After getting inspired and nailing down a few details, it was time to whip up some invitations for my future sister in law’s bridal shower! After coming across this pin, I knew I had my jumping off point. I played around in Illustrator until I had a design I was happy with, and this is what I came up with!
The fonts I used were Brandon Grotesque (the sans serif) and Baskerville (the italic, the same one used by Kate Spade itself!).
I originally intended for the invitation to be two single-sided pieces of paper held together with a brad of some sort, but as I was formatting everything for printing, I realized it would be better (and cheaper!) to print it double-sided. I used UPrinting for the job and was very pleased with the results. I did have to do some fiddling around with my file to make sure everything was aligned correctly, so don’t be discouraged if you have to do the same! The card size is 4.25×6 inches, on 13 pt uncoated cardstock.
Let me tell you, it’s worth it to have things professionally printed just so you don’t have to cut each piece to size by hand!! With a double-sided project, that was an especial relief.
I jazzed the invitations up a little more by hand-gluing gold sequins to each one. I know that sounds time-consuming, but it really wasn’t! Here’s the side by side comparison:
I ordered raspberry A6 envelopes from Paper Presentation, and was so relieved when they were a perfect color match.
Initially, my thought was to punch a heart-shaped cut-out in the flap of every invite, glue a square of gold glitter paper to peek through, and then line the envelopes to make everything neat. Well, after buying and returning two separate heart punches from the store, neither of which could punch through the glitter paper, I gave up and cut out the hearts by hand. I still think I came pretty close to my inspiration, and I’m happy with how they turned out!
I also ended up sealing the envelopes with two strips of black and white striped washi tape, and I like the graphic pop they lent.
Happily, I had a gold paint pen already in my crafty stash, so once I penned the addresses, these babies were done! Here’s a look at the whole shebang:
What do you think – Kate Spade worthy?
Printing and shipping of 25 double-sided cards from UPrinting: $22.76
25 A6 envelopes from Paper Presentation: $6.25 (I got free shipping because I ordered several other items at the same time)
One sheet of gold glitter paper from Michaels: $1
The sequins, Elmer’s glue, gold pen, and washi tape were all already in my stash, so I’m not going to include them in my count. For me, then, these pretty packages worked out to $1.36 each – not bad, I’d say!