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 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?!


Mrs. Eagle

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Wedding Date:
August 2012
Abundance Charity
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    littleprettyliz 358 posts, Helper bee @ 7:48 am

    I ordered our STD’s from Vista Print too. I scored a groupon type deal and got 80 of them for like $30. What a deal and they turned out beautiful! We are also using Vista Print for our formal invitations. I can’t justify spending tons of money on things people will throw out. Who actually holds onto wedding invitations or STDs. Think about it!

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    futuremrsloveday 518 posts, Busy bee @ 7:51 am

    Those are really pretty!

  3. ticket Member
    ticket 501 posts, Busy bee @ 8:00 am

    Love them! I’m sorry to say I wouldn’t have wanted to open the envelope either, they are gorgeous! Really fantastic Save the Dates!

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    elk 320 posts, Helper bee @ 8:12 am

    those look amazing! So impressed with your calligraphy skills and the faux wax seals.

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    redheadem 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:27 am

    Ohh pretty!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:35 am

    Beautiful job! The turned out great!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:48 am

    These are gorgeous, Eagle!!! I’m so in love.. you did up the envelopes incredibly and I’m so impressed with your design skills. Love all the magnets on the fridge. 😉

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    KYbride86 307 posts, Helper bee @ 9:02 am

    Those look great — I would definitely open them!

    OUr STDs didn’t have our picture on them either. We also didn’t take our e-pics until later, and I also wasn’t sure how I felt about sending people a magnet with my face on it to put in their fridge. Felt a little presumptuous, but I love getting STDs with people’s pictures on them, so I don’t know why I felt that way!

    We also have WAY too many STDs! I came home one day and my fiance had stuck them all over the washing machine!

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    TinyTina 3312 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:16 am

    Wow these came out great!! We have multi-step STDs too… but not nearly as detailed as yours… I love them!

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    Great Gatsby 136 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:31 am

    Thanks for these great tips! Vintage stamps, sealing wax… The best part is that you’re in Canada (I’m a Vancouverite), so I know that I can find these things myself and they will ship to Canada!
    Not gonna lie, I just spent about 20 minutes on the wax seal website :-) your STDs look great!!!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:46 am

    These are gorgeous! Wonderful job Miss Eagle!

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:49 am

    That envelope is so lovely!! And I love your fridge, just awesome :)

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    mole 1242 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:52 am

    Haha I love your fridge! Great job on the save-the-dates.

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    Haley, Guest @ 10:59 am

    We designed our own save the dates too AND we used vistprint magnets for the final design. So lovely and affordable! We’re also using the vintage stamp assortments but for our invitations instead. You are a lady after my own heart, Eagle!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:18 am

    @littleprettyliz: I totally agree – no one will keep them! VP is a steal. @futuremrsloveday: Thank you! :) @Mrs. Ticket: Thanks so much Mrs Ticket :) @Miss Elk: The faux wax wasn’t too hard and the calligraphy is pretty much just my handwriting. I need to practice an actual “style” of calligraphy before the invites! @redheadem: Thank you! :)
    @Miss Hawk: Thanks Hawk! :)

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    ddavila2001 611 posts, Busy bee @ 11:18 am

    Maybe I’m in the minority, but I SO prefer a traditional save the date as opposed to these ones with photos of the couple, which I find a little odd, maybe too self serving? That’s just me! Yours turned out LOVELY and I think adding the vintage stamps was a fantastic idea, really unique. Vista print kicks ass! I just got 100 free holiday postcards from them- I uploaded our own design and they came out fantastic!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:21 am

    @Miss Fox: My design skills are not great – I only know how to use Illustrator because I use it to make figures for academic publications. I’m no graphic designer! *yet*
    @KYbride86:Haha I love the washing machine comment! Funny.
    @TinyTina: Thanks girl! I’m sure yours are just as multi step and you’re just being modest 😛
    @Great Gatsby: The wax seal people were great. I’d recommend them a hundred times over!
    @Mrs. Pony: Thank you! <3
    @Miss Honey: Thanks! I love the envelope too. @Miss Mole: Thanks Miss Mole! The fridge is getting annoying though, haha. I may remove them.
    @Haley: Aw! I’m so glad that you liked them. The vintage stamps are a great way to save money actually. (although I did buy more than I’ll need I think, haha).

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:22 am

    @ddavila2001: Awesome! I love the personal designs being printed thru VP. Their templates are great too, though. I think the photo STDs are great, but they weren’t for us. We wanted something a little more traditional too, since our families were like “Save the whata?” – they’d never received one before.

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    opossum 84 posts, Worker bee @ 11:40 am


    I designed our STDs… but they were way less detailed (because I have zero patience).

  20. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:49 am

    @Miss Opossum: Thanks! I’m sure yours were just as detailed. And I wish I didn’t have so much patience. My “simple DIY” projects turn into full on crafting wars and end up being an outlet for my OCD tendencies, haha.

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:29 pm

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

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble 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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    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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    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 44 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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