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DIY 3D Invitations and Floral Envelope Liners
By L. K. on Sep 18, 2014 at 6:00 am in
Today’s tutorial marks the last installment in a doable DIY series from Simply Sunshine Events and Jaclyn Auletta Photography. Featuring three-dimensional detailing, gold glitter paper, and a pretty floral pattern, this layered invitation set is the perfect mix of playful and feminine. Read on to learn how to make it. It’s easier than it looks! And if you missed them, be sure to check out the complementary etched champagne glass and monogrammed plate tutorials.
Materials Needed for 3D Invitations
♦ 110-lb card stock (to print your invitations on)
♦ Pre-cut invitation card stock and matching envelope sets (we chose gold, sold in sets at craft and paper stores)
♦ Glitter craft paper
♦ Wrapping or patterned paper
♦ Paper cutter
♦ X-Acto knife and extra blades
♦ Spray mount
♦ Double-sided tape
♦ Pen or pencil
♦ Cutting mat
Print your invitation design, side by side, on 8.5" x 11" 110-lb card stock paper. Make sure to print about 10 to 15 percent more than what you need to account for mistakes. Laser prints from a home office store work best, since the colors won’t bleed if they get wet.
Cut the width and height of the invitation design 1" shorter all the way around than the size of the pre-cut invitation card stock and envelope packages you purchased. We did this using a paper cutter to ensure straight lines. It also saves a lot of time!
Using your X-Acto knife—be careful, they’re sharp!—cut carefully around the areas you want to pop up to create a 3D effect. Make sure to leave part of your design connected to the invitation.
In a well-ventilated area, spray the spray mount on the back of the invitation and wait about 15 seconds. Center the invitation on the glitter paper and press down. (Note: If the spray mount gets on your hands, make sure to wash it off, or it will get on the front of the invitation.) Cut the glitter paper about 1/4" wider than the invitation.
Take the patterned paper and place the pre-cut card stock on top. Trace around the edges and cut the patterned paper to the size.
Spray the card stock with the spray mount, wait 15 seconds, and then place the patterned paper on top. Smooth out and press down.
Spray the back of the glitter paper with spray mount, wait 15 seconds, and then apply on top of the patterned paper. This will create a layered effect. If you would like the back layers to be more prominent, increase the amount of space between each layer by cutting the layers smaller or larger.
Voila! Now you’re ready to move onto the envelope liners.
Materials Needed for Envelope Liners
♦ Patterned paper
♦ Envelope and pre-cut invitation Set (from the invitation tutorial)
♦ Double-sided tape or glue stick
Take one of the envelopes and cut off the backside from the front. The “front” is considered the envelope flap and the area where you address the envelopes. This begins your template.
Taking your ruler, draw lines a 1/4" from the sides of the template piece. Cut along these lines. Cut off the bottom of the template so that when it’s tucked inside an envelope, it hides behind the opening. This is now your complete template.
Place your envelope liner template on top of the same patterned paper you used for your invitations to create a consistent design theme. Trace around the edges with a sharp pencil or lightly with a pen. Cut around those edges.
Insert the liner into the envelope, measuring up where you want the fold to be. Lightly crease the paper by folding over the envelope’s flap.
Open the flap back up and apply glue stick or double-sided tape onto the flap to secure the liner.
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Nash Khan, Sep 20, 2014 at 6:05 pm
The finished product looks absolutely stunning!
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