- 8-1/2″x 11″ chocolate cardstock
- 8-1/2″x 11″ white textured cardstock
- 7/8″ wide seafoam satin double-sided ribbon (I found this ribbon at Hobby Lobby stores)
- mounting squares
- size A7 envelopes
I just love the color combinations in this homemade bridal shower invitation! I love the way this beautiful deep chocolate brown is accented by the light seafoam green and a crisp white!
You can tell I like to use this color palette because it’s evident on the layout of my website and actually I used this same color scheme in my home! My family room is a deep chocolate accented with a 5′ tall crisp white wainscoting, my kitchen is a little lighter variation of the chocolate brown and my dining room is a beautiful light seafoam accented by white trimwork and a deep cherry table and chairs…you can relate to and gain inspiration for invitation colors from anywhere, including your home!
This invitation design would also be great for a baby shower invitation! It would work great for either a boy or girl, or even if you don’t know the gender.
To make this invitation, begin by using your paper cutter and cutting the chocolate cardstock to a size of 5″x 7″. I generally make my invitations a size of 5-1/2″x 8-1/2″ but I decided to go a little smaller on this one because this ribbon was a little pricey and I wanted to spare as much as possible, even if it is was only 2-3″!
Next, you will need to create a text layout. I usually use my printshop program, but I wanted to try something different and use my Word program instead. It actually seemed to work great! Much better than I thought it would!
I created two columns on a horizontal page layout. I then changed the margins to a 3-1/2″ top margin and a 0.3″ bottom margin to accommodate the size of the invitation. I also changed the sizes of the left and right margins to fit my layout.
I used this beautiful cursive font and a dark brown ink for the text, but highlighted the name by using a seafoam color ink and enlarging the font size. I also used a left alignment for the text. I used this saying for the beginning of the invitation…
“Like a sudden rain on a garden of flowers,
We want to shower the bride with expressions of love and good wishes…
Please join us for a bridal shower in honor of
To add a whimsical touch, I used this beautiful flourish clipart at the top of the invitation and lighten the original black color.
Before the final printing, I test printed on an inexpensive printer paper to see if the text location was correct. I moved a couple things, reprinted and decided it was good, so I printed it out on my good white cardstock.
Using my paper cutter, I cut the text sheet down to a size of 4-13/16″x 6-13/16″. I wanted a reveal slightly smaller than 1/8″ all around the invite, so that’s why it’s cut to such an odd size.
The next step is to add the ribbon. Cut the ribbon to a length of about 8 or 8-1/2″. Place it near the left side, leaving a 1/4″ reveal of white on the left. Tape it to the cardstock on the backside on both ends. You may also need to place a mounting square under the ribbon on the front in the center and on each end.
Now, just attach the white cardstock to the chocolate cardstock using scrapbook mounting squares.
And that’s all! I love how simple this invitation is to make and how beautiful it turns out!
And, remember…I can make this invitation for you for the bridal shower you’re hosting!! If you don’t have time to do it yourself, then just email me and I’ll do it for you!! I will email you back with a price and a delivery date and that’s it! It’s so easy!
I look forward to hearing from you!