This week I’ll be giving you the run down on some special embellishment options you can choose to bling up your invitation! Make your invitation stand out with these materials.
- RIBBON & BOWS
A simple strip of ribbon across an invitation or a tied bow can add elegance and charm to an otherwise flat or standard style invitation. You can buy different thicknesses and types of decorative ribbon including glitter detailing, grosgrain texture, satin and double satin, sheer and patterned. The standard widths of ribbon usually are 2mm, 5mm, 10mm, 15mm, 25mm. A feature paper may be paired with a matching coloured ribbon of a thin thickness, or a thick detailed ribbon might be the feature on its own. Spotlight and craft stores have the most variety of ribbons. You can also buy already tied adhesive bows that you can stick onto your invitations – how easy!
Buckles are beautiful on the right style of invitation and add a glamorous touch of bling. The diamante ones can be more expensive than metal buckles, but if you are planning on a small number of invitations or want to go all out, the diamante ones are by far more eye-catching. They come in different shapes including circles both small and large, squares, rectangles, and even hearts.
These are like split pins, they are used to keep two pieces of paper together, or as a decorative accent for a punched shape. These are especially effective if you are using translucent paper in your invitation design, as this type of paper can be hard to attach with tape so a paper fastener in each corner through the card can look neat and tidy but also add something special. Paper fasteners are available in many shapes and sizes, traditionally used in scrapbooking (known as brads), they are easily found in stores like Spotlight or Lincraft. You can punch shapes out of paper, layer them up and keep them all together with a split pin paper fastener, creating a custom embellishment!
Stick-on jewels are exactly that, they are small plastic jewels with an adhesive backing. They can be used in the centre of flowers on the scrolls of names or in a cluster of three in a corner. These are nice on a black and white invitation to add a small amount of a feature colour. The best ones are from Kaisercraft. They come in pearl shades, bright shades, diamond cuts, smooth, pre-prepared flourishes and shapes.
Flowers can had dimension to an invitation. Pick a colour that matches those chosen in the invitation. I suggest if you are thinking of using 3D flowers like roses or another 3D embellishment that you consider sending your invitations in a box, so that it doesn’t arrive squashed. Boxes cost around $2.50ea and the same to post. Its a stunning idea if you plan on having a small number of guests or are hand-delivering the invitations. See the link to Kaisercraft for some examples.
So I hope that has helped you to realize at least some of the amazing embellishment options out there for invitation making. The best rule is to only choose one or combine ones that wont be competing with each other for the wow factor (EG: 3D Flower with plain satin Ribbon, or Punched Paper shapes with a paper fastener centre, or a beautiful feature paper with some small white stick-on jewels). Think about the balance you are creating with your invitation. You don’t want it to look over the top or crowded, or worse – people don’t know what they are looking at. Next week, we will go on to the first part of Assembly and using your gorgeous chosen materials!