DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Sometimes it’s good to get back to DIY basics. Patterned invitation backers can break the budget for many couples because there is so much time and labor involved. We always like to encourage people to take matters into their own hands – and today we’ll show you exactly how to do that! Over the years, we’ve experimented with backers of all sorts as well as different methods to DIY-ing them. This simple tutorial yields beautiful results if you’re precise and don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, so to speak! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

Patterned Backer Final DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Patterned Backer Step1 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step One: First you’ll want to decide what paper or material you’d like to use on the back of your invitations. We selected this Botanical Fern Paper in text weight to coordinate with the fern invitation design. Vertical directional patterns like this one mean that you’ll only get one backer out of each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of text paper. If you’d like to get two backers per sheet, select a non-directional or horizontal pattern. Measure your invitation precisely (very, very precisely), and cut your text paper to that size. Our invitation was 5″ x 7″ so that is the size we cut our paper.

Patterned Backer Step2 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step Two: Gather all of your materials together. This will be your invitation, pre-cut paper backers, and spray glue. When using spray glue, it is important that you do your project in a ventilated location, preferably outside. Make sure that you have a clean, sturdy table so that you can move immediately to the next step. Hold the patterned paper, back side facing you, and spray with a light coat of spray adhesive (see photo below). When the entire surface is covered, move immediately to Step Three.

Patterned Backer Step2 2 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Patterned Backer Step3 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step Three: On your clean and firm surface, place one invitation face down. Very carefully align the top corners of the backer to the top corners of the invitation. Slowly adhere the paper down the back until you’ve reached the bottom corners. Set aside. The key here is to really get the backer on carefully and straight. It’s just a matter of being precise and having the paper cut correctly to start.

Repeat Step Two and Three until all of your invitations are complete. Then move on to Step Four.

Patterned Backer Step4 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step Four: Check your invitations and see if there are any paper edges peeking over the edge of the invitation. If there is, carefully trim them off with a ruler and craft knife, being certain not to cut into the invitation itself. Once you’ve checked them all, let them cure. Overnight is best and you can also weigh them down under a heavy book if you’d like. The key is to make certain that they’re really well adhered.

Patterned Backer Final 2 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Bookbinding linen, which has a study paper back adhered, is another really beautiful and classic option for backing your invitation (see the blush linen backer in the photo above). There are numerous colors to choose from and it’s just as easy to use as paper! No fraying involved!

Materials

Invitations

Patterned Paper or Book Binding Linen

Spray Adhesive

Ruler and Craft Knife

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real wedding invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Spring Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite

Spring is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited! When we stumbled across this gorgeous double sided watercolor paper by Rifle Paper Co., we just knew that it would be making a starring appearance in a future DIY tutorial. To kick off the season, we’ve designed a gorgeous, pastel invitation suite that would be perfect for any spring or summer event. The decorative watercolor paper trifold is just icing on the cake! We absolutely love it  this season as an alternative to the envelope liner! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

Watercolor Fold Final DIY Tutorial: Spring Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite

Watercolor Fold Step1 2 DIY Tutorial: Spring Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite

Step One: Gather and cut the decorative paper that is destined to be your trifold wrap around your invitation. To fit an A7 (5″ x 7″) card cut the paper into rectangles measuring 7″ tall by 11″ long. This will allow for an inch of overlap around your invitation card. The decorative paper that you choose doesn’t have to be double sided like ours is but we would recommend selecting a paper with a pretty back, either clean white or a color or pattern. Remember that the back will be seen when your guests view the invitation!

Watercolor Fold Step2 DIY Tutorial: Spring Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite

Step Two: For ease of folding and to make sure the line was straight, we scored one side of our decorative paper at the 2.5″ mark. Fold along the line and set the paper aside.

Watercolor Fold Step3 DIY Tutorial: Spring Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite

Step Three: Next we stamped our invitation piece on an A7 card. For this design we used our Mod Invitation Stamp and an antique pewter stamp pad. For a step-by-step video tutorial about this printing process go here.

Watercolor Fold Step4 DIY Tutorial: Spring Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite

Step Four: Next, we folded the other side of our decorative paper trifold around the A7 card, making sure it was a snug fit. We used a bone folder to make a crisp, folded edge.

Watercolor Fold Step5 DIY Tutorial: Spring Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite

Step Five: Insert the A7 invitation card into the trifold decorative paper with double sided tape or stick glue. Put the tape on all four corners of the back of your card. Carefully place it over the center of the trifold and press it down to adhere it to the decorative paper.

Watercolor Fold Step6 DIY Tutorial: Spring Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite

Step Six: For the reply card, we wanted to add some pattern and color to tie together the coral and turquoise sides of our decorative paper. For the reply card itself, we cut 4bar cards (3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″) out of our Paloma Patterned Coral Cover Paper and stamped our Mod  Reply Card Stamp on the blank, non-patterned side. We used a turquoise colored 4bar envelope stamped with our Mod Banner Return Address Stamp to coordinate. You will get four 4bar cards out of one sheet of card stock.

Watercolor Fold Step7 DIY Tutorial: Spring Watercolor Wedding Invitation Suite

Step Seven: The last step puts all of the gorgeous finishing touches on the suite. We used the Paloma Coral Paper again, except in text weight, to make the belly bands wrapped around the suite. We cut them into strips of 2″ x 11″ – meaning you will get four belly bands per sheet of paper. After taping the belly band, we tied a piece of ribbon around the band to soften the look and add a bit of texture to the design.

We stamped the same return address (Mod Banner Return Address Stamp) on the back flap of a blush envelope before addressing them and sending them on their merry way! We promise that each guest will be truly delighted to receive such a present in their mailbox!

Materials

Mod  Invitation Stamp

Mod  Reply Card Stamp

Mod Banner Return Address Stamp

Stamp Pad in Antique Pewter

Decorative Paper (we used these ombré gift wrap sheets from Rifle Paper Co.) cut to 7″ x 11″

A7 Cards in Superfine White

A7 Envelopes in Luxe Blush

Paloma Coral Patterned Paper in Cover and Text weight

4bar Envelopes in Pool

Double sided tape or stick glue

Scoring Board

Ribbon

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real wedding invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Hand Tinted Letterpress Save the Dates

Hand tinting was historically used to color black and white photographs before color photography was invented. It was also used on prints made by etching as a means to color them. For this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use this technique to bring a unique, vintage look to your letterpress save the dates or wedding invitations. Not only is it beautiful, it’s also super easy (as in two steps)! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Hand tinted Save the Date Step1 DIY Tutorial: Hand Tinted Letterpress Save the Dates

Step One: We chose two colors for this design: green and pink. When deciding what to do with your letterpress design, consider historical references for colors (searching hand tinted etching or photographs yields nice results).

First, we mixed our green color. We wanted it to be a little yellow tinged so we added some yellow to the green in our palette (see the upper left mixing area). The color needs to be very diluted to have it tint and not paint too heavily cover your letterpress print. Make sure to test your colors on an extra piece to make sure you have the technique down before starting the project.

Another key factor is how dry the brush is when it’s tinting the paper. You do not want it to be wet. Brushing it first against a paper towel helps keep the tint from being to watery. Again, it helps to work through this in testing.

Paint your first color in the desired area (in our case, green on the leaves) and set it aside to dry. Repeat on all cards.

Hand tinted Save the Date Step2 DIY Tutorial: Hand Tinted Letterpress Save the Dates

Step Two: Next, you’ll be adding in your second color to the flowers on the design. Mix up your desired color and test it on your spare piece until the color and dilution is right. Brush on the color (in our case, pink) in the desired areas. Set aside to dry and repeat on the rest of your cards.

Hand tinted Save the Date Final 5 DIY Tutorial: Hand Tinted Letterpress Save the Dates

Letterpress printing works exceptionally well with hand tinting because it created an indented texture when the print is made. This helps keep your tint in place and prevents coloring outside the lines or blotchiness. If you do end up with too much water on the print, it’s easy to quickly dab it with a clean paper towel and absorb any excess. No harm done!

Hand tint Save the Date FInal 2 DIY Tutorial: Hand Tinted Letterpress Save the Dates

We found that the tinting technique worked most beautifully and effectively on our botanical collection of letterpress cards. The softness and vintage appeal lends to the charm of the designs. Of course, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination!

Materials

Savannah Letterpress Save the Date Card. We recommend ordering extra pieces (10% overage) for testing.

Watercolors

Paint brush. We recommend a very nice, small brush so that you have control and precision.

Water cup

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real save the dates gallery for more save the date ideas!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Seed Packet Wedding Ceremony Program

By the time most couples get around to finalizing their wedding program, they’ve waited until the last minute. They’re also desperately trying to stay within their budget since the big day is right around the corner. But making your own ceremony programs at home doesn’t have to yield ho-hum results! In our tutorial today, we’ll show you an adorable way to make custom programs every guest is sure to love. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

Env Program FINAL DIY Tutorial: Seed Packet Wedding Ceremony Program

Env Program Step1 DIY Tutorial: Seed Packet Wedding Ceremony Program

Step One: First, you’ll need to gather your papers together and fold them exactly in half, using a bone folder. The cover of this program uses 8.5″ x 11″ patterned text weight paper (we used a version of our popular Paloma pattern). You could also use a scrapbook paper, so long as nothing is printed on the back side. For the text inside, you can use a design program, such as Illustrator or InDesign or simply use Word to lay out all of your information in two columns. We printed front and back by flipping the paper and re-running it through our home printer. You could also send the file to a copy store and have them print it for you.

Env Program Step2 DIY Tutorial: Seed Packet Wedding Ceremony Program

Step Two:  Assemble your booklets with the cover on the back and the inner pages in the middle. Use paper clips to hold them together in preparation for sewing. This helps prevent shifting when you’re running a stitch down the center.

Env Program Step3 DIY Tutorial: Seed Packet Wedding Ceremony Program

Step Three: With your needle in the middle position, sew straight down the center fold. Trim off any thread ends after the booklet is finished.

Env Program Step4 DIY Tutorial: Seed Packet Wedding Ceremony Program

Step Four: We wanted to gussy up our program a bit by adding a little envelope containing home-grown seeds to the front for guests to take home. Instead of leaving the envelope blank, we added the couple’s name and wedding date in white calligraphy on the back flap. Don’t feel comfortable tackling calligraphy on your own? You could also use a monogram stamp with white ink to get a similar result!

Env Program Step5 DIY Tutorial: Seed Packet Wedding Ceremony Program

Step Five: Adhere the envelope to the front cover (approximately in the center) using double sided tape or stick glue. We found that our  ATG Tape Gun worked the best on this project.

Env Program Step6 DIY Tutorial: Seed Packet Wedding Ceremony Program

Step Six: Give your guests a little take away with your program! We spooned hand-harvest seeds into the envelopes so that each guest could plant flowers in honor of the couple. You could also fill the envelope with rice, confetti or anything else you can dream of! Have fun making it suit your own special day.

We also included a little note about the gift in the program itself, “Help our love grow! You’ll find hand-harvested seeds in the front envelope. Plant them and share the love.” Be sure to also include the type of seeds and some general growing instructions as well, either in the envelope itself or on the back page of your program.

Env Program Step7 DIY Tutorial: Seed Packet Wedding Ceremony Program

Step Seven: Lastly, you’ll just need to close up the envelope so that the seeds don’t spill out. We used a fun patterned washi tape, which is easy to remove yet stays put!

Materials

Patterned paper in 8.5″ x 11″ text weight

Text weight paper in sage

Home Printer

Paper Clips

Sewing Machine and Thread – have fun with your thread color selection!

Mini Envelopes

Calligraphy Pen and Ink, or Monogram Stamp and White Stamp Pad

ATG Tape Gun

Seeds (or rice or confetti)

Washi Tape

Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Travel-Inspired Save the Date

We’ve been having an unusually cold winter here in Texas and all of these winter storms have us dreaming of warmer places. With destination weddings more popular than ever, this travel inspired save the date is sure to excite your guests and have them booking their flights pronto. Our favorite part of this design? The one-of-a-kind vintage maps we used for the liners! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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step1 DIY Tutorial: Travel Inspired Save the Date

Step One: First of all, you’ll need to stamp your save the date on a kraft paper card cut to 3.75″ x 5.75″. For this design we used our Air Mail Save the Date stamp and a black stamp pad. For a step-by-step video tutorial about this printing process go here.

step2 DIY Tutorial: Travel Inspired Save the Date

Step Two: To add a pop of color into the design, we mounted our kraft paper card onto a red-orange A6 backer. To do this, simply apply stick glue or double sided tape around the back edges of the kraft paper card. Center it over the A6 red card and press down. If you used glue, let it dry.

step3 DIY Tutorial: Travel Inspired Save the Date

Step Three: We’re simply swooning over this gorgeous vintage map paper. Each sheet is different so the results are fun and varied. Trace an A6 envelope liner template with a pencil on the back of the map paper and cut out the pattern. Use double sided tape or stick glue to adhere the liner into the mint envelope just below the gumming.

step4 DIY Tutorial: Travel Inspired Save the Date

Step Four: We just couldn’t stand to waste any little bits map paper so we used the leftovers from the liners in Step 3,  stamped a monogram (we used our Cross my Heart Initials monogram stamp) in black and then cut them out around the design, in a cute heart shape.

step5 DIY Tutorial: Travel Inspired Save the Date

Step Five: The last step is to pull it all together! We punched holes on either side of the heart tag so that it would lay flat and straight when we threaded the twine around the save the date. Once that’s done, just address your envelopes and add postage so that you can mail them off!

Materials

Air Mail Save the Date Stamp

Cross my Heart Monogram Stamp

Stamp Pad in Black

Kraft Card Stock

A6 Cards in Persimmon

A6 Envelopes in Mint

Map Paper

Twine in Teal

Double Sided Tape or Stick Glue

Scissors

⅛ inch Hole Punch

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real save the dates gallery for more save the date ideas!

Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper