for your beach wedding or event!
This is a starfish invitation with two layers of card stock. To create this product, I use several steps, please continue reading to see how it's done!.
The first step is the design process. Since each invitation is custom, there is no limit on what can be created. The fonts, colors and general overall appearance are unique to each bride.
Once the design is complete, the real work begins!
The next step is to print the invitations on the cream card stock. The cream card stock is a felt finish paper made from 100% recycled materials. It is a heavy, 80 pound weight. It is on the more expensive side, so I buy it in bulk to keep the cost down (I do the same with the envelopes).
I then rip the edges of the cream card stock using a deckle edge ruler like the one shown below.
I usually use the smoother edge on top, not the more dramatic one on the bottom. But I have used that edge on request.
So then I'm left with all the ripped pieces, like the rsvp card and the main part of the invitation as shown below.
Then I purchase the color card stock per order, usually at a craft store named Micheal's. I don't like to carry a lot of paper stock here, you never know when you're going to use it!
I buy the 12" x 12" size paper, meant for scrapbooking, as I can cut it down to make four invitations and there is minimal waste.
Now it's time to emboss the starfish onto the cream card stock layer. For that I use a Sizzix Big Kick. This machine is meant for letterpress printing and die cutting. I originally purchased the machine and the starfish plate meaning to letterpress print the starfish on the invitations. But letterpress printing is very tricky, and to get it light enough so that you could still read the invitation proved too hard for me to figure out. So I decided to just use the starfish plate for blind debossing the invitation, and the starfish invitation was born!
Once that's time it's time to combine the cream card stock layer with the colored one. I have found that double-sided tape works the best. I tried everything from Elmer's glue, to glue sticks, to spray adhesive, and double sided tape was the winner!
And it's done! Here are a couple of shots of the finished product:
If a DIY bride wanted to save money, they could purchase the cream card stock (embossed by me) and do the last step with the colored card stock on their own. The invitations completely finished are $3.50 each (including a blank envelope) and without the layer of colored card stock they are $2.50 each (also with the envelope). Every little bit helps!
Hope you enjoyed some insight on how the starfish invitations are created. Please come back for more information and other blogs! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below of send me an email
Creating the Starfish Invitation
Creating starfish invitations for beach events and before and after shots as we settle into our new home. Plus a few blogs about our new dog!