Oh, how i wish I’d made my own wedding invitations, if only for the joy of all those lovely stamps!! And then of course there are the accessories and embellishments, such as embossing powders, glitter, stickers, beads, ribbons, beads, foil, paper flowers, punches… oh my!
Whether it’s wedding or bridal shower invitations, place cards, wedding favors, or thank you cards, consider using rubber stamps on your home-made creation. There is an incredible array of options ranging from classic to whimsical, that will put the perfect finishing touch on your handiwork. Plus, they’re adorable, easy to use and loads of fun!
Getting started: For inspiration, look through rubber-stamping and card-making magazines, and visit craft stores to look at paper and cardstock first hand. These will provide plenty of inspiration. Remember that greeting card layouts are simple to adapt, therefore a great birthday card layout, for instance, could be adapted to make a great wedding invitation. Make a note of fonts, type faces, and color choices as this will help when choosing or commissioning rubber stamps.
Follow the theme: Pick rubber stamps, inks, papers, and other materials that match or complement your wedding design theme and colors.
Customize: Many companies offer customized rubber stamps that can be personalized with your names and/or design. The design department will work with you to craft an image you love, or you can use a design of your own!
But the best materials: This means looking for products that are of archival quality and that are acid free. Your invitation will look good longer, even after years in your scrapbook! Good supplies are readily available from stamping and craft stores and are becoming very much the standard offering, so it doesn’t have to be expensive. But good quality rubber stamps too, for clear and crisp images.
Practice makes perfect: While it might be extremely tempting to start work straight away creating invitations, it is useful to practice on scrap paper with unfamiliar products first. This will help to avoid any costly mistakes or problems later on.
Envelopes: Your invitations might look fabulous studded with embellishments and adornments, but it does have to fit into the envelope! While it is possible to buy or make small card-sized boxes for heavily adorned cards, they will cost more to produce and send. Make sure you’re cards are not too bulky.
Include Basic Info: They’re going to look great, but don’t forget that the invitation must convey some important information. It is possible to buy rubber stamps that include these headings and then handwriting the relevant information. Alternatives include creating a rubber stamp with all the information or printing theses details from your home computer.
- The names of the couple
- The date of the wedding
- The location and time of the wedding
- The location and time of the reception.
- How to reply
Plan ahead: Make a few spare invitations in case some get lost in the post, or for last minute guests. Plan ahead, particularly when commissioning stamps. Stamping when stressed is not likely to give the best results!
The following delightful stamp images are available at Impress Rubber Stamps:
Check out their “wedding ideas” page for amazingly creative invitations and cards such as this one (bridal shower stamp for sale too):
You can also look at Blossom Stamps on Etsy for unique stamps, stickers, and one-of-a-kind hand carved stamps:
Addicted to Rubber Stamps has some cute bride-themed stamp sets:
From Blockhead Stamps, some gorgeous stamp sets, particularly if you like an Asian theme:
Some pretty finished products, including invitations, place cards, and wedding favors: