The first “Oh My! Monday” featured invitation is this great homemade house-warming invitation. It resembles the look of a cork-board with post-it notes…isn’t it so cute and clever!
Remember, since it’s an “Oh My” invitation that means that it’s a little more challenging to make than our normal Easy Made Invitations. But, as long as you follow the steps below, you should have no problem making it!
Just think of all the “Oh My” ‘s you’re going to get when you send these out!
- 8-1/2″x 11″ cork-board print paper
- 8-1/2″x 11″ textured orange cardstock
- 8-1/2″x 11″ yellow construction paper or lightweight paper
- mounting squares
- size A9 envelopes
This invitation takes a little longer to make than the usual homemade invitations I make, but the end result is well worth it!
To start, cut your cork-board print paper to a size of 8-1/2″x 5-1/2″. This will be the overall size of the invitation. You will also get two invitations per one sheet of paper. I found my cork-board paper at Hobby Lobby, but I’m sure it’s available at other stores or websites!
I like to cut out all the paper I can to help make assembling the invitations go faster.
Next, cut the orange cardstock to a size of 8-1/2″x 5-1/2″. The next step is going to take a little longer…cutting out the inside of the ‘frame’. Flip the cardstock to the side that will not be seen. This only matters if you’re using a textured cardstock, otherwise you can use either side. Measure in 3/4″ around the entire paper and mark it off so you can cut out the center. Using an exacto knife and a metal edge ruler, cut along the guideline you’ve made. You can also use a pair of scissors, which takes longer.
Once you have all the ‘frames’ cut out, the next step is to add a little dimension and realism to them. You could just leave the frame as is, but I wanted mine to look a little more realistic and like a rustic wood frame. So, using a pencil, I drew on a not-perfect border around the inside and outside of the frame. Then I drew what would be the angled corners. Next, I drew some lines down each side of the frame to look like wood-grain. I drew some of the lines a little heavier than others to help add dimension.
Attach each frame to each cork-board paper using scrapbook mounting squares.
The next step is to make some post-it notes. Using a printshop program or wordprocessing program, begin to create a text layout. This is a little trickier because you will need to cut out each post-it note text so you have a few different ones. This means you need to keep the text separate on the layout. Be sure to include all the necessary information on all the notes! Make it fun…try to add things that may really get jotted down on a post-it note! I also used a font called Bradley Hand because I wanted it to look handwritten. Once you get some post-it note layouts, print it out on a text paper. Each post-it note should measure no larger than 2-1/4″ wide by 1-1/2″ tall, so be sure that each fits that size. If they don’t, either create more lines in the text or change your font size to a smaller size.
Once you have a good layout that you know will work, print it on your good yellow paper. Don’t use cardstock for this because it is too thick and really doesn’t resemble post-it notes. After it’s printed, cut each note to a size of 2-1/4″x 1-1/2″.
Now, place two mounting squares just on the top of each post-it note. Arrange them how you like on the invitation. Give each one a slight curl on the bottom to add dimension and realism.
Isn’t it so cute! I just love how it turned out! And it wasn’t that hard, right??
Let me know what you think!