We wanted to kick our launch party invitations up a notch, but didn’t have time (or the funding) to order in supplies, so we decided to add a touch of gold to our hot pink envelopes. Below we’ll show you how easy and fast this process is and give you a few tips so you can learn from our mistakes.

A few tips for planning your invitation.

1. Go with the pointy flap envelopes. They might be a little bit extra but, in our opinion, are worth it. Flat flap envelopes say Christmas card, pointy flap envelopes say par-TAY!

2. Always order extra envelopes, especially if you are altering them in some way, like adding gold tips. 20% extra is a good rule of thumb.

3. Hold back five completed copies for yourself: One for your scrapbook, one for your mother, two for the wedding photographer to shoot and one in case you loose any of the previously mentioned.

Our invitation was pretty simple, in that it contained one flat card that was only printed on one side. This kept the cost down on producing and mailing the invitations. The hardest part was punching out our own confetti using a large circle punch and colored tissue paper.

Adding a gold tip to your envelopes

You’ll need: Newspaper, envelopes, rubber glove, gold spray paint

1. Lay down newspaper in a well ventilated area. 2. Place one envelope in the middle of the newspaper and a second envelope flat on top of the first, leaving 1/4 inch exposed. 3. With your gloved hand, press the two envelopes down so they don’t move. With your other hand, spray a light coat of gold over the exposed bottom envelope.

4. If needed, add a second light coat. 5. Repeat for every envelope, using the same top envelope as a shield each time. If the top envelope gets too wet, use a new one to avoid smuding. 6. Line envelopes to dry for 20 minutes (though it’s a good idea to air them out for a couple days to aviod having your invitations smell like spray paint fumes).

Variation: Use glitter spray paint instead of gold spray paint. The results are fun, and definately not something you can buy at the store. Caution: Glitter spray paint gets messy fast. We ended up with more glitter on the newspaper than we did on the envelopes.


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