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
- Invitation and RSVP templates
- Free embossing template
- 8.5 x 11" white paper (we like paper between 65 lbs and 90 lbs)
- Envelope punch board
- Mod Podge Metallic Melts
- Metallic gold vellum
- Embossing stylus
- Wax seal stamp
- 6" square gold metallic envelopes
- Pink 4-bar RSVP envelopes
- Felt sheet
- Glue gun
Step 1: Download Templates
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
Step 3: Create Pochette
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.
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
Step 5: Emboss the Pochette
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.
Step 6: Stuff Pochette
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
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.
Step 8: Finish and Admire
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,
(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.)