Handmade Wedding Invitations & Save The Dates Ideas

by yana.smakula

With Summer always being a busy Wedding season I couldn’t help but share a few handcrafted wedding items (Wedding Invitations & Save The Dates) I made for my cousin’s wedding that took place this past weekend.

Before getting started on my projects (and I’ll only share a small portion in this blog post not to overwhelm you) I did a bunch or research to better understand what kinds of wedding stationery are there. When my husband and I got married we had more of a small party rather than a full-blown wedding so it was fun for me learn a bit more about the “paper” elements of a traditional wedding.

Altenew - Handmade Wedding Save The Date & Invitation Ideas using stamps and inks

I’m only going to share the front of the Wedding Invitation (which by the way works wonderfully as a Wedding Card to give to the newlyweds on their Wedding Day) and the Save The Dates I made.

Altenew - Handmade Wedding Save The Date & Invitation Ideas using stamps and inks

One of my all time favorite stamp sets from Altenew is Painted Flowers so naturally I reached for that set to create these. I also incorporated Altenew’s Antique Trims – I think they look stunning on Wedding Stationery.

As for the colors, the sky is the limit here. I went with the colors of my cousin’s wedding – Peach and Yellow. I also added a bit of green and a hint of gold to the mix.

Altenew - Handmade Wedding Save The Date & Invitation Ideas using stamps and inks

To stamp the Save The Dates I used Altenew’s From The Desk Of stamp set and heat embossed the sentiment in gold embossing powder. Gold always makes everything pop so using Gold or Silver embossing is always a great option.

For the front of the invitations (the back was printed) I used Calligraphy Alpha stamps and spelled out the names of the bride and groom. This is a tedious process especially when one has to make 50 invitations, but it was absolutely worth it in the end. Plus one can always use a MISTI stamping tool to help mass-produce cards.

Altenew - Handmade Wedding Save The Date & Invitation Ideas using stamps and inks

Instead of regular white cardstock I used Altenew’s White Woodgrain which is my another favorite. I think it always add so much to Clean and Simple cards and makes them pop.

I will be back soon to share more handmade and hand stamped wedding stationery items I created for the wedding.

Lets chat!

I’d love to hear from you, have you ever used stamps or other supplies to make wedding invitations for someone you know? Share below!

 Yana Smakula

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Teresa Currie June 21, 2016 - 09:39

Exquisite invitations and “Save the Date” cards. I love the stamping, embossing and your lovely coloring. Can’t imagine how much time these took, but they were a gift of love. <3

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yana.smakula June 21, 2016 - 10:45

thank you Teresa! Yes, it took me a long time but I had help and it was all worth it in the end :)

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pooja June 21, 2016 - 09:53

Wow..So Exquisite !

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yana.smakula June 21, 2016 - 10:46

thank you!

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Vicki F June 21, 2016 - 10:59

These are stunning, Yana. Can you share the peachy inks you used? I love how the first layers is so soft!

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yana.smakula June 21, 2016 - 11:26

oh absolutely! I should have included that info in the blog post – I used Blush and Perfect Peach mostly and a little bit of Rouge. Although I think I ended up not using the Rouge die cuts.
BTW, Peach colors are identical to those used here https://altenewblog.com/2016/06/07/video-vintage-roses-stamped-pattern/

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Holly Saveur June 21, 2016 - 11:27

LOVE it!!!
So gorgeous…

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yana.smakula June 21, 2016 - 13:40

thank you, Holly!

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Betty June 21, 2016 - 12:50

gorgeous – the painted flowers are my all time favorite stamps from Altenew and just bought the calligraphy stamps and love them too!

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yana.smakula June 21, 2016 - 13:40

thank you, Betty! Yes, these sets are fabulous!

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Taunya Butler June 21, 2016 - 12:54

Yana – to say I am in AWE is a HUGE understatement – this is freaking fantastic and way cool!! The results of your efforts is BEAUTIFUL and GORGEOUS!! Love seeing these and I bet I would just faint with incredulity if these arrived in my mailbox – YOU ARE WONDERFUL!!!

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yana.smakula June 21, 2016 - 14:09

oh my! thank you so much, Taunya! big hugs!

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Debbie G. June 21, 2016 - 14:01

beautiful is an understatement. they are exquisite. did you “fussy cut” all of the shapes or did you have matching dies that I don’t know about? thanks so much for sharing.

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yana.smakula June 21, 2016 - 14:08

thank you, Debbie! I love your choice of words “dies that I don’t know about” – that made me smile :) yes, I used matching dies http://altenew.com/products/painted-flowers-die, they are a game changer!

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3kidmama June 21, 2016 - 16:11

WOW – Yana, once again you have managed to take my breath away! These are stunning and what an amazing gift for your cousin’s wedding ! I’m looking forward to getting to see the other wedding stationery you created for them .

Oh, and thank you for listing the colors you’ve used – I find that so helpful when I shop for ink colors online – it makes it so much easier knowing what Altenew colors play together well! :)

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yana.smakula June 22, 2016 - 09:20

thank you so much!
As for the ink colors, you might want to check this post on my blog http://www.yanasmakula.com/?p=53606 I have a few pre-stamped color combo ideas posted there.

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3kidmama June 22, 2016 - 23:52

Oh thank you, Yana! I’m off to check the suggestions on your link.

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Dolly June 22, 2016 - 05:06

Yana! these invites and save the dates are gorgeous! They look so fresh and royal. Loved your choice of inks and the trim! Super love the cards!

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yana.smakula June 22, 2016 - 09:21

aww! thank you so much, Dolly!

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Leanne S June 22, 2016 - 06:21

Wow!!! These look awesome. Surely the touch of gold adds to the richness. Can’t wait to see the remaining stationery. After some years, I will have to make wedding invitations for my daughter. I better start pinning, starting with you. :)

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yana.smakula June 22, 2016 - 09:21

thank you so much, Leanne! big hugs!

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Jan metcalf June 22, 2016 - 09:38

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Love the gold touches! And I love Painted Flowers too!

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Janet June 26, 2016 - 12:14

*sighing* – these are tremendous Yana!

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