Invitation DIY: Envelope and Liner

Hive, my invites are DONE and SENT. I can’t tell you how relieved I am about this. Paper is up there on the “list of things I really care about” so I think I put a lot of pressure on myself for the invitations—and this turned out to be a DIY doozie. Apologies in advance, but I’m splitting up my posts about them because there were a lot of mini projects involved with getting them out the door. Roughly, there’s three overall components to the final product:

  • the envelope and liner
  • the invitation format
  • wording and design

I’ll start with the outer shell. I ordered envelopes in a creamy color—I toyed with doing grey envelopes and printing addresses in white, but I wasn’t confident that it would work and I definitely wanted to print on them to keep the fonts standard.

I also wanted to incorporate some watercolor, a la this:


(Envelope via Elizabeth Anne Designs / by Jordan Ferney)

Alas, when we tried to watercolor the envelopes, it was way too wet”¦we were accidentally sealing my envelopes! I think if I’d gotten nicer envelopes, it would have been okay. But, my mom suggested we try chalking to get a similar effect:


Basically I took what was like a thimble with a foam end (top left of photo) and placed a ripped piece of cardstock on the envelope. Then, I just traced down the paper with some gray chalk.


Cool right? I was kind of worried that it would smudge the printer, but it turned out fine.

After the chalking, I ran the envelopes (these plus my RSVP envelopes) through the printer. I know I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but printing on envelopes is a pain in the ass. I used this tutorial to figure out how to do the mail merge stuff, and then this one was most helpful for the actual printing. With the chalking and the DC stamps (half of which I used on my save the dates), I think they turned out pretty nice:


I ended up having to add a 20 cent stamp on these. Stupid square envelopes.



On the inside, I did a liner using this map paper:



(Paper via Paper Source / by Cavallini)

I originally wanted to copy Mrs. Treasure and do a skyline, but DC’s landmarks aren’t really conducive to a single photo and I couldn’t find one I liked. I figured a map would be easy and also sort of bring the travel stuff in.


Mom cutting through Europe. Merciless.


If I did it again, I’d pick an envelope that would highlight a liner better, but I still think the effect is cool.

Next”¦the construction!


Mrs. Gray Wolf

Washington DC
Wedding Date:
February 2013
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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 10:58 am

    I’m jealous of your creativity and talent. These look amazing!! 😀

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:00 am

    I love those, nice work!! Vintage maps are so dreamy. Envelope printing wasn’t fun, I should’ve kept track of how much time I clocked printing those out. It’s such a relief to get the invites in the mail and be done with it.

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    MinnesotanInDC 59 posts, Worker bee @ 11:06 am

    I love these! Especially the stamps, I used the same ones! I bought them way before I had any ideas about my invitations just so I would have them before they were discontinued!

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    Schneewittli 56 posts, Worker bee @ 11:28 am

    I looove the liners!! We’ve been toying around with the idea of using vintage maps as well and this certainly pushes me to do so…Do you have more pictures of different envelopes by any chance?

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    Rnbwznpuppies, Guest @ 11:32 am

    How did you get your stamps so perfect!! I used the same ones (got the last remaining pages at the post office) but had such trouble keeping them as beautiful as yours!

    Then again, I’m not a perfectionist and I often work way too fast. :)

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    Martha, Guest @ 11:33 am

    Everything looks great! Love it and the details. Could you tell us what font you used for the envelopes?

    Thanks so much!!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:38 am

    @Rnbwznpuppies: it did take awhile to match them up – for some i tried to peel them off together and that worked sometimes too! believe me, not all of them are perfect…

    @Martha: absolutely! its called “nelly script” by the tart workshop. you can get it here – – it’s expensive for a font, but i’ve made it sort of the centerpiece of all my paper because i love it so much.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 1:12 pm

    I love these! The watercolour effect is so cool.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:17 pm

    Love everything about your envelopes, can’t wait to see the other pieces!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:56 pm

    I love the stripe. I never would have guessed chalk would work so well. You didn’t have any problems with it rubbing off?

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 4:09 pm

    Oooh, very nice!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 4:13 pm

    These are awesome!! So you used chalk on a sponge and just dragged it along the edge of a “stencil” that you created? Did you smudge it after that to get the gradient effect or did it naturally turn out that way?

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 8:05 am

    These are gorgeous! Love the work you put into your envelopes!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:40 pm

    I *love* this chalking technique you used! Did the sponge come as part of a kit with the chalk? The effect is beautiful!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 1:25 pm

    @Miss Panda: surprisingly, no – i think because it wasn’t caked on it actually stayed pretty well. people commented on it when they got the invite too so it survived the mail enough to be worth it!

    @Miss Camel: just naturally turned out that way. i basically took the ripped piece of paper and smudged away from it – so instead of running the sponge down the stencil, i did mini perpendicular strokes along its length, if that makes sense.

    @Mrs. Tartlet: luckily my mom already had all the stuff, but i think they’re sold separately. the pastels are these + “spong daubers”

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