Vistaprint STDs with a Little Something Extra…

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!

All photos personal

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!

Personal photo

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?!

BLOGGER

Mrs. Eagle

Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Wedding Date:
August 2012

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    Mrs. Parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:29 pm

    Love these! They are so adorable! Vistaprint can be the best. :)

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    Mrs. Eagle 2166 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:39 pm

    I’m quite happy with how it all turned out. Miss Eagle is amaaaaaazing!
    But she can’t take alllllllll the credit… A small portion goes to me… she used my finger to help tie the bows, after all ;)

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    Amanda88 27 posts, Newbee @ 12:41 pm

    Whoops! Forgot to log Miss Eagle off of our home computer.
    The above comment was me. Sorry!

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    Wildhuney, Guest @ 3:16 pm

    They look BEAUTIFUL

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    Mrs. Porcupine 633 posts, Busy bee @ 6:50 pm

    So pretty! Love them, and I love what you did with your fridge! haha. I am still trying to fig out what to do with all these freakin’ extra “business card” hotel info thingers I got made up.

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    Mrs. Kettle 926 posts, Busy bee @ 12:43 am

    Those are amazingly beautiful! I knew they’d turn out great. I love that people didn’t even want to open them. Can’t wait to see what you do with your invites!

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    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 6:31 am

    It is too pretty to open!!! And too pretty to ever throw away!!!! I’m so excited you got 100 magnets instead of 50

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    Camelia, Guest @ 9:54 pm

    Miss Eagle! Would you consider designing save the dates once your wedding is over? I am so design-inept that I will seriously pay for one of your designs!

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    dhaskett 48 posts, Newbee @ 12:16 pm

    I love love loved these STDs Miss.Eagle!
    I have kept the envelope, card and magnet all together!
    Thanks you for the wonderful STD and I am looking forward to the big day.
    Also, I love your posts on here. Keep it up!

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    ladyartichoke 3426 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:05 am

    You won’t forget with all those magnets on your fridge!! They’re really lovely.

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