We are so excited to introduce this Guest Blog Post by one of our incredible vendors, Heidi Hicks. Heidi is a Crafts and DIY extraordinaire who hosts a variety of Bespoke Craft Workshops, perfect for the Bride and Groom planning to hand-make a lot of their decorations, or for a hen party with a twist! Today, Heidi is sharing her crafty pearls of wisdom with this step-by-step guide to making your own Save The Dates. Enjoy…

The venue is booked and you’ve already started to think about colour schemes. It all begins here. One of your first steps to planning your wedding will be sending out ‘save the date’ cards. This pre-invitation both announces your wedding and secures the attendance of your loved ones, in one swift move! For something completely bespoke to you as a couple, why not try and make your own?

Start by exploring all the card stocks, paper and envelopes options out there, there are so many to choose from. As a rule of thumb you will need the below list of materials to help you on your way.

The pretty things…

Envelopes – The first thing that anyone will see!
Base card – It’s always best to purchase a nice sturdy card on which to layer your printed papers and text.
Printed design paper – You can use card for this layer too, although it wont ‘tear’ as paper does for those nice distressed edges.
Plain paper to print your text on – Feel free to also try printing onto tracing paper or coloured paper to achieve other effects.
Other embellishments – Whilst looking for your card and printed papers you will find an assortment of lovely trims to add to your save the dates, maybe try some diamanté gems, glitter ribbon or pre-tied bows to add a little wow factor to your creations!

It’s important to note that it’s well worth choosing all of these items together, so you can ensure that the colours and tones will complement each other.

The functional things…

Double sided sticky tape – My personal favourite to stick the different layers down with.
Metal ruler – This is an important tool should you want to rip the edges of your layers.
Scalpel or paper guillotine – To ensure those cut edges are as straight and crisp as possible. You should also use your scalpel on a cutting mat of some sort.
Scissors – To help trim off edges and deal with the tape!

1. After you have selected your papers and card stocks, I always find the best way to start is to work back from the envelope size. After all, one of the worst things to happen is to make a beautiful card and then have to post it in an oversized envelope or even have to then make the envelopes yourself! Trust me, life is too short to skip this step. Therefore, select your chosen envelope size and work back by cutting your card down to size or alternatively ensuring that you buy the correct card size to begin with.

2. The next layer to sit on top of the base card is going to be the printed design paper. Cut or rip a piece roughly 1-1.5cm smaller than the base card (in both width and length) and position on top of your base card (don’t stick anything yet!).

3. The invitation text is extremely important and can have repercussions on the design of the card itself. I find it particularly useful to narrow it down to two fonts and print out several copies so that I can play around with both.

By this stage ensure that you know exactly what text you require. If you are adding names to the top of the invitation it’s best to leave space at the top of the text rather than having to retype each invitation with different guest names.

Please always remember that the font used should be clear enough for those with poor eyesight to be able to read clearly. Fonts.google.com is a fantastic resource for new fonts, especially for newer types of script and brush fonts. To ensure that my text is the correct size for my card base I set up a document with two columns and centrally align the text within each column. This allows the text to fit within my base card parameters and also means that I can get six versions of the invitation text from each A4 print out.

4. Once your text is printed, cut or tear round it ensuring that (if required) you leave a blank space at the top for names. Again, as step 3 above, position this text on top of the printed design paper and assess the design.

5. At this stage you can move the layers around to decide where you want to position them. You don’t have to stick to a central theme. You could position the different frames diagonally or choose to reduce the size of the printed paper and have the text hanging off. Then, when you add various embellishments you can play around with their positioning too.

This stage is the most important step and also the most enjoyable, don’t rush through it. If you made sure to print out lots of extra text then you can really play around to try and achieve your chosen look.

6. When you have decided how things are going to be positioned, it’s now time to stick everything down. For each layer I use one piece of double sided tape at each corner, cut to about 1cm long. I don’t like to use glue because it tends to wrinkle some craft papers. Stick everything down one layer at a time.

Well done! You now have your first ‘control’ card and can start your production line! I would suggest enlisting either your Maid of Honour or Fiancée and a choice bottle of wine before proceeding to cut/rip and stick the evening away…

Have fun!
Heidi x

To find out more information about Heidi’s Craft Workshops, click here to head over to her Weddingly listing.

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