Invitation DIY: Constructing the Shell

If you recall my invitation formatting post, construction is where I had the most trouble. We ended up picking something pretty similar to this:


(Invitation via Oh So Beautiful Paper / by Christa Alexandra)

”¦using inspiration from these as well:


(Invitations via Ritzy Bee Blog / by Timeless Paper)

”¦but with a little twist:




For the belly band, we watercolored some large pieces of watercolor paper with our accent color:



We were pretty haphazard with the style, since we were going to punch it anyway. I bought this Martha Stewart punch (with a 50% off coupon from Michaels!):


(Image via Amazon)

This thing was the bane of my existence. We started out with really heavy weight paper—it was painful just to press down the punch once. I think we must have gotten a dud because even when we switched to lighter watercolor paper, the paper kept catching in the punch and blahdy blahdy blah—it took forever.


Pretty though, right?

The green watercolored bit is actually a die-cut my mom already had. We watercolored the green and then punched out a bunch of those using her Sizzix machine—basically a home version of those big die cut machines your elementary school teachers have. It ended up playing nicely as a flap and an easy way to incorporate watercolor. When I get to the inside, you’ll see it mirrors the invitation design too.



Next”¦the inside and the final Gray Wolf invitation reveal!

All photos personal unless otherwise noted.


Mrs. Gray Wolf

Washington DC
Wedding Date:
February 2013
The Do-It-Yourself Itch
A Gorgeous Dress for Gettin' Hitched...
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    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:27 am

    Apparently, you can sharpen a dull puncher by punching into Aluminum foil a few times. I haven’t tried it yet, but apparently it really works :)

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:40 am

    These look great so far– can’t wait to see the inside!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 10:30 am

    @Miss Care Bear: ah yeah we tried that! wax paper supposedly works too, but i think we kinda ruined the punch by trying it on such thick paper.

    @Almost Mrs.P: thank you!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:40 am

    Can’t wait to see the whole thing! These look amazing so far.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:56 pm

    So pretty, I love the watercolor elements!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:19 pm

    your invitations are such a labor of love. so pretty. I can’t wait to see the inside! I’m so excited!

  7. misssparkler Member
    misssparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 1:23 pm

    Love the watercolor, the color scheme, the lined envelopes… all of it.

  8. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:01 pm

    I really like the watercolor effect, and that belly band is too cute I kind of want that punch.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 2:18 pm

    Ooooh… can’t wait to see it all.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:41 pm

    Love the use of watercolor!

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 7:34 am

    I think it’s just that those punches don’t work very well. I tried on for our escord cards and wanted it to go through two sheet of paper, which would up being impossible. Although I changed up the way I used it and figured out how to make it work.

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    Suzanne Willis, Guest @ 7:49 am

    You should have your invitation handpainted on a wine box or memory chest. When my husband gets a wedding invitation from someone, he recreates it onto a wine box or memory chest. It’s a great memorabilia for their wedding. He is creating a really intricate one with chandeliers this next month.

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