If you’re going to make an invitation, then one of the first things you need to think about is what kind of paper to use.
If you are making a layered invitation, then it’s a good idea to have your base layer a cardstock paper. I like to use cardstock because it’s very sturdy and works great as a backer. Not only is the quality good, but cardstock usually comes in lots of different colors that you can coordinate with a patterned paper or other cardstock. I also use cardstock as my text layer. It accepts ink well and helps your text really stand out.
Along with cardstock, I also like to use patterned scrapbook paper, as I just mentioned. You can usually find any patterned paper to fit the theme of any party. With hundreds to choose from at stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, and basically millions to choose from on internet sites, you definitely shouldn’t have a problem finding the perfect paper. For most of my invitations that I use a patterned paper for, I like to choose a subtle pattern rather that something that is distint or very bold. And, for an invitation for let’s say a Christmas party, I would use a pattern paper that has very subtle snowflakes, or just a couple different solid color cardstocks. I would rather not use a paper that actually has Christmas trees or snowmen on it, mostly because it is a little too bold, and can sometimes look tacky.
Not only are cardstock and patterned scrapbook paper great papers to use, but I also like to use translucent paper. It is a great paper to use as an overlay with either a name monogram on it for a bridal shower, or a number for a birthday party. I just made a birthday invitation for my daughter and printed a number 9 on the translucent paper because she’s turning 9. Look at the blog from June 1st to see that invitation. Translucent papers come with different finishes too. Some of them have a shiny finish, some of them have confetti intermixed in the paper, and some have a patterned finish. Whichever you decide, translucent paper will definitely help your invitation stand out from the rest.
Hopefully these little tidbits about different types of paper will help you in creating the perfect invitation!