As I said in my last post, I wasn’t about to pay over $300 for 50 letterpress STDs—as much as my paper-loving self was dying to.
I used the magical Adobe Illustrator CS5 to design a basic floral and lace STD, using free vector graphics found online. GASP—we didn’t use any e-photos! There is a huge trend goin’ on right now that STDs must contain a very cute engagement-shoot photo. We aren’t taking our engagement photos until much, much closer to the wedding—so we were a bit SOL on that one. We liked the basic non-photo design better anyhow! My favourite part is the back (ha!):
Personal photos from Illustrator design
From Vistaprint, we ordered 50 linen-finish cards with the cute back image, and then we also ordered 50 of their magnets in the same A2 size. As I said in my last post, I really wanted to jazz these babies up. I decided that I would purchase some shimmer envelopes from Envelopes.com. We ordered these. I also made an envelope liner out of some basic gold floral wrapping paper.
I also really wanted vintage stamps. My grandpa was a stamp collector, so I knew where to get them—other stamp collectors! I Googled the philatelic society for my city and found a few old-guy stamp collectors who sold me hundreds of vintage stamps for either face value or below face value. That means I actually saved money buying vintage stamps. (I’m going to use the giant leftover pile I have for invitations, too).
And last but not least, I decided that I would get a calligraphy dip pen and some ink, and write the addresses out myself. We also added a wax seal on the back; we purchased some faux sealing wax in “antique rose” and a basic heart stamp. We tied up the card and the magnet like a present with a ribbon and popped it into the envelope.
I promise to post some DIY tutorials in the future—but this project is pretty much nine very simple DIY projects in one, so I shall just leave you with photos.
Here are our STDs!
Our guests loved them! I kept getting the comment that they were “too pretty to open,” which actually upset me a little. In my bridal brain, I imagined everyone putting the magnet up on the fridge to hold the envelope (oh, my naivety!). My own mother didn’t even open the STD until I hounded her to do it! I’m glad our guests liked them as much as I hoped they would. I worked on these in steps over about three months, and finally sent them out in October 2011.
And just for fun, since Vistaprint ended up sending us 100 instead of 50 magnets, yes, our fridge does look like this!
Did you put a lot of time into your STDs? Were your STDs nine DIY projects in one like ours were? Would you open our STD?!
- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Medical Sciences Graduate Student / Science Instructor
- Wedding Date:
- August 2012
- Historic Lougheed House