How to create your own invitations.

February 14, 2017


Your event is here and now you want to tackle your stationery on your own.  There are so many different styles to make! Depending on your budget and your skills you can create a single flat card invitation to multilayers.


There are a couple of ways where you can Do It Yourself.

First, you can download ready-made pdfs from an online stationery business that have this option, which includes your event information, and then bring them to your local print shop for the print job.  Specialty paper can be found at any stationery store, one of our favourites is Michaels.  Second way to do a DIY design takes a bit of work but it is manageable if you have some computer skills and are a bit crafty.  Here are some steps to follow:


  • On paper sketch out what you think you would like your invite to look like.  If there is a background, you can search for free downloadable scrapbook paper.  

  • There are so many styles to choose from but for this post we will assume that it you will be creating a layered invite.

  • Open up your software of choice example Adobe InDesign, or you can even use Microsoft word.  For this purpose, let’s say we are using Word.

  • Open a blank document and rotate so you are viewing it in landscape.

  • Draw a rectangular box that would be your invitation size (if you are layering, then make this a bit smaller). (For this purpose we will use a finished product to be 5x7)

  • You can fill in your rectangle or add a background (optional not necessary).

  •  Add a text box with your wording and format and align – word has some great options for font. Experiment and chose what works for your design.  Ohh! and make the text box back white.

  • Depending how large your design is, you may be able to get 2 layouts on one sheet of paper. 

  • After you have finished with your design on the computer, it is time to print. You need to check how heavy of cardstock your printer can handle.  We wouldn’t recommend going below 80 lbs. because it will feel very flimsy in your hands.

  • Print

  • Cut your design out into size (remember, we are layering so keep this layer a bit smaller in size)

  • Now, if you are layering, take the bottom layer and cut it down to size which will be your final size 5x7.  It should be a good half of an inch larger than what you printed.  Example:  If finished product is 5x7 then the bottom layer will be this size and the top layer that you create in word should be designed at least to 4.75 x 6.75 so when you layer the bottom card stock shows.

  • To layer you will need double side tape. If you are adding a ribbon, wrap the ribbon around the back of the first layer and then adhere to bottom layer. You will only want the ribbon that you will tie in a bow to show.

  • Envelope time, to make your invitation pop, trying using a colourful envelope. Something that matches your invite.


  • On budget we would recommend flat unfolded cards.

  • We recommend using a white or cream card and then adding colour throughout with the printing, any colourful embellishments or ribbons.

  • The textures of your card stock is key and can make a big difference so keep this in mind when shopping for your paper. Also, double check with your printer, what weight is can print otherwise you have the option to bring it to a local printer, Staples might be an option.



Happy Creating!

Printable invitations coming soon to PaperWenches






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