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If you've been following along with my wedding DIYs for a while you know that one tool I love to pull out of my bag of tricks is a gold paint pen. It does a killer impersonation of gold foil.
There's a time and a place (read that as when is there NOT a time and a place) for metallic accents. They are elegant, glitzy and glamorous, cheesy if you please, can be dressed up or dressed down, and always 100% fun.
A little sparkle goes a long way.
My paint pen has gilded the edge of invitations, created a faux foil scallop, added a shimmer effect to floral invitations, I've even got knock-off prints on my wall with paint pen foil accents (don't judge, what else is a DIY gal supposed to do when she sees a shiny zodiac print that she must have for her wall but her decorating budget is currently overdrawn??).
Now my paint pen is lending it's skill to a modern invitation with a brushed metal border. I've kept the text portion of the invitation simple, one font and a classic layout, and let the metallic accent do all the talking.
I've paired gray and gold together for a really crisp look, mix up the color combination to tie in with your wedding theme.
Best news of all, the invitation template is a freebie. Grab the file using the green button above and let your DIY skills shine.
SUPPLIES: Download Free Invitation Template
- Free invitation template
- Gray card stock (or any color that you like) - I'm using Gravel Gray
- Gold paint pen
- 5 x 3.5" Post-It Notes
- A7 envelope
- Printer - I like Epson printers
- Scissors or paper trimmer
Step 1: Download, Print + Trim
Download the invitation template and save it to your computer.
Download the free font file, Trajan Pro, and install with your font files.
Open the template in MS Word and change out the placeholder text with your wedding details.
PRO TIP: This invitation would also make an elegant birthday, Christmas or event invitation.
Double check your spelling and text formatting. Print one copy and check your spelling again!
Print off as many copies as you need on gray card stock. I love the look of the gray and gold, but you can use any color card stock and metallic accent.
PRO TIP: Save the template to your computer in an easy to find place and use it again and again. Try different color combinations for different events.
Trim the invitations along the darker dotted guide lines using a paper trimmer or scissors. Do not cut along the dotted line that spans the entire width of the page.
Step 2: Brush on Gold
Use a Post-It Note to mask the lower section of the invitation, below the dotted line. Stick the Post-It along the dotted line.
Draw a gold line along the Post-It Note using your gold paint pen.
Fill in the lower section by "brushing" on gold, starting in one corner and using long strokes on the diagonal brushing from from the Post-It Note to the edge of the invitation.
By brushing from the Post-It Note out you will avoid gold paint bleeding under the paper and keep a crisp gold edge.
Step 3: Peel & Reveal
Peel off the Post-It to reveal the gorgeous gold accent in it's full glory!
Stuff the invitation into an A7 envelope, pop in the mail, and get ready to be showered with praise for your jaw-dropping invitation.
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