(Closed) I found the most beautiful invite… Then I saw the price…

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

What about getting custom stamps made? You could get one with your info (or print them yourself), one with the large henna pattern to fit your page, and then one little one with scroll detail for the envelope and other inserts. I bet if you put an alchemy request on Etsy with that as your inspiration picture you’d get tons of replies. It would end up being pretty DIY on your part though, not sure if you’re into that.

Post # 4
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Welcome to the world of invites! I don’t even bother looking at invites if I see any I like on a blog like Style Me Pretty.

Post # 5
6351 posts
Bee Keeper

Can you post a request on Etsy for something similiar?

Post # 8
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@creativeplannertobee:  That is an AWESOME idea.  I saw a tutorial on here somewhere about using doilies as a stencil, that would work too.  Regular doily with gold paint, I mean.

Post # 10
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

Try indianweddingcards.com They have great paper and scrollwork designs for an amazing price. Their invitations are full customizable – you can send them a jpeg image of what you like and they’ll make it for you. I ordered a few samples, received them within 4 days and was more than happy. Good luck!

Post # 11
8 posts

Go on Etsy! Someone can def make it for you and you won’t have to stress yourself out trying to make it yourself.

Post # 13
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

@IAmLemondrop: A stamp could totally print that much detail, you just have to have a good ink and lots of good pressure.

I’ve found with large stamps like that one (I’ve got a 4×6 woodgrain background stamp that I love) it sometimes helps to put the stamp down on your desk, rubber side up, pat the ink pad onto it (usually the ink is on the desk, and you dab the stamp on that) then lay paper over the inked stamp and press down. Press down with your fingers all over, but don’t move the paper. Or you can put something on top of the paper (thin-ish paper back book) and press on that. I don’t know why reversing it like that works, but it seems to help.

Post # 15
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper


papersource has some different “cultural” type papers also.  There must be other places that have them also. 

@MaggieMae2609:  I thought of that idea too, while I was looking for different “cultural” paper.  😉 Great minds think alike!

Post # 16
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

FYI if you’re considering using a stamp (At risk of sounding like an idiot…we’re talking rubber stamps and ink pads, yes?  Not some obscure creation that I’ve never heard of?)

I planned on doing my invitations with stamps and then heat embossing them.  Looks great.  It’s easy.  Perfect, right?  But when I started doing trials (and the real thing!), I would have times when the stamped image wouldn’t be complete (missed ink), or it would smudge, or there would be extra ink on one part and not the rest of what I was stamping.  OR I wouldn’t have the stamp lined up quite right and it was off.  Honestly, it was a huge pain the rear (and I went through quite a few invitations cuz I had to throw them out), so I trashed that idea and did something else. 

So my advice is if you do go with a stamp, I wouldn’t stamp directly onto the finished product, I would see if I could “layer” the paper (so you have the actual invitation on the back, then you would stamp onto a separate paper and glue that paper ontop of the invitation).  That way, if you do screw up, you’re throwing out papers, not the invitations that you printed (and worked hard on, if you’re going to be stenciling!)

But that’s just my experience at basically my first DIY.  Maybe I’m just stamp-dumb.

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