Elegant handmade wedding invitations Making these contemporary layered or wrapped cards is inexpensive and fun Wedding invitation No. 1: The layered look This invite has 3 layers—a sheet of printed vellum; a small, rubber-stamped card; and a large colored card. The vellum is attached to the cards with metal eyelets. It costs about $100 to make 50. You'll need:Rubber stampColored stamp pad50 3½- by 4 7⁄8-inch white flat cards50 4½- by 6¼-inch colored flat cardsMini Glue Dots25 8½- by 11-inch sheets of clear vellum suitable for printingCraft knife, metal ruler, and cutting mat1⁄8-inch hole punchEyelet starter kitHammer Pinterest Wedding invitation No. 1: The layered look 1. Press rubber stamp evenly onto stamp pad, then stamp the small white card. This piece will lie between the back card and the printed vellum. (Practice positioning on scrap paper first.) Let small card dry, then center and secure it to large colored card with one Glue Dot under each corner.Stamp pads are available in pigment and dye styles. Pigment pads produce a printed-looking stamp, and dye pads create more of a watercolor look.A good online source for rubber stamps is Stamp Francisco (360/210-4031). Wedding invitation No. 1: The layered look Whether eloquent and expressive or short and sweet, your text should convey the mood of the wedding as well as the pertinent details.Once you’ve decided what to say, type it into a word-processing program and play with different fonts, sizes, and spacing to get the right look. Remember to leave space for any stamped design that will show through from the middle card.Print or photocopy your invitation text horizontally on the vellum (you can print two on one sheet of vellum).If you don’t have a computer or a high-quality printer, take your text and paper to a copy shop. Wedding invitation No. 1: The layered look 3. On the cutting mat, with the metal ruler as a guide, use the craft knife to cut out text by trimming vellum into two 4½- by 6¼-inch pieces.4. Center the vellum on the card, then use the hole punch to create one hole at the top and one at the bottom.5. Push an eyelet through the top hole, then turn the card over. Put the setting tool into the back of the eyelet and tap lightly with hammer to secure (three taps should be sufficient). Repeat this step at bottom of card.6. Slip your layered cards into 4¾- by 6½-inch envelopes (about $15 for 50). Wedding invitation No. 2: The wrap This technique dresses up a standard card with a decorative paper cuff and ribbon. It costs about $110 to make 50. You'll need:50 3½- by 4 7⁄8-inch colored flat cards50 5- by 7-inch flat cards in a contrasting or complementary colorMini (thin) Glue Dots (available at craft stores)Craft knife, metal ruler, and cutting mat17 8½- by 11-inch sheets of colored paperScissors21 yards of ribbon Wedding invitation No. 2: The wrap 1. Print or photocopy your text onto the small card. Consider centering the main text so that it will be obscured by the belly wrap, as shown. To accomplish this, experiment with the line spacing of the text and the width of the wrap.2. Center small card on large card and secure it with one mini Glue Dot under each corner.3. On the cutting mat, with the metal ruler as a guide, use a craft knife or paper cutter to slice colored paper into fifty 2½- by 10-inch strips.4. To form a belly wrap, fold one strip of paper around each invitation and secure strip to itself with two Glue Dots. Wedding invitation No. 2: The wrap 5. Use scissors to cut ribbon into 50 15-inch pieces, then center and tie one ribbon around each wrap.Insert into 5¼- by 7¼-inch envelopes (about $18 for 50). Wedding invitation No. 2: The wrap Before putting together your invitations, print and cut pieces and set them out as on an assembly line. Ask friends to help; teamwork makes the work fun.Address the envelopes before stuffing them. Then insert your invitation into the envelope with the text facing the flap side.To create a reply card, buy 50 postcard-size flat cards in a coordinating color (about $7 for 50). Print your RSVP information on one side and your return address on the other.Slip your reply card and any additional wedding information (such as a map and directions) behind the invitation.Take completed invites to your post office and have them weighed to ensure correct postage. Visit www.usps.gov to look up zip codes and rates.