I am about to show you a really simple and effective way of making your own totally bespoke and unique wedding stationery. All you need (in increasing quantities) is imagination, patience and time…
And the cost? Let’s just say you could be sending out 75 hand finished invitations with change in your pocket from £30.00.
I think your guests will go giddy for these hand crafted invitations. And of course it helps that the “home made” look is just so hot right now…
This the stamp (above). It was purchased from Stamps Direct, a company who’s main focus is to manufacture the sort of stamps that you might use at work. Stamps that say “private and confidential” or “URGENT” on them.
If you ask nicely though, these guys will create you a rubber stamp from any artwork you send them, and they also stock a good range of coloured ink pads. All you need to come up with is a design.
Choose A Font
We don’t all have access to Photoshop but for something like this Microsoft Word will work just as well. Get creative with your fonts, maybe mix two fonts together or go for a big accent on key letters. You can find loads of free fonts online and I think Dafont has a great selection.
If you are using Word, Use text boxes rather than just typing straight into the document. Use a new text box for each individual word – then you can easily rearrange and reposition to your hearts content, just keep tweaking until you are happy.
P.S If you don’t know what “text boxes” are then you might have to enlist the services of that annoying little paperclip chap who pops up! Is he still around?
Once you are happy you can create a PDF or alternatively print your stamp design out and then scan it back in so that it’s ready to send off to the stamp peeps.
Choose Some Stock
Of course if you want to go super crazy D.I.Y then you could buy sheets of card and get busy with the cutting and folding. But if that sounds like a little too much work then there are loads of craft companies out there like eco-craft where you can buy cards that are ready to fold with envelopes and inlays. Here we have 120mm square recycled stock because these invites are going to have a rustic recycled look and feel.
If rustic recycled isn’t your cup of tea then you can make some basic yet fundamental changes to your design to give the cards a different style.
Choice of colour, scale and stock will all have a massive impact on your final look. For example, if you go for a larger heavy card in a muted dark colour and place your stamp design centrally – you have a contemporary cool design that would suite a modern city wedding perfectly.
Adding A Final Touch
The more crafty amongst you may want to add some extra little flourishes to your design. If you have the skill and patience, adding little details here and there will take your stamp stationery to the next level. Let your imagination go and just do what you feel – It’s your day your way remember!
I’ll leave you with this idea. Let me introduce the smallest (and fiddliest!) bunting ever to grace these spotty pages. Details like this will really set your invitations apart from the crowd, your guests will want to keep them on display long after the last dance has been danced.
So there you have it, rubber stamp stationery on a shoe string – I hope this has inspired you all to get your craft boxes out this weekend.
One final top tip – now that you have your own stamp and your very own wedding logo, why not brand some other elements of your big day… you could even get a second smaller stamp made in your chosen style (maybe using just your initials) for use on favours, labels, name cards etc… the list is endless!
Have a great weekend folks, and don’t blame me if by Saturday afternoon you’ve managed to stick your fingers together.
P.S If you want to grab the fonts and the & sign that I used in this tutorial click here to download them.