We love horses at Antiquaria and find ourselves constantly drawn to and inspired by vintage horse imagery. Today we’re thrilled to be able to show you how to create a sophisticated equestrian themed invitation suite all your own! This suite is subtle but definitely sets the stage for horse farm or equestrian center nuptials. The color palette of hunter green, peach, and cream helps elevate the overall look and make it fresh. The best part? The stamped leather tag! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
Step One: Set an A7 (5″x7″) piece of card stock on a hard, clean surface. Ink your invitation stamp (we used our Equestrian Invitation stamp) thoroughly with a hunter green stamp pad. Center stamp over card stock and carefully set down. Press moderately on the stamp. Too firm and it will smudge and too softly will not give a clear print. Remove stamp and let the ink dry.
Step Two: Repeat the printing technique in step one on a 4bar (3.5″x5″) piece of paper. We used our Equestrian reply card stamp for this piece.
Step Three: The little “extras” are what really make your invitation your own. For this suite, we wanted to bring in a different texture for the monogram tag used to tie the whole thing together. Cut leather into 2″ x 2″ squares. Punch a 1/8″ hole in the left corner of the square. Install a metal grommet in the hole to give it a clean and professional finish.
Now you’re ready to stamp!! Ink your stamp (we used our Handwritten Calligraphy Names monogram) and center it on the leather. Apply pressure (you can be a bit more gently this time since the surface is softer) and make your print. Let dry.
Step Four: Stamp your return and reply address on the respective A7 and 4bar envelopes. It is wise and a huge money saver to use the same stamp for both! We used our Vintage Horseshoe return address stamp for this suite. Cut a liner to fit your A7 outer envelope. You will want it to sit right under the adhesive. You can either cut it yourself or have your local print shop cut them all for you. To insert the liner, place a line of double stick tape or stick glue across the top and slide it into position and press to secure. Fold at the crease with a bone folder to get a nice, crisp edge.