Are you excited about your wedding day and being a DIY bride? You can add so many personal and custom items to your big day, starting with DIY wedding invitations and working your way through to the big day with wedding stationery, and much more. Your invitees and guests will be amazed and touched at the time and effort you put into making your wedding a beautiful and memorable one, with keepsake & sentimental DIY wedding elements too. With DIY Invitation’s pre-cut DIY wedding invitations and accessories, you will find that the task is easier and you will be able to give more attention to detail on the design, styling and accessorising of your DIY wedding invitations.
With DIY Invitations Pre-Cut and Scored Wedding Invitations, you get quite a range of options to choose from. These uniquely designed stationery pieces are affordable and convenient, where you can easily make your wedding theme and vision come alive with a few clicks on your mouse and then do them up in style to your own liking. Make your way through the creative process once you select which DIY invitations or stationery items you will need, purchase them and have them delivered, and lastly, add on various appliqués and embellishments to enhance its look.
The range of pre-cut and scored DIY invitations and accessories for you to choose include the likes of the following, with various dimensions to cater to your design vision. Take your pick out of these to make your dream wedding come true with custom made and personal DIY wedding invitations and stationery!
A5 Folded Card (148mm x 210mm)
Boarding Pass with Perforation (195mm x 90mm)
DL Flat Invite (97mm x 180mm | 97mm x 210mm)
DL Invitation Folded (105mm x 210mm)
DL Invite Tri-fold (97mm x 180mm)
DL Invite Z-fold (99mm x 210mm)
DL Sticker (100mm x 210mm)
Flat Card (85mm x 135mm | 95mm x 145mm | 88mm x 132mm | 90mm x 50mm | 90mm x 200mm | 95mm x 135mm | 89mm x 139mm | 85mm x 125mm | 80mm x 185mm | 90mm x 180mm | 90mm x 195mm | 139mm x 200mm | 88mm x 132mm | 137mm x 200mm)
Flat Insert (100mm x 150mm | 147mm x 210mm)
Flat Invite (122mm x 173mm | 127mm x 178mm)
Flat Menu (95mm x 260mm)
Flat Paper (148mm x 210mm)
Folded Card (105mm x 150mm | 90mm x 134mm)
Folded Invite (127mm x 178mm)
Menu – Flat Card (105mm x 270mm)
Name Band (300mm x 30mm)
Note Paper (134mm x 178mm)
Passport Cover Folded (88mm x 125mm)
Place Card Folded (95mm x 70mm | 90mm x 65mm)
Place Card Layer (90mm x 55mm)
Square Flat Card (125mm x 125mm | 145mm x 145mm | 120mm x 120mm | 70mm x 70mm | 134mm x 134mm | 75mm x 75mm | 130mm x 130mm | 124mm x 124mm | 73mm x 73mm | 93mm x 93mm | 95mm x 95mm)
Square Invitation and Pocket folded (139mm x 139mm)
Square Invitation Folded (139mm x 139mm | 134mm x 134mm | 145mm x 145mm | 140mm x 140mm)
Square Invitation Vertical Tri-fold (145mm x 145mm)
Square Invite Insert Paper (135mm x 280mm)
Square Tri-Fold (134mm x 134mm)
Stacked Flat Insert (120mm x 90mm | 120mm x 105mm)
Weddings are beautiful affairs, and it takes careful planning to make it so, from the wedding attire to the invitations, decor and much more. When you’re opting for a handmade wedding, items such as DIY wedding invitations and stationery, the details that goes into the decorations, and even food and beverages plays a big role. You might want to stay on top things, while still being trendy and sophisticated. One such trend would be to use metallic and pearlescent accents in the right amounts with your wedding design, starting with the wedding invitations and taking cues for the theme from it.
The best way to add some glitz and glamour into your wedding would be to start off by using wedding invitations designed and created with pearlescent paper. What this essentially involves is that the paper or card stock being used for your DIY wedding invitations has a slight sheen to accompany your colour choices. At DIY Invitations, the following are some of the paper/card stock available to you to create your masterpiece wedding invitations with an elegant and sophisticated look.
- The Shimmer Collection
- Champagne Shimmer
- Silver Shimmer
- Ivory Shimmer
- The StarDream Collection
- StarDream Opal
- StarDream Quartz
- StarDream Crystal
- StarDream Silver
- The Sparkle Collection
These paper and card stock to be used for DIY wedding invitations and stationery are available as flat cards and inserts, folded wedding invites, pre-cut cards with and without layers, die-cut shapes as well as pre-cut wedding stationery accessories such as place cards and so on, in order for you to carry on the theme of class and finesse through the wedding stationery.
When it comes to adding accents, it’s a great idea to use some sparkle and glitz with the likes of metallic accessories. Anything that shimmers will do, from paper to cloth and even faux jewellery to gilded accessorises such as feathers and seashells, silver, gold or bronze ribbons and lace, embellishments such as sequins & rhinestones, metallic paint & dust, and more. You can use these accessories to add to the look you are striving for with your DIY wedding invitations and accessories.
Using Foil with DIY Invitations & Stationery
Another way to add a touch of shimmer to your DIY wedding invitation would be with using foil, whether as an accessory or embellishment, or even with foil printing put up to the task of creating a sophisticated look. You can even opt to keep your DIY invitations crisp and opt for foil envelopes, or vice versa.
If you can’t wait to put your creativity to use when planning your next big event, then why not start out with DIY invitations and stationery and create beautiful works of art on the likes of the invitations, gift boxes and bags and so much more, starting from the base all the way up to adding accents to make your DIY invitations and stationery creations pop!
Kick-Start Your Vision
First of foremost, apart from the materials, you will need a vision or a design draft (which would be a good idea to have before you make your purchases for materials, unless you plan on making samples first and figuring out the winner). A sketch draft of the design and a list of things you need would be a good place to start, and not forgetting the DIY invitations paper or card stock.
Get Your Materials in Order
There are many ways in which you can start on your creations, but you will need the fundamentals or basics, such as paper or card stock depending on the vision you have. Whether you purchase plain old paper, or opt for the fancy variety of textured or pearlescent paper or card, you cannot go wrong, because it’s your vision of creativity coming alive as you embark on making your DIY invitations and accessories a reality. Once you have this ready, why not make a few samples in various styles/forms and judge them for yourself or with family and close friends to decide which one is the best one for your event. Your DIY invitations should have a theme, depending on your requirement; it could be anything from a wedding, engagement, religious function, birthday, graduation and the list goes on and on.
Styling the Fold
Once you’ve got materials for your DIY invitations, start adding design elements to it, like folding it to make it the style you want and find an easy way to get it done in as less time as possible. You may have free-standing, bi-folded, tri-folded, vertically or horizontally aligned cards, or even the ones of the pocket invitations variety.
You need to also figure out what you want written in your invitations, whether you want to write it in yourself, hire a calligrapher or run it through a printer. Figure this part out, because if you are opting to print it, you will need the proper dimensions to enter into your printer so the layout and alignment comes out properly. Make sure you do a few samples on normal paper before you print them in batches.
Adding the Final Accents
Once you’ve sorted out the invitation wording, the final step would be to add those personal touches with DIY accents that you feel would go well with the theme. Some trendy suggestions would include the likes of adding ruffles using fabric or textile accessories such as fabric pompom balls and lace trim, cutting out shapes such as hearts and flowers out of the card/paper itself for a 3D pop-up effect, stitching on various appliqués with the thread work on display, using tissues and papier-mâché techniques. These are few ways in which you can take your DIY invitation creations to the next level.
Many of us have a creative streak, and enjoy experimenting with design, starting with doodles and drafts and then moving onto actually carrying them out with the help of arts and crafts. When you are planning an event, the very same applies, where you decide on a theme and look, and if you are planning on doing most of the work yourself, then you even start designing DIY invitations to match the design theme that you have picked out.
This year, there are several delightful trends that have popped up which can definitely help you when you take to event planning, and in the stride, also designing the likes of DIY invitations and stationery, gift boxes and bags for favours, gifts and so forth. These include the likes of popular colour choices, styling and design, use of embellishments or treatments, and not forgetting colour palettes. Let’s look at some designs that you can definitely use on your DIY event items.
Popular Colour Choices for 2013
When it comes to colour there are some that stand out, and are in trend. This is usually determined by the fashion industry in partnership with Pantone. This year, the following colours have been chosen as the ones in trend, and can be used individually or can even be complemented with other colours.
- Dusk Blue
- Tender Shoots
- Grayed Jade
- Lemon Zest
- African Violet
- Monaco Blue
- Poppy Red
- Mykonos Blue
- Linden Green
- Deep Lichen Green
The above colour choices range from colours that are related to spring which are bright and colourful as well as to fall, that are darker and earthy. According to the season of the year, you can use these colours when doing up your DIY invitations, boxes and gift bags to match the theme of your event design.
Styling and Design
You may have your very own style that you are comfortable with, but if you are to be trendy, one style trend that is to go down ‘Chic and Elegant’, which essentially focused on soft touches, lace, intricate designs and flourishes complimented by soothing tones and colour pairing. You can utilise soft floral decals to patterns that are easy on the eyes. Lace DIY invitations are definitely quite intricate and gaining popularity for their intricateness, especially when trying to match the bride’s wedding dress.
Embellishments & Treatments
We all like to add a touch of glitz in our lives, and when you are planning a special event; you might want it to stand out than just another average day-to-day shindig, right? Why not add some treatments or embellishments to your DIY invitations, other stationery and accessories. Go with glitter appliqués or even metallic paper or foil printing for that effect. Choose from colour choices such as gold, silver, and champagne, bronze, copper and more to get the finish you are looking whilst still sticking to the theme and style you envisioned.
Soft Colour Palette, Shades and Hues
Apart from the trending colours in itself, you need to consider colour palettes to choose from that are ready made, where you are not required to pair up and decide whether they actually look good. One such colour palette that is trending would be pastel or sorbet shades of colour that are soothing on the eyes and are muted enough to be romantic and delightfully pleasing. Choose from muted colours such as zesty yellows, blush pinks, sandy taupe, ashen mint, soft peach, and even pastel aqua to bring some magic into your event, with DIY invitations and complement the rest of the event’s accessories such as gift boxes, bombonnieres, and more with it too.
Each and every one of us celebrates life in our own way, whether it’s a baby’s arrival, a birthday, an achievement or union, and not forgetting those extra special anniversaries that come by each year. We usually celebrate these milestones and special events with our loved ones and close friends, and do it with a party or function. So, when it comes to that, you will need invitations, and if you are either budget conscious or just plain creative, it may be good thinking to opt for DIY invitations to create beautiful handmade creations to your tastes.
The DIY Invitations Process
There are many ways to come about DIY invitations. Some may say first start with the paper, so you will look around for the best choice of paper stock, or even card stock for those who prefer a hardy material for their creations. This would mean already knowing the vision of the outcome of your invitations, in terms of shape and size, the quality of the paper/card, and not forgetting the most important thing, what the design will entail. Purchasing paper stock would mean you will have to fold it to your liking, add the necessary touches, print, embellishments, appliqués and whatever you may want to add to the DIY invitations.
However, there are alternatives to this as well, and that would be to purchase DIY invitations that are readily available for your creative touch. These include the likes of invite cards that are folded and are available in the prerequisite shapes, size and colour, and not to mention the quality of the paper finish too. All you will need to do moving forward would be to add the printing and embellishment details. Some DIY invitations retailers provide printing services, where you may edit your invitation wording and other details depending on your order requirement, and have it ready for you, so that all you will need to do would be to add the accessories and additional touches. It also means you will need to pick out envelopes for your DIY invitation packages as well, which are available in bulk depending on your need.
There are other options too, handmade invitations that are done up by designers according to your taste and liking, for a truly professional finish, and comes paired with DIY envelopes too. You also have the option of opting for hardcover invitations, which are available in different styles such as pocket invitations and are accompanied by a matching envelope that suit the texture and finish of the card stock used on the invitation.
Types of DIY Envelopes
There are various types of envelopes for your choosing and are available in wholesale amounts to suit your requirement. These envelopes come in a variety of shapes and finishes, such as the below mentioned.
- Square (150mm x 150mm)
- C6 (115mm x 162mm)
- 11B (90mm x 146mm)
- C5 (162mm x 229mm)
- 5×7 (130mm x 185mm)
- White Linen
- White Shimmer
- Ivory Shimmer
- Silver Shimmer
- Champagne Shimmer
- StarDream Silver
- StarDream Opal
- StarDream Crystal
- StarDream Quartz
Envelope Paper Textures and Qualities