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« on: April 25, 2007 06:59:55 PM »

For our evening wedding in July, we will be playing up some rich peacock colors in a garden setting. Our DIY invites hopefully give a good first impression of the motifs guests can expect...

The outer envelope is Astrobright A7 in "Terra Green." I handcut a liner using a patterned wrapping paper from Paper Zone.

The invitation suite is packaged together with a ribbon band and a personalized cardstock tag.

Suite includes: Invitation panel, RSVP card and stamped envelope, and "Details" card with wedding website info.

The reply envelope is Astrobright 4Bar "Celestial Blue."

All pieces were printed on a color copier at Kinkos onto Stardream Quartz card stock.

I designed the invite on Microsoft Publisher. The panel is just short of 5x7, so I could print two per page.

The flower design is a graphic I purchased from istockphoto.com and reworked to remove unnecessary elements. I also changed the colors to reflect our peacock motif in a subtle way.

Fonts are Lainie Day (script) and Copperplate Gothic Light (block).

TIP: You can hide imperfect cuts pretty easily by rounding out the corners using a simple paper punch.

Total cost not including postage is approx. $1.88 per invitation.

- Rebecca
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2007 08:31:49 PM »

These are absolutely beautiful!  Well done!  This is such a great way to get people excited about the wedding.  Congrats!

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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2007 08:40:03 PM »

Fabulous! Love the colours and the motif. Nice work!
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2007 09:49:26 AM »

these are so beautiful.  i especially love the envelope liner - great work!

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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2007 10:21:30 AM »

Thanks everyone!

I just wish the new Star Wars stamps came out in time for my mailing date (one week too late!). That would really take it over the edge.  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2007 10:37:18 AM »

HA!  my FH and I are considering using those as stamps for our RSVPs... glad someone else thought about using star wars for wedding invites Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2007 04:34:37 AM »


I think these are sooo great. Do you mind if I ask you some questions. The graphic that you used, you said you bought it at Istock. I have been looking there and I really would like to find something similar ( not the same as I don't want to be a horrid copy cat), do you remeber who the designer/illustrator was?

Also how where you able to change the colours. Did you do that in microsoft publisher, or any other software.

Again. I'm so impressed with these invitations.
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2007 08:44:34 AM »

Here's the artwork on istockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=1484391

If you don't want this exact one (but, really, if you like it, just use it!), do a search for "bloom AND silhouette" and in the drop-down menu under the search box, select "Illustrations." You'll get some selections that are similar in concept.

As for editing the file, I edited it using the Eraser and Paint Bucket functions in Adobe Photoshop.

You can even use Microsoft Paint's paint bucket function to change the colors of the image.

- Rebecca
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