We customized the envelopes for our wedding invitations using a couple of easy tricks: Sewing our return address on the back of our envelopes and adding custom photo stamps from PhotoStamps.com.
- A7 size (5 1/4″x 7 1/4″) chocolate envelopes
- 8 1/2 x 11 luxe cream 210g text paper (or other heavy paper)
- Yellow thread
- Digital camera and computer
- Rotary Paper Trimmer -12” (30cm)
First I designed the return address text in Illustrator using the Copperplate font. I ordered a plate from Owosso Graphics and my friend John Devylder letterpressed them when he printed our invitations. Of course you can print them yourself too.
Cut the return addresses into rectangles. Invest in a rotary paper trimmer; it will save you loads of time. Sew the rectangle onto the back envelope flap. Backstitch a few stitches to secure or tie the ends together and cut.
Now for the custom photo stamps. I put the cut-out fabric flower that I used on the invitations onto the cream luxe paper and snapped a photo. Then I uploaded it to PhotoStamps.com and they did the rest.
One great thing about PhotoStamps.com is that you can create one stamp to cover any extra postage. Be sure to weigh your invitations at the post office before you place your order so you know which denomination to buy. PhotoStamps.com is also fun for save the date announcements and thank you notes.
Like this theme? Then try our sewn poppy fabric invitations, table numbers, guest towels, ring bearer pillow, place cards, sewn zigzagged programs, menu, reserved signs, whimsical flower garland “altar” and bridesmaid’s handbags.
Don’t feel like making them yourself? Contact me and I’ll help.
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Merriment :: Kathy Beymer
Wednesday 25th of June 2008
Congratulations on your engagement! October is a great month of the year to get married :) And I'm so excited that you liked my invitations. It's a great complement and I truly appreciate you reaching out to me to tell me.
I'll email you with details. Thanks!
Wednesday 25th of June 2008
Hello! My name is Liesel Eastman and I am getting married in October of this year in Nebraska. Five days after your anniversary actually. I first saw your invitations in the Knot and they were truly inspirational. What you did with your wedding is exactly what I had in my head but couldn't figure out how to express. I have even ordered the same fabric through a fabric store in Australia, as it was the only place I could find that still had it.
I am writing you because I am wondering if you ever do invitations as commission work? I would love to replicate your idea but I have not a creative bone in my body, nor do I know how to sew. Plus, as a full time graduate student and working full time, I simply have no time to spare. I would, however, be happy to do the letterpress part of it. I just need the base.
If you would be interested in getting paid to do it all again, please let me know. I would be interested in discussing pricing.
Thanks so much for your time, Liesel Eastman