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Photo by Savanah Loftus Photography

— Hannah’s Story —

We wanted our destination wedding to be full of color. We chose rich jewel tones and watercolor for a theme to be carried entirely throughout our wedding. The invitations were the first introduction to our wedding for our guests and we wanted them to speak to the location with colorful watercolor textures and create a fun vibe through wording and typography.

Photo by Savanah Loftus Photography

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1.) I designed the invitations on my computer and printed them on a lush linen paper that would hold the watercolor without rolling.

2.) I hand watercolored each piece of each invitation.

3.) Trimmed and cut the inserts

4.) Upon drying, I used a glue stick to adhere the main invitation to the pocket and the extra cards were placed in to the pocket folder.

* Give yourself plenty of time and keep in mind that invitations are the first glimpse into your wedding day. They should represent the vibe you are trying to portray.

* Also, don’t forget to save a finished set and bring with you on your wedding day. The photos are great and really tell your wedding planning story from start to finish.

Photos by Savanah Loftus Photography


Congratulations, Hannah & Edwin!

Thank you for sharing your DIY Story with us!


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 At Cards & Pockets, we love DIYers.  We also know that one of the best ways to be inspired is to see and learn about other people’s experiences.  We’re excited to share stories of our customers unique DIY invitation process.

Do you have a unique DIY story for your invitations?  We would love to hear more about it. Simply visit our “My DIY Story” entry page and fill out the submission form and you could be selected for our next featured story!

Be an inspiration, share your story today!

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— Nicola —

Just after our engagement I started looking on Pinterest for ideas on how to do our wedding invitations. I always knew that I wanted DIY invitations and not ready-made invitations. First I really fell in love with all of the rustic style invitations, but then we found the perfect location – an old private castle with its own church. So then I changed my opinion and started to design romantic invitations. Because my fiancé and I both really like jade green, and I fell in love with the combination of jade and soft rose, we chose those as our colors.

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  • Fonts + Floral Design Elements, (from Etsy and Creative Market)
  • Address Stamp
  • Wax Seal Stamp
  • Embossing Powder, Ink Pad, & Tool
  • Permanent Glue (see ours here)
  • Glue Dots (see ours here)

1.) First I ordered the A7 Signature Mock-Up Kit sample to choose from the different colors. Then I ordered all of my materials. The envelope liners were printed by Cards and Pockets and mounted by their service (totally worth the price!).

2.) The printing of our invitations were done by our local printshop in town (Germany), but without the word “invitation” and without our names on it, because I planned to emboss these three words. 

3.) I started embossing by stamping one invitation after another: stamp, put powder on it, put spare powder away, blow dry the whole invitation with embossing tool.

4.) Mount invitations to the invitation mat with permanent glue stick.

5.) Then I put the five little information cards into the pocket

6.) Next step was putting the belly band around the invitation with two glue dots.

7.) Last step: sealing the envelopes with our monogramme seal stamp.

Take your time and be sure that you like your design before starting!


Congratulations, Nicola & Benno!

Thank you for sharing your DIY Story with us!


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Do you have a unique DIY story for your invitations?  We would love to hear more about it. Simply visit our “My DIY Story” entry page and fill out the submission form and you could be selected for our next featured story!

Be an inspiration, share your story today!

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Each year, we hold an Invitation Design Contest and invite our customers to submit their favorite designs. We’re always amazed by the beautiful work of DIY brides and professional designers alike! This year we received more entries than ever! Take a look at the 2017 top three Professional winners, and find out which Cards & Pockets materials were used to create their invitation masterpieces.

First Place – Taryn Gross, Twinkle & Toast Photo by: Jenna Joseph Photography 

Taryn’s winning invitation design combines moody florals, gorgeous lettering, gold foil printing, and shimmery envelopes in shades of black and gray. We love the hand painted beach envelope liner and custom stamps that tie the whole suite together. You can see more of Taryn’s designs at Twinkle and Toast

Design Recipe: Second Place – Jamie Weber, Jamie Lynne Creative Photo by: Beth Mallo Photography

Jamie’s pocket invitation suite is both romantic and rustic. Deep rosy florals are complemented by shimmery Sparkling Merlot pocket and envelopes, with accents of real wood paper in Cherrywood that add a contrast of color and texture. You can find more of Jamie’s work at Jamie Lynne Creative

Design Recipe:

Jamie says, “a fall fairy tale theme set the tone for both the ceremony and reception with a palette of burgundy and navy, with accents of mallard green, mauve, and gold”.

Third Place – Angela Vivona, The AV Design Factory

Angela’s stunning invitation design features classic fonts, clean design, and a light Aquamarine and gold color palette. We were drawn to the waves of gold running through the invitation card and a beautiful gold wax seal to complete the suite. More of Angela’s designs can be seen at The AV Design Factory

Design Recipe:


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We run our invitation design contest every fall for our customers. If you want to know when the next one will start, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.

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Each year, we hold an Invitation Design Contest and invite our customers to submit their favorite designs. We’re always amazed by the beautiful work of DIY brides and professional designers alike! This year we received more entries than ever! Take a look at the 2017 top three DIY winners, and find out which Cards & Pockets materials were used to create their invitation masterpieces.

First Place – Kelsey Janak


Kelsey’s DIY wedding invitations are modern, clean, and full of carefully crafted details that are so fun to look at! The gray and yellow color palette, playful iconography, mountain motif, and die cut inserts all wrapped up in a pocket make for one impressive suite.

Design Recipe:

Kelsey says, “I have a slight obsession with the gray/sunflower yellow color palette and thought it was pretty fitting for a September wedding in the mountains, with the sunflower as our “main” floral. Our wedding ceremony [was] also, quite literally, on the top of a mountain in New Hampshire, which [was] at the heart of my inspiration throughout the entire design process.”

Second Place – Aurora Vinas

Sophisticated and simple, Aurora’s DIY pocket invitation combines repeating leaf illustrations, a modern script font, custom map, and hand lettering in gold. A Bubinga wood grain pocket adds texture to the suite, closed with an wax seal for an elegant finishing touch. We love all the pretty little details!

Design Recipe:

Aurora says “The invitation was made with love for my wedding”.

Third Place – Emily Costopoulos

Emily’s DIY wedding invitations are elegant, moody, and beautiful. We’re loving all of the hand painted details like the floral crest, custom map, and the watercolor washed envelope liner. The deep colors are balanced out with a light gray envelope and gold wax seal to create one stunning suite for a fall wedding.

Design Recipe:

Emily says, “I created a custom map to show where our house and our wedding was, I also created an invite for an open house the night before as well as a wedding invite and RSVP card. I wanted moody florals with watercolor accents.”

Congratulations to our 2017 DIY Design Contest winners!

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We run our invitation design contest every fall for our customers. If you want to know when the next one will start, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.

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— Adrianna —

Our venue is the gorgeous Christmas House Inn in Rancho Cucamonga, a historic home built in 1904. We are getting married in March and I wanted our invitations to reflect the charming, romantic nature of a spring wedding using floral elements that will be mirrored in the bouquets and centerpieces on the day of the wedding.

My bridal party was a huge help in the assembly of my invitations, and I wouldn’t have been able to complete them so quickly without the help of my mother and sister!

I used a graphics set purchased from Creative Market to design the invitation, RSVP card, monogram tag, address label, and outer envelope monogram seal. Of course, Pinterest was a huge inspiration and I probably spent hours pouring over gorgeous photos of invitations while creating my own inspiration board to reach a finalized design theme.

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  • I ordered the panel invitation to be assembled with Cards and Pockets’ mounting service (well worth the cost in time it saved us).
  • I printed on all of the envelopes using an HP M252dw LaserJet Pro Color Laser Printer at home.
  • RSVP stamp inserts and monogram tags for the belly bands were cut out with my Cricut Explore Air.
  • Spray adhesive was used for the doily liners, and a hot glue gun for the lace belly bands.
  • Scissors of course to cut the lace and twine and a paper slicer to cut the doilies to size.

1.) I used Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and online templates to create custom elements (invitation, RSVP card, address labels, monogram tag and seal). I also purchased a graphic pack from Creative Market that perfectly matched the colors and flowers I’m going to use on the day of our wedding.

2.) Print on each set of envelopes; outer with recipients’ addresses, inner with a floral frame and recipients’ names, RSVP with bride’s & groom’s name and address using at-home printer and Microsoft Word Mail Merge function.

3.) Prepare additional materials/accents. Cut lace (12 in.) and twine (42 in.) for belly bands. Print custom monogram tags and RSVP stamp inserts on white cardstock, and cut with Cricut Explore Air.

4.) Wrap lace around 5×7 panel invitation and adhere overlapping ends with hot glue gun (using low temperature setting), making sure to use a piece of removable plastic to prevent any glue from adhering to the invitation and removing it once the glue has cooled.

5.) Wrap twine around invitation three times and then secure with a knot in front. Slide on monogram tag and secure by tying a bow with the twine, knotting the ends to prevent fraying.

6.)  Place RSVP stamp insert into corresponding envelope and customize RSVP cards as needed (I numbered each one on the back to avoid RSVP confusion and to the front added the number of guests invited for each recipient). Slide RSVP card under flap of envelope and insert complete RSVP assembly beneath the lace and twine belly band.

7.) Line each outer envelope with 8 inch, square doily using spray adhesive; this must be done after the envelope has been printed on with recipients’ details. YouTube tutorial that was followed here: https://youtu.be/0vWhnHm7B0U

8.) Take finished invitation and RSVP package and insert into inner, ungummed envelope personalized with floral frame and recipients’ names.

9.) Insert inner envelope into matching outer, gummed envelope. Seal envelope and, for additional security and added flair, adhere closure with customized monogram seal.

10.) Apply correct postage and custom return address label
to front of outer envelope and put your mind to ease by dropping off at your local post office.

I cannot recommend ordering paper samples and proofs enough- it helped me from the first stages of planning to physically hold the papers and products I was visualizing and to see how my custom design would look once printed on various papers.

Also, make sure you take a mock-up invitation with you to a post office when purchasing postage so you ensure that you have enough for each invitation and the RSVP cards; I mailed a good number of mine internationally too, but didn’t want to use this year’s Global Forever stamp, so it was extremely helpful being able to ask any and all postage questions to the post office workers who helped me.


Congratulations, Adrianna & Daniel!

Thank you for sharing your DIY Story with us!


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Do you have a unique DIY story for your invitations?  We would love to hear more about it. Simply visit our “My DIY Story” entry page and fill out the submission form and you could be selected for our next featured story!

Be an inspiration, share your story today!

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Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography

As a graphic designer, I knew I wanted to design my own wedding invitations and stationery to match the modern rustic theme of our wedding. I fell in love with a font called Braveheart – a modern spin on classic calligraphy. I based my whole design around this very unique font.

I chose kraft paper as the primary color for my stationery, keeping with our rustic theme. Cards & Pockets had the perfect shade of straw kraft paper, which stood out beautifully against a white mat.

After designing and printing everything myself, I recruited the help of my family in assembling my invitations! We created our own assembly line around the dining room table, each person carefully working on one piece at a time. It was a fun moment for us during the chaos of wedding planning!

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I printed everything myself on an HP photosmart printer. I used an old, but trusty paper slicer to cut the card stock after printing. A ruler was crucial in making sure my dimensions were correct. I used glue dots to matte the invitations and double-sided tape to secure the lace. An envelope moistener also came in handy when sealing envelopes.

1.) Print main invitation, response, and info cards on 8.5×11″ card stock. Print addresses on A7 and RSVP envelopes.

2.) Cut printed invitation (5×7″), response card (3.5×5″), and info cards (3.5×5″) using a paper slicer.

3.) Mount invitations and info cards to backing using glue dots. This takes steady hands and lots of patience!

4.) Cut lace and twine. Wrap lace around invitations, open to the back. Use double-sided tape to secure lace. Wrap twine around invitations, over the lace, tying a bow in the front.

5.) Slide info card and response card, along with RSVP envelope underneath lace/twine.

6.) Apply stamps to A7 and RSVP envelopes.

7.) Stuff each A7 envelope with entire invitation suite.

8.) Seal envelope using an envelope moistener.

* Test everything ahead of time! I ordered samples from Cards and Pockets so I could run test prints through my printer and see the final result before ordering everything. This also ensured a smooth assembly process, since I had already tried it out a few times.

* Order more paper/envelopes than you need! There will be mess-ups, so have extra supplies on hand so you don’t run out.

* Be sure to weigh the final product (envelope and all) at the post office BEFORE buying postage! You may need more or less postage than you realize.

* I used a blacklight marker from Amazon to mark each guest’s name on the back of the response card. It writes in invisible ink and only shows up with a blacklight! Just in case you can’t read someone’s handwriting or they forget to sign their full name when responding.

Photo by Tina Elizabeth Photography


Congratulations, Marissa & David!
 Thank you for sharing your DIY Story with us!

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 At Cards & Pockets, we love DIYers.  We also know that one of the best ways to be inspired is to see and learn about other people’s experiences.  We’re excited to share stories of our customers unique DIY invitation process.

Do you have a unique DIY story for your invitations?  We would love to hear more about it. Simply visit our “My DIY Story” entry page and fill out the submission form and you could be selected for our next featured story!

Be an inspiration, share your story today!

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Lace will never go out of style. It’s beautiful and timeless, and gives your wedding invitations a classic, elegant look. This suite uses one of our free wedding invitation templates, with three inserts included that you can edit and download – perfect for a pocket. We used a combination of blush, dark blue, and gold, but you can change any of the colors to change the suite completely.

Optional Extras:

DIY this suite at around $4.78 per Invitation
(*You can also order pre-cut inserts or a Signature Plus Pocket Kit to save and print yourself at home.)

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Get started on your DIY invitations by visiting our free wedding invitation templates and editing the “Lace” full suite with all of your wedding information. Download each insert and print at home on blank cardstock or pre-cut inserts, or order printing from our website for $1.86 per set.

Lace Laser-Cut Pocket Wedding Invitation - DIY Assembly - YouTube

Assembly is easy! Start by sliding your invitation card under the lace laser-cut design in the corner of the slide-in. Flip over and put a thin line of glue around the edge of the slide-in card, being careful to avoid getting glue on the invitation card itself (guests will need to slide it out to see all of the printed information). Center on the middle panel of your pocket and press down to secure.

Tuck your RSVP card under your pre-addressed and stamped RSVP (A2) envelope, and stack your inserts before tucking them into the pocket on the right. Fold up your pocket, and secure with a belly band, lace, or ribbon and then slide the whole thing into your mailing envelope. Make sure to have your mailing envelope addressed and stamped before you slide in your invitation. We recommend Envelope Moistener with adhesive for a secure seal on your envelopes.

You’re done! As always, you can really change the look of this invitation suite by changing the color of any of the pieces. We have over 80 colors to choose from, so you can customize to fit your wedding colors.

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below!

Happy DIY-ing!

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Envelope liners are such a pretty trend that will really dress up your DIY wedding invitations. They’re a great way to add elegance, color, or something fun and custom to your invitation suite. And although they seem simple and straightforward, adding envelope liners can be a bit tricky if you’re not sure how to coordinate the size to best fit your wedding envelope, how to make your own custom liner, or how to assemble them. Let’s go over the basics about envelope liners so you can add them to your wedding invitations with confidence.

How Do I Find the Right Size Liners for my Envelopes?

Since the shape of the envelope flap will be slightly different everywhere you buy envelopes from, it’s best to purchase envelopes and liners from the same vendor to make sure they will line up exactly. Of course, you can also cut out your own envelope liners, but it is much more time consuming and won’t guarantee perfect and uniform liners.

All of Cards & Pockets’ most popular envelope sizes have coordinating liners that match up perfectly, for both Euro and Square flap envelopes. Pre-cut envelope liners are available in solid matte and metallic paper colors, real wood paper, laser-cut designs, and patterned envelope liners.

What’s the Best Way to Make My Own Custom Envelope Liners?

Custom envelope liners are such a fun way to add a personal element to your wedding invitations. If you want to DIY custom envelope liners to match with your invitations, there are a few ways to do this.

One option is to use your envelope to trace the right shape envelope liner onto the back of your liner paper, and then trim each one by hand. This can be very time consuming, though, and might result in wobbly edges if you’re trimming them one-by-one with scissors.

Another way to DIY custom envelope liners is to create your design digitally, and upload to the “Print Your Own” section of our website. We have guidelines you can use while designing your liner file to see exactly where the liner will be trimmed out of the design. You can find downloadable pdf guidelines for all envelope sizes listed under “Envelope Liner Templates” here. Your design will be printed and trimmed into neat, matching envelope liners. You can choose to have them mounted to envelopes for you, or you can go the DIY route and assemble the envelope liners at home.

What’s the Correct Way to Line an Envelope?

There really is no one correct way to line an envelope. There are many tutorials out there and everyone has their own way that they find easiest and quickest, but this is the method that seems easiest to us:

How to Assemble Envelope Liners for DIY Wedding Invitations - YouTube

1.) Turn your envelope liner over and apply a line of tape near the edges of just the envelope’s flap. (We use a GlueGlider Pro, but you can use any tape dispenser, or even double sided tape if you’d like).

2.) Carefully flip over and slide into your envelope, holding up the top so that the tape doesn’t touch the envelope until in place.

3.) Center the liner in the envelope, just touching or slightly under the envelope’s glue line, and press down to secure in place.

4.) Fold along the envelope’s fold line, and you’re done!

Some tutorials instruct to slide the liner into the envelope first, then fold the envelope and liner together before applying adhesive to the liner. We’ve found that securing the liner in place before folding helps to make sure the liner doesn’t shift in place and come out uncentered or crooked.

We hope this makes envelope liners seem a little easier to DIY! Click here to browse our envelope liners in all sizes, shapes, colors, patterns and textures. Do you have any other questions about using envelope liners? Any helpful tips that have worked for you when assembling? Please leave them in the comments below!

Happy DIY-ing!

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