfect for a destination wedding since I could incorporate the coin needed to scratch-off the card with reminding guests to save their pennies for the wedding.

 

  1. I had a picture in my mind of a layout and rough idea of what I wanted the card to look like. Iâ€m pretty much a design idiot so I sent a very crude drawing to Ten Eight Ink http://www.etsy.com/shop/teneightyinkdesigns?ref=seller_info, an Etsy stationery designer who worked with me until we had something I liked. This only cost me $24 for the custom design.

 

  1. I printed 100 postcard sized cards of the design on Vista Print. Cost: $21.82

 

  1. I purchased 100 2” scratch-offs from http://www.easyscratchoffs.com/ (the reviews on the Martha Stewart craft mentioned that the paint was tricky to get right, so this was a much faster/easier method).  These were a bit too big for the space I had, so I cut each one to fit. Cost: $9.34

 

  1. I purchased a large roll of bakerâ€s twine from Amazon in a color that coordinated with the STD cards. Cost: $10.71

 

  1. I purchased two rolls of shiny new 2012 pennies from an Ebay seller. (I wanted to be sure the pennies were brand new and I wasnâ€t sure the bank could give me that, so when in doubt I went to the internet!) Cost: $6 (shipping and handling account for the extra cost).

 

  1. I purchased 100 small vellum envelopes from Amazon for the pennies. Cost: $18.03

 

  1. I purchased 100 kraft paper envelopes from Amazon. Cost: $25.73

 

  1. The stamps are from Zazzle.com http://www.zazzle.com/heartfelt_love_blue_postage-172887160673223512 I bought 300 of these since I also plan to use them for invites and RSVP cards. Cost (for all 300):  $283.51

 

  1. The wrap-around labels were another custom Etsy purchase, from seller Modern Moments. http://www.etsy.com/shop/modernmoments Cost: $24 (I plan to use these on my invitations too).

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Originally Posted by jreist View Post

 

Damn you're good at this. You should be a wedding planner. 

 

Haha I think once is enough for me! It's been fun so far but I've seen enough episodes of Bridezillas to know I wouldn't last long if I had to deal with any terrible brides!! But that is so nice of you to say, thanks!

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Great execution! I may have done something different for my save the dates had I seen this sooner! I think I might incorporate this at the actual wedding though, myabe some type of scavenger hunt game for the adults & kids. Hmmm....Thanks for the inspiration!

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I have to say... Your STD cards Are amazing. The creativity with the scratch off is so fun and unique! Thank you for sharing and you make it look so easy!

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