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DIY Invitations: Tula & Steve

Tula is the fab blogger behind Whorange.net and is a fellow K Autumn bride. I couldn’t be more thrilled when she emailed me to share her utterly adorable wedding suite for her upcoming May wedding.  DIY letterpress?? Well, color me super impressed!!


From Tula: I had never put together a multi-component invite, and must say, within the course of six weeks, I learned more than I ever thought I could about paper, inks, construction, RGB, CMYK, hemp cord, scoring, adobe illustrator, envelopes, letterpressing, offset printing, glue sticks, and masochism.


Top honors go to my best friend and maid-of-honor, Gennan Shippen, who gloriously designed the flora and fauna motifs.  From dancing bunnies and bears, to perching peacocks, to doting deer, Gennan’s playful yet elegant illustrations truly put the pretty in pretty.  Also, my Aunt Diane provided fabulous calligraphy for the envelopes, which you can’t see very well in this picture, but trust me, it’s good enough to eat.


I took on the glamorous job of printing and construction. After receiving quotes from print shops ranging from 1500-2600 dollars, I realized I had to get crafty and DIY it.  I enrolled in a beginning letterpress class at Otis College of Art & Design and learned how to press the invitation’s text insert, two sets of thank you cards, and my program cover.


For the remainder of the inserts (RSVP, map, hotel accommodations, wedding day details), I picked up basic white card stock from Kelly Paper and ran them off at Copymat.


One of my and Steve’s favorite invitation elements is the RSVP card.  We included a message on the bottom of the card which read, “please feel free to write or doodle something for us on the back of this card.”  The backside featured a little doe and a simple top border. The blank reply cards were a great idea and the responses are so awesome!


AWESOME indeed.  Thanks so much Tula for sharing your invites with us.  All my best wishes for the big day!  I’m sure it will be fab.  Can’t wait for the photos!

Pssst, got some great DIYs to share?  Email us here, we’d love to hear from you!

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1 myDIYweddingday { 04.30.09 at 3:51 pm }

Those RSVP cards are amazing… and you have the most creative guests! What a fun keepsake.

2 Joyce { 04.30.09 at 7:18 pm }


3 Bethany @ Budget Bride { 04.30.09 at 7:39 pm }

WOAH! SPEECHLESS. Incredible. Too. Impressed. For. Words!!!!!

4 tula { 05.01.09 at 1:22 am }

ohh, thank you so much for the lovely feature. such an honor! i’m feeling warm and fuzzy inside now :)


5 Leika { 05.04.09 at 10:24 am }

Oh, how fun!! I just finished my own DIY letterpress invites, and I know how much work they are, so kudos to you on a lovely finished product!!

6 Jackie { 11.05.11 at 6:19 pm }

How can I make invitations similar to those? I love them.