DIY Embossed Wedding Invitation Pochette with Wax Seal

DIY embossed metallic wedding invitation pochette | Download & Print

You are so beautiful... to me... Joe Cocker is spinning around in my head.

I'm not looking at my husband, or Conan the office dog (though he sure is cute), I'm looking at my latest invitation project. I adore it! It's got all the elements of a classic Download & Print wedding invitation DIY. Time-honored wedding colors, gasp-worthy presentation, budget-saving beauty and simple steps that even the most un-crafty can handle with ease.

The Vintage Iron & Lace invitation has been a popular download here for quite some time and the original project I paired with the design shot off the charts on You Tube. I am tickled pink with how well it was received. I used a can of spray paint to turn a simple paper doily into a faux iron envelope. It was way cool. What wasn't way cool was the doilies became impossible to find in the size needed. Trust me to strike a chord with crafty brides with this vintage iron tutorial that now can't be DIYed due to a shortage on doilies. *sigh*

So you can imagine my excitement when inspiration struck and I came up with an even prettier DIY envelope to pair with the invitation. I happy danced all day long. First I created all the matching pieces in the iron and lace design and you can now download the 15-piece coordinating template bundle in four colors: Black, Navy, Purple, and Pink and Gold. You can even change out the pink to any color you like after you download the template bundle so you can match it to your wedding colors.

Now things get exciting as if you follow along below with the video or pictorial I'll show you how to create a custom embossed metallic pochette with faux wax seal. I used the pink and gold square template as the soft colors are so romantic, and when wrapped in shimmering vellum it's just dreamy. The embossing is easy to do, you can add your own monogram, and the wax seal is created with a nifty Mod Podge product and a glue gun of all things. I love the project and I hope you do too.


 

SUPPLIES: Download Embossing Template

Step 1: Download Templates

DIY vintage lace wedding invitation template | Download & Print
 
Download the square invitation and RSVP card from the Iron & Lace bundle, and the free embossing template. Add your wedding details to the invitation and RSVP card and change the letter on the embossing template. Make sure the letter is reversed, it needs to print as a mirror image.

Double check the text! Check twice (or 3, 4, 5 times), print once.

Print one copy of the embossing template and as many copies of the invitation and RSVP as you plan on sending out.

For the invitation and RSVP card we like paper that is between 65 and 90 lbs in weight. This is thicker than regular copy paper for a more luxurious feel, but not so heavy that it will get stuck in your home printer.

Trim the invitation and RSVP along the dotted lines using a paper cutter or scissors.

Step 2: Cut Vellum to Size

Trim metallic gold vellum to 8.5" square | Download & Print
 
Cut each vellum sheet into a 8.5” square. The paper is 8.5” wide, so mark along the long edge and cut. I’m using a ruler and X-acto knife, but you can cut with a paper trimmer or scissors also.

Step 3: Create Pochette

Create DIY pochette using envelope punch board | Download & Print
 
I used this nifty little gadget called an envelope punch board to create the pochette. I already had it on hand and find myself using it all the time, but I am in the invitation business. The board is around $15 on Amazon and worth the investment if you plan on making these vellum pouches. However, if you are anti single-use gadgets (believe me, I understand, I fiercely protect my kitchen from them), you can simply fold in each corner of the vellum. Always score a line first before folding, it will make your edges much sharper.

DIY pochette from gold vellum | Download & Print
 
If you plan on using the punch board you will create a 5.5” x 5” pochette. Line up the left side of the vellum at 4 1/8, punch to create the notch at the top, and score along the right flap. Turn the vellum counterclockwise and repeat. You will do this four times to create each flap. It couldn’t be easier. You can also use this gadget to create your outer envelopes if you want to save a bit of cash and don’t mind the extra work. Create a 6” square outer envelope.

Step 4: Get Ready to Emboss

Use felt as a spongy embossing surface | Download & Print
 
The trick to getting a nice crisp indentation is having a spongy surface to work on. I find working on a piece of felt gives me a good result, and it’s something I usually have lying around my house.

Use embossing template to trace design | Download & Print
 
Place your embossing template on the felt sheet.

Step 5: Emboss the Pochette

Embossing the pochette with a stylus and tracing template | Download & Print
 
This is much easier than it first appears. Place a vellum pouch over the template and eyeball it to line it up evenly. Make sure the pouch flaps will fold up toward you. Grab the embossing tool (an essential item) and start tracing. Don’t be daunted by the intricate scroll work, you don’t need to trace every line perfectly. In fact, if you try to trace every line you’ll end up with one big embossed blob. Just trace the main elements with a firm pressure.

DIY wedding invitation with embossed monogram on vellum | Download & Print
 
I liked to start around the edge, then move onto the monogram.

DIY wedding invitation pochette with embossed monogram | Download & Print
 
As you can see my lines aren’t perfectly straight and I haven’t traced every line, but I love the result. Find the balance that you like between detail and speed.

Step 6: Stuff Pochette

Gold & pink lace wedding invitation template | Download & Print
 
Place an invitation face up into the pochette, along with an RSVP card and return envelope. If you are using an enclosure card, map, song request etc., also include these. You are about to seal the pouch so everything must be inserted now! Fold in the side flaps, bottom flap then top flap.

Step 7: Close with Wax Seal

Faux wax seal using a glue gun | Download & Print
 
Insert a Mod Podge Melt into your glue gun. I have a mini glue gun so I cut the melt in half lengthways.

Metallic gold faux wax seal on wedding invitation | Download & Print
 
Give the melt a minute or two to warm up then squirt a nickel size circle onto the vellum to seal the pouch shut.

Sit the wax seal stamp on the hot “wax”. You don’t need to press down, just leave the stamp sitting on the wax for about one minute before removing.

DIY metallic gold wax seal on wedding invitation | Download & Print
 

Step 8: Finish and Admire

DIY gold vellum wedding pochette with wax seal | Download & Print
 
The entire pochette fits in a 6” square envelope for mailing. Square envelopes will require higher postage so check with your local post office for the exact cost if this is of concern.

I think this is such an elegant invitation package. The custom embossed details and gold wax seal add such luxury, no one will ever guess you DIYed the whole thing. The Iron & Lace bundle comes with 15 coordinating templates so you’ll have all the papergoods you need for your wedding day.

If pink and gold don’t coordinate with your wedding colors the bundle also comes in black, purple and navy. Vellum can be found in these same colors so you can create a truly one-of-a-kind invitation to wow your guests with. This project embodies the Download & Print philosophy, that a little bit of elbow grease goes a long way to spare your pocketbook, with truly beautiful results.

Until next time, with template love,

Anna Skye | Download & Print

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(Although all the products listed in this tutorial are products I personally use, I will be compensated if you make a purchase through some of the links provided.)

Anna Skye

Anna Skye designs and shares invitation templates on her blog Download & Print. Her invitation templates can be used by DIY Brides and Hostesses can make their own invitations at home and save money.

8 thoughts on “DIY Embossed Wedding Invitation Pochette with Wax Seal

  1. Eileen says:

    I’m trying to download your free embossing template but it’s not a good link. Is there anyway you could email the embossing template? I want to try it out before I commit to purchasing the pack. Thanks so much. Eileen

  2. Francesca says:

    Super cute idea!! The ideas here are always amazing! I too was having trouble downloading the embossing template. can anyone assist?

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