Found 21st Jan 2010
My partner and I are due to get married at the end of april, and she wants to do the invites herself.
Can anyone give some useful advice on how to do it best for free.
She has already made an attempt, and on screen it looked ok but when printed (onto one half of A4 card) it looked quite poor, text and border she chose seemed to have been stretched to fit and ended up looking not as good as hoped and the text wasnt smooth.

Help please

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wont all that be on your print/printer settings, i know mine are, like dont stretch to fit page, and has about 6 settins for ink, like pictures, cards, drafts etc,etc

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sassie;7613285

wont all that be on your print/printer settings, i know mine are, like … wont all that be on your print/printer settings, i know mine are, like dont stretch to fit page, and has about 6 settins for ink, like pictures, cards, drafts etc,etc



tried all that, didnt really help. i think the border she got (from a google search) was fairly small so had to be stretched to fit.

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well tell her to find another border - lol

I did my own and they looked quite nice, used a programme called Print Shop, a template of a quarterfold card and a simple design with 3 flowers. I printed onto Ivory card and added and insert on Ivory paper with the text inside, I used quite thin burgundy cord to tie the 2 together.
Sorry it's hard to describe, but it looked good!

Any image you have to stretch is going to look crap when you print it out.
As Sassie says, get another one.

We, well, the missus has done ours all from scratch.

Has saved us a fortune and they look great.

Everyone commented on how professional they looked.

Will get her to post later on what she did, used etc etc

I think to make it work you have to either use photoshop or similar, or use templates.

confetti.co.uk/art….do
have ideas.

or.. You can buy card making software quite reasonably like the Greenstreet products.

There's an old wedding thread which may prove useful.
hotukdeals.com/ite…252

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snuggle_monkey;7613300

I did my own and they looked quite nice, used a programme called Print … I did my own and they looked quite nice, used a programme called Print Shop, a template of a quarterfold card and a simple design with 3 flowers. I printed onto Ivory card and added and insert on Ivory paper with the text inside, I used quite thin burgundy cord to tie the 2 together.Sorry it's hard to describe, but it looked good!



Print Shop, is that free by any chance?

sassie;7613297

well tell her to find another border - lol



lol. i said that.

smithyp1;7613317

We, well, the missus has done ours all from scratch.Has saved us a … We, well, the missus has done ours all from scratch.Has saved us a fortune and they look great.Everyone commented on how professional they looked.Will get her to post later on what she did, used etc etc



Thanks

Hi, we made all of our invitations. We searched the internet for designs that we liked and once we had found one we basically bought what we needed to get it looking as close to that as we could! We bought some good quality card and coloured paper (to match our theme) from the paper mill so wasn't too expensive. Got some pretty embelishments from Hobby Craft and some stamps from there also. We just printed the inserts onto the coloured paper and then stuck them into the card. I think we spent around £60 altogether and we made 200 invitations.

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black gerbil1;7613459

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id happily just text or email everyone, but she (being a woman(obviously)) needs to send nice printed bits of card to everyone

shanecr;7613474

id happily just text or email everyone, but she (being a … id happily just text or email everyone, but she (being a woman(obviously)) needs to send nice printed bits of card to everyone



It is important to the woman that everything is perfect :thumbsup: We made our own order of services too, my husband forgot to put anything in half of them but the thought was there!

shanecr;7613474

id happily just text or email everyone, but she (being a … id happily just text or email everyone, but she (being a woman(obviously)) needs to send nice printed bits of card to everyone



I use photoshop elements (free 30 day trial) and then publisher to set it out on a page for print. Complicated but I can do it. I am sure someone on here will do it for you if you ask nicely!! But printing is the issue. What I would do is go down to tesco and buy the invite kit, which is basically 50 cards and envolopes. Then print your design on a 6x4 photo paper and stick it on, will look nice and avoid all the messing about trying to get it on the page right.

Sorry, I bought the software. We set up a page on a brilliant site theknot.com/
Just had a quick look and you can search for DIY invitations, there are loads of photo's and ideas on there.

black gerbil1;7613459

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+1 used for mine

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mummylace;7613500

It is important to the woman that everything is perfect :thumbsup: We … It is important to the woman that everything is perfect :thumbsup: We made our own order of services too, my husband forgot to put anything in half of them but the thought was there!



Order of service? :?

aircanman;7613531

I use photoshop elements (free 30 day trial) and then publisher to set it … I use photoshop elements (free 30 day trial) and then publisher to set it out on a page for print. Complicated but I can do it. I am sure someone on here will do it for you if you ask nicely!! But printing is the issue. What I would do is go down to tesco and buy the invite kit, which is basically 50 cards and envolopes. Then print your design on a 6x4 photo paper and stick it on, will look nice and avoid all the messing about trying to get it on the page right.



She has bought some nice pearl effect card she wants to use. But not sure what gets printed on what now and where it goes lol. Got plenty photo paper too. So print design onto the photo paper and then stick that onto the card?

snuggle_monkey;7613549

Sorry, I bought the software. We set up a page on a brilliant site … Sorry, I bought the software. We set up a page on a brilliant site http://www.theknot.com/ Just had a quick look and you can search for DIY invitations, there are loads of photo's and ideas on there.



i'll have a look thanks

Depends if you are having a church wedding, we did so we needed an order of service

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mummylace;7613813

Depends if you are having a church wedding, we did so we needed an order … Depends if you are having a church wedding, we did so we needed an order of service



Ah no, no church for us.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f0/Old-gala-house-by-night.jpg/350px-Old-gala-house-by-night.jpg

Photoshop and Publisher

my auntie does some lovely ones and costs next too nowt. it really depends on what designs etc you like and how many your inviting.

I have some nice print your own invitations from M&S. I got them in the sale after Christmas for about £3. If you want to do everything from scratch, you could copy their design quite easily - they open out from the centre(basically a piece of card folded in from the left and right to meet in the centre) and have a piece of white paper (which you print onto) which is revealed upon opening (stuck to the card with a small round clear sticker). To make them look pretty they then have a ribbon that you tie around the centre when they are closed, with a little bow at the front.

shanecr;7613690

She has bought some nice pearl effect card she wants to use. But not sure … She has bought some nice pearl effect card she wants to use. But not sure what gets printed on what now and where it goes lol. Got plenty photo paper too. So print design onto the photo paper and then stick that onto the card?



Ok, you will find some posh papers from the likes of paper shop and paperchase etc are not inkjet printable. And will end up smudging when you print onto them. Its best if you like a certain kind of paper to make sure you either choose it wisely, making sure it has a smooth inkjet printable surface, or you use a piece of white or cream etc inkjet paper for the design, then stick it on.

Publisher and photoshop is the way forward, and I think you can get 100% usable demos of both.

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aircanman;7617128

Ok, you will find some posh papers from the likes of paper shop and … Ok, you will find some posh papers from the likes of paper shop and paperchase etc are not inkjet printable. And will end up smudging when you print onto them. Its best if you like a certain kind of paper to make sure you either choose it wisely, making sure it has a smooth inkjet printable surface, or you use a piece of white or cream etc inkjet paper for the design, then stick it on. Publisher and photoshop is the way forward, and I think you can get 100% usable demos of both.



i've seen 30 day trials for photoshop. you are right about choosing paper, found that out lol. the card doesnt print too well.
Thanks for the info :thumbsup:

shanecr;7618738

i've seen 30 day trials for photoshop. you are right about choosing … i've seen 30 day trials for photoshop. you are right about choosing paper, found that out lol. the card doesnt print too well. Thanks for the info :thumbsup:



A lot of hand made wedding invites are created using a printable paper stuck onto a normal card, and they look cool. If you have a range store near you they have all of the bits you need. Also a shop called the paper shop.
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