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Today is a big day in the life of Download & Print, my baby that I've put my heart, soul, and tears into for the last five years. I'm over here sitting at my desk anxiously tap tap tapping my fingers by my keyboard. Excited, nervous, proud, relieved, nervous, happy, expectant, nervous. Did I mention nervous?
Today we take the first public step as we transform DIY wedding invitations for the good of all crafty and non-crafty brides and hostesses! There has been many private steps to get us to this point, along with long days, sleepless nights, unexpected hurdles, self-doubt, silent cursing, and very vocal cursing. But I couldn't be more proud of the direction we are headed and what we have managed to achieve since I had this crazy little idea a couple of months ago. For all the juicy details on how we are streamlining, simplifying, and putting a designer in your back pocket view my post here.
But for now, let's get stuck into some free template goodness. Our Ornate Vintage set has become the #1 download on Download & Print, so I thought hey, why not make it even more special and give it away for free. So that's exactly what I've done. I changed the color palette into a two tone black and gold theme, for an opulent vintage feel that it oh so modern. I'm giving you the 5 x 7" invitation, RSVP and envelope liner in the free download below. The show stopper however is the gold art deco band that wraps around the invitation set. It's simply made with gold paper and a few folds. The video tutorial shows you exactly how to make the band and diamond badge, as well as the steps to put together the rest of the invitation set. Or read on for the picture tutorial. Additional pieces in this Ornate Vintage design can be found here.
- Printable templates
- White or cream card stock
- Paper cutter and/or scissors
- Double sided tape
- Black euro flap A7 envelope
- Black 4-bar envelope
- Gold star dream paper
- Bone folder
- Scoring tool
Step 1: Download & Print
Download the template file and open in MS Word or Mac Pages. Add your wedding details to the invitation and RSVP. The fonts used are Ecuyer DAX and Aerolite CP. Download the free fonts to your computer, then open Word and the template.
Only the dark text in the picture above can be changed. The heading text that is grayed out cannot be changed. Print the file.
TIP: Print one copy and check for accuracy. Have someone else check the file for correct spelling and dates. There is nothing worse than printing 100 copies to find you’ve entered the wrong date!
When choosing paper I recommend paper that is between 65 lbs and 90 lbs. This is a heavier weight than standard copy paper to give a luxurious feel, but not so heavy that it will jam your printer. You can also take the file and print at FedEx Office or your local copy shop. They will have a paper cutter on hand also to save you time on the next step.
Step 2: Trim
Use a paper cutter or scissors to trim along the cut lines. A paper cutter will produce straighter cuts and you can trim more than one sheet at once, speeding up the process. Plain old scissors will work just fine too though.
Step 3: Envelope Liner
Download and print the envelope liner and trim around the edge. You can use a paper cutter on the three straight edges, then scissors for the curved flap. The trick to cutting a neat curve around the point is to hold your scissors still and rotate the paper.
Insert the liner into an A7 euro flap envelope, lining up the top of the flap just below the envelope adhesive.
Score the liner along the same crease as on the envelope. You want the liner and envelope flap to fold together. If you don’t have a scoring tool, a closed mechanical pencil or back of a utility knife will create a crease. Just don’t use something that is sharp enough to cut the paper!
Fold the flap down and stick two pieces of double sided tape to the back. Fold the envelope flap over and push down to stick the liner and envelope together.
Step 4: Art Deco Band
And now for my favorite element to this set: The Art Deco Band! There’s no template for the band so you can change the sizes to fit your style and make the design your own. The dimensions listed below are what I used and what you see in the pictures.
Cut 1” wide strips along the long edge of the gold paper. This forms the band that will wrap around your invitation set. I used a lighter weight paper that was easily folded around the invitation set. Cut 3” square pieces from the gold paper. We’ll fold this into the art deco badge.
For some extra interest I used a scoring tool and created three lines along the strips of gold. This is entirely up to you though if you like the look or not, or have the time and patience to add in this step! I ran the tool along the band at random intervals, I had two lines closer together at the top, and another line near the bottom. Don’t cut the band! The scoring tool just creates an ever so slight indentation that adds interest when the band catches the light.
For the steps to create the origami art deco badge please watch the video. It’s much easier to follow along with the video than for me to try to explain all the folds here. Don’t worry though, it’s not hard to make. Just a few folds and you’re done. The instructions for making the band and badge start at 5:45 in the video.
Step 5: Assemble the Set
Line the bottom point of the art deco diamond with the center scroll on the invitation and wrap the band around the invitation. Make sharp folds at the invitation edge and pull the band so that it’s snug against the invitation. Use double sided tape to adhere the band arms to each other at the back, without sticking the band to the invitation. It needs to be able to slide off easily. Slide in the RSVP with 4-bar envelope and sit them on top of the invitation. The set is now ready to stuff in the A7 envelope and mail.