- 8-1/2″x 11″ summer print paper
- 8-1/2″x 11″ green (or other color) textured paper
- 8-1/2″x 11″ white or cream textured paper
- mounting squares
I love making bridal shower invitations but I really love making summer bridal shower invitations! I really like being able to incorporate the images and colors of summer into a beautiful homemade invitation!
This invitation design would work great for a bridal shower being celebrated during the summer with a garden theme.
The olive green and crisp white colors really give the feel of a sunny summer day.
To start off, find a summer print that makes you happy. I was able to find this green and white branch print. Next, choose a coordinating color that goes well with the print paper. I chose a shade of green that was almost the exact color in the print. If you can’t find the exact color, no worries, just find one that you feel works well with the print. It’s okay if it’s a shade lighter or a shade darker. You will also need a crisp white textured paper for your text sheet and base sheet. If a different color, such as cream, works better with your print, then choose that.
To make the invitation, cut your base sheet to a size of 8-1/2″x 5-1/2″, which is an 8-1/2″x 11″ sheet of paper cut in half. To leave a 1/4″ reveal of white, you will need to cut the print paper to a size of 8″x 5″. For the next green layer, you will need to leave an 1-1/4″ reveal on the top and bottom and 1/4″ reveal on the sides, which means that you need to cut the green paper to a size of 5-1/2″x 4-1/2″.
Before you cut the text sheet, you need to come up with a text layout. I always use my print shop program to figure out a layout. Remember to use two different fonts, a cursive for the names and a print for the other info, to keep the invitation interesting. You should be able to fit two invitation text sheets on one paper. Next, cut each text sheet down to a size of 4-1/2″x 5-1/2″. To give the invitation a more casual feel, I decided to use a ripping technique for the edge of the text sheet. This is very easy! Just try to rip as straight of line as possible down each edge of the text sheet. You will want to remove about a 1/4″ off each edge to give you the correct final size for the invitation. Practice a couple times on a different piece of paper until you have it down pat. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect…it’s not supposed to be!
Now, all you have to do is use some mounting squares to adhere all the layers together!
This invitation really doesn’t take much time at all! And it turns out so cute and perfect for summer!