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The envelopes for both the response card and the whole invitation are edged in gold and the flap is punched with the heart border punch. The inside flap of the envelope for the response card is stamped in antique gold with the same tulip heart as the response card. The inside flap of the larger envelope is stamped all over with small hearts in antique gold, to suggest a lined envelope.
Instead of an inner envelope, I cut sheets of white tissue paper to fit around the whole package (invite, response card, small envelope and directions) and fastened it closed with some gorgeous flower stickers from the craft store. The stickers match the style of flower on the painting that is printed on the cardstock.
I found several images with tulips on them and let my fiance choose the one he liked best. Look around at these clip art sources. If you have a theme, that's a great way to start.
We're lucky enough to have a great paper shop nearby so I went there. I selected several samples that came in card stock and medium and small envelopes. BUY THE ENVELOPES FIRST! I designed the invite and response card to fit the envelopes. It would be very hard to find envelopes to fit an arbitrary size invite that I might design.
I took home several
samples, and began printing the image on them. Right away, the pink ice
parchment was the clear winner. Very pretty and my
bridesmaids' dresses are rose.
The image does not cover the entire invite. I left a .25" border around the image. This will be edged with gold.
Every type of vellum and tracing paper is different. Every inkjet and laser printer works differently. Experiment a lot! I though this would be easy and it turned out to be very tricky. I bought vellum from the craft store and two different brands of tracing paper at other stores.
The vellum smeared very much in my inkjet and looked very stiff. I did not use it, though I experimented with it. If vellum does not smear in your inkjet, you can try embossing it. This may be difficult, but I have heard of people doing this technique.
needed for embossing with your Inkjet Printer
How to do it As each sheet comes out
of your inkjet printer, pour the embossing powder on it. Shake off the
excess into a container and reuse. If you are using a heat gun, follow
the directions on the box. If you use any other appliance, like a toaster,
be very careful. Hold the paper a few inches from your heat source.
The powder will melt and become shiny. Once it has cooled, you can feel
the raised areas. This technique is commonly used for rubber stamping.
You can use it anywhere on your invite. Be creative!
As each sheet comes out of your inkjet printer, pour the embossing powder on it. Shake off the excess into a container and reuse. If you are using a heat gun, follow the directions on the box. If you use any other appliance, like a toaster, be very careful. Hold the paper a few inches from your heat source. The powder will melt and become shiny. Once it has cooled, you can feel the raised areas. This technique is commonly used for rubber stamping. You can use it anywhere on your invite. Be creative!
Supplies needed for colored hot glue sealing wax
Glue gun (low or high temp worked, check your glue first)
the surface to glue on. We had different results with aluminum foil, waxed
paper and the metal lid to a storage box. In any case, wait until it is
completely cool, even cold, before removal.
I did not have good results with hot gluing directly onto the invitation; you may do better. So I used white glue to put the seals onto the invitation..
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