DIY Die-Cut Invites

Yes, “do-it-yourself” and “die-cut” are usually mutually exclusive. But that didn’t stop me from doing it. Well, not exactly die cutting…I cut them out myself with scissors!

It’s not that insane, really! I promise! I did 20 per night as easy as can be and was finished within a week. As long as you’re comfy with a pair of scissors, it’s an affordable way to achieve a nice little detail.

Here is what they looked like before the cutting:

Note: the pink color is actually not that bright in person, it’s more of a peach/dusty rose color.

When I first commissioned a great graphic designer, Lisa of Bellew Creative, to help out with the design process, I figured I would do this fancy shape after I letterpress printed them. I thought maybe I could use a Cricut to pull it off. The cartridge Accent Essentials has a very similar shape. But when I bought the cartridge and my Cricut Create, I realized it didn’t allow me to cut it large enough. Maybe an Expression Cricut model would work though.

I created a template from Lisa’s professionally-drawn Adobe Illustrator design. Lisa emailed me the shape, then I actually fiddled with the exact size on my computer until it was just the right size for the invitation. I printed it out, cut it out, then traced the shape onto a piece of hard folderboard my letterpress mentor had kindly supplied me. He thought it would make a perfect cutting-out template, and it did!

Here’s my template:

Then I traced the design onto my invites using a mechanical pencil to get a nice, fine line and cut them out with a pair of sharp scissors. All those years of cutting out hundreds of Victorian-era paper dolls paid off!

I’m probably going to cut out the programs as well. I think I’m going to turn the programs into fans by gluing popsicle sticks to the backs after I’ve cut them out. But then, I might need a backing piece of paper, don’t you think?

Wouldn’t it be cute to use a favorite wedding-themed children’s book art as the backing paper?

Maybe like Frog Went A-Courting, adapted and illustrated by Nina Barbaresi.

Have you gone the DIY route with your invitation suite? Or have you used unique shapes in your paper goods to make them stand out?


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