DIY ArtDeco Wedding Invitation

DIY ArtDeco Wedding Invitation

So to make this DIY wedding invitation there’s
a few things you’re going to need. You’re going to need the printable templates from
Download & Print, and these are Microsoft Word compatible templates. You open them up,
you type in the brides, grooms name, the date, all your RSVP details and you print them out
on 8.5 x 11″ card stock. I used a cream colored card stock. And the whole supplies list is
in the bottom of this video description. You’re also going to need a bone folder, a scoring
tool, a ruler, this is the A7 European flap, that’s the pointy flap, envelope, and a sheet
of the star dream gold metallic. And I’m going to first show how to do the envelope liner.
I printed the envelope liner on the same card stock that I did the invitation because I
wanted the paper color to match. And if you’re doing a lot of these one trick is to use your
straight edge paper cutter to come in and trim the square sides. And using this straight
edge paper cutter you can actually cut three or four envelope liners at the same time,
so it’s a huge time saver. You can have your assembly line going where you have half your
people doing the cutting, and the other half doing the scissor part. And once I have it
trimmed out like that I’m just going to come in and do the last angled cuts, and when you
get up here to the point you’re going to want to keep the scissors still and turn the paper
like so. And that gives you a much smoother curve, and you’re less likely to tear the
paper. So we cut it out like that. And so now we have a perfectly sized A7 euro flap.
And if you’re looking for these black envelopes there’s a link for a place to buy them in
the description of this video. So I’m just going to line it up just past the glue part
of my envelope, like that. Once I’m happy with how even it is I’m going to take my ruler
and my bone folder, or you could use the scoring tool for this, and I’m just lining up on the
envelope fold, the black part of the envelope fold because I want them to crease in the
same spot. And then I just score, hit it a couple of times. And then I take the envelope
liner and fold it down. Take the bone folder, crease it. Creasing just gives you nice, sharp
professional folds. And then I’m just going to take two pieces of tape, you don’t need
to coat the whole top of this with tape, two or three pieces max and you’re done. And then
bring the black flap down, press. And then, ta da, there’s your beautiful envelope liner.
And doesn’t that look so great with the final invitation. I just love how it all coordinates
together. The black, gold, and the cream just look very sharp and sophisticated. So now
I’m going to show you how to make this invitation, RSVP and the little art deco band. And the
template makes this super easy because it actually has the cut lines that you use to
align your paper cutter. So what I’m going to do, is I’m going to come across, and the
RSVP and the invitation share that trim line there. So I’m going to come across here, cut
there first, and then I’m going to come into the invitation, line up that bottom mark there,
push all the way to the top, trim. And then I’m going to turn counter-clockwise, trim.
And then here you’ll notice that some of our cut lines art gone now. I’m just going to
use my ruler to line it up on the 5″, because it’s a 5 x 7 invitation. So there’s the invitation.
And then now come in and trim the RSVP card. So I’m just going to push it to the top, line
up the cut line at the bottom. Turn. Cut. Turn. And the straight edge paper cutters,
they don’t cost that much, I think they’re like $30, and if you’re making your own invitations
it’s such a huge time save. And it gives you perfectly straight lines. So there’s our two
pieces. And then I have the, in my example I have the 4-bar black envelope. You could
actually use this RSVP as a postcard. You would save the cost of the envelope. And you
just put an address label and a postcard stamp, and that will mail out at a cheaper rate than
say the first class envelope rate. But that’s just an idea, postcard or with the envelope,
your choice. And now lets focus on how to make this really cool deco band piece. Super
cheap, wow factor for the whole invitation. So this is a piece of 8.5 x 11″ star dream
antique gold metallic paper. It’s a lighter weight, I think this is about a 60 lbs. There’s
a link to find it in the video, scrapbook aisle at your scrapbook store. And what you’re
going to want to do is, you’re going to want to come in here and you’re going to want to
cut 1″ strips. That’s the part that actually wraps around. So it’s easier to do this off
this edge rather than putting your paper here. This is going to be hard to hold straight.
Do I’m going to do it off this end, so 8.5 minus an inch is 7.5″. Just come in, whack
off a piece. We’ll make two of them. So then I go from 7.5 to 8.5, whack off a strip. So
these are going to be the horizontal pieces that wrap around . And then for the origami,
for this center diamond piece, it’s three inches by three inches. So I’m going to come
in here and mark three inches, turn it, and cut, at three inches, so that I have a 3″
by 3″ square. Ok. Now we’re going to put the grooves, now you’ll notice, I’m not sure if
this is picking up on the camera, I’ve actually scored this, so you get these really nice
linear deco lines. Now we’re done with the paper cutter, I’ll get this out of here. Get
rid of my scraps. So we have our 1″ by 11″ strips and then our 3″ by 3″ diamond. And
I’m going to come in, I’m going to put grooves on my horizontal band. Now kill your perfectionist,
this doesn’t have to be perfect. I even have some that are just slightly crooked, you can’t
tell. And I just space them however my heart desires. Like I did the two kind of close
together and then I did one a little lower. This is where you can kind of put a little
bit your style in. And this just gives it that kind of embossed, metal look, like metal
that’s been formed with lines. I just like how that looks, and I’m not sure if you can
see it on the camera. So you just score like that, it’s the detail. And now we’re going
to make our diamond piece which looks like this. This is the final result and I’m going
to show you how to make that. So we’re going to come in and we’re going to fold up to the
top, like so. And this is where a bone folder comes in really handy. It’s like a $3 tool,
but you know, you’ll wear out your fingernails doing this. Like so. And then we’re going
to bring, so we have our triangle here, and we’re going to bring it over like this. And
press. And every time I’m folding I’m making. So now I have my triangle, and I’ve got my
open flap facing to the left. I’m going to come in, I’m going to grab that little hole
in there, and I’m going to use my bone folder a little bit, and I’m just going to squish
it down like that. Crease this side. So now it looks like this, I’ve got a little open
mouth there. Then I flip it over, and then I repeat the same thing on the back side.
So sometimes it helps to get the bone folder into the point there if you’ve got chubby
fingers like me. So you just bring this down like this. And we’re just trying to make a
diamond into a square, that’s not hard. Like that. Now you have the point there, and I’ve
got my other flaps here. So, Ok, flippy flaps at the top. And then I’m going to fold back,
now this is like making a paper airplane. I’m going to come to the middle, then repeat
the same thing on the other side. Come into the middle. You want those to line up. Really
keep an eye on this point down here because that what makes it really look nice. So now
it looks like that. And then I’m going to take the airplane flap I’m going to fold it
back, fold it back like this. And I’m going to take the other side, repeat it as everything
in deco is symmetrical. Like that. Now you can see how it’s kind of starting to resemble
the example. Now the way you attach it to your strip here, is I’m going to come in on
the back, I’m just going to flip it over. I’m going to open up that back diamond, and
I want to fold this down. Ok. So there’s my front, and there’s my back. I’ve just folded
this flap down. And there, there’s my little hole. I’m going to stick a little piece of
tape in there. Down in that crevice. And that’s what gives it that pop look. And I just want
to glue that there. Ok. And then I’m going to come in and I’m going to put a strip of
on the back side, like that. And that’s what’s going to go over your little strip. I’m just
going to kind of eyeball the center, and then if you look at the back that just hugs over
it. Like so. So there is your little deco strap. And then we take our invitation and
I center it, and there’s kind of a little cheat, you can just kind of get that dead
in the center. I’m lining it up actually on that invitation design element. I get to the
sides and I just fold it around, the same thing on the other side so it’s a nice snug
fit. And I flip it over, and I’m just going to seal it with a piece of tape, oops, stick.
We want to line those up so it looks nice and finished. There you have it. And then
I just tuck the little RSVP card on the envelope. And there you have it. The art deco ornate
vintage typography invitation template. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. To get
the templates to make this for your wedding see the description link in this video. This
is Anna Skye from Download & Print.

35 thoughts on “DIY ArtDeco Wedding Invitation

  1. that's a great design and the origami was really cool ^^
    i think i should try this for my grandma's golden wedding invitation 🙂

  2. Very beautiful! Thank you very much for sharing 🙂 I was wondering what the total cost of these invitations is?

  3. Hello! What are the fonts that are used on the card? I am trying to customize my wedding invitation but I don't have the same matching fonts! Thank you!

  4. +Kendall Retzlaff the fonts are Ecuyer Dax ( and Aerolite CP (

  5. What should the margins be when printing the Save the Date template for this design via Microsoft word? Two should print per page, but only half of one came out on the card stock. Please help!

  6. My daughter is getting married in May and she has now made the decision to make her invitations. So I sent her your video and we are so excited.
    Btw do you do wedding invitations?

  7. What paper did you use in this video? classic crest cream? It looks almost white, I've been looking for cream colored cardstock but it seems too yellow, I'm afraid the gold in the templates won't pop enough

  8. Where I can get gold colored paper? When I open the link not the role I was used in the video appears. Thanks!

  9. I'm trying to order the envelope, however can't locate the A7 black. Can you please provide a link for the specific envelopes (and not just the link for the company's website)?

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