I'm trying to go with a lacey theme for our wedding as I prefer this to any glitz or sparkle so I was looking for invitations that were 'cut out'. I found some lovely laser cut invites but they were pricey so the best alternative I could find were use paper punches from Martha Stewart crafts. Available through some online UK craft websites, ebay and Amazon.
This is our final wedding invitation.
We bought some pre-folded gatefold/wardrobe cards from Hobbycraft and used Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch - Daisy Lace for the top and bottom. We added some hydrangea flowers, another Martha Stewart stamp with some stick on tiny pearls and then tied the 'doors' together with some silvery grey organza ribbon (also bought from hobby craft).
Here's a few pictures of what we used and how we made them.
Pre-Folded Gatefold Card
Using the paper punch we puched along the top and bottom of the card.
It took a few attempts to get it all to line up, which we practiced using normal printing or scrap paper to avoid wasting card.
The card after it was punched.
We added a silver insert stuck down with double sided tape. We then added a smaller white paper square on which our invite wording was printed.
Using the hydrangea punch we made some white and silver/grey petals.
The petals were assembled using double sided tape and finished with a small adhesive pearl.
We tied the gatefold doors together with some silver/grey organza ribbon. To attach the ribbon we pierced a small hole in the card, pushed the ribbon through and knotted it.
I'm so pleased we've made something ourselves that is really personal and fits in perfectly with the style of our wedding.
I was planning on trying to make my own wedding cake but after a couple of failed attemps with the decoration side of things I have conceeded and have ordered one. I am still aiming to make a few more things for the wedding which (if successful, lol!) I will post here on my blog :)