Y’all know how much I love a good DIY; something that’s ridiculous, colourful, a part of every day life, and that puts a sorta new spin on the traditional. This project is just that- The DIY colouring page dinner invite postcard is something I can’t believe someone hasn’t thought of sooner. This project harkens back to when dinner invites were sent in the mail (back when there were several mail drops a day, like way back) and people had time to draw up fancy invites and had calling cards. I’ve taken that concept and merged it with my Cricut’s writing capability and my own design skills in Photoshop. From there, a DIY colouring page dinner invite Card is born!
This Thursday I’m participating in Chloe Crabtree’s summer tablescape blog hop, so this invite corresponds to that dinner! It’s colourful, fanciful and full of flourishes, and relies on citrus as the focal point for the evening.
The best part about the DIY colouring page dinner invite postcard is that your guests can colour it in, leave it blank, or add whatever touch they want. If you get them all to bring theirs, you’ll have one colourful table!
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- 5×7 invites with a bi-fold cover down the middle (available for purchase at Michaels’ in the stationary section)
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut Explore® Southwest Pen Set & Cricut Explore® Antiquity Pen Set
- Cricut Cutting Mat Variety pack
- Postage for actual mail use
You’ll need photoshop to create a similar invite to mine, or a proficient use of the Cricut Design Space. By the way, have you seen the new version? That is to say CDS.3 ? It doesn’t use flash so there’s no constantly updating your software, and it’s got the Cricut fonts and cool access features built-in. It’s a huge improvement and I’ve greatly enjoyed using it so far.
Step 1: Load your invitation template into the Cricut Design Space. Save it as a cut file, and then change it to a write file. If you need help doing that you can follow my tutorial on how to do that // here //
I’ve created a blank one for you guys to use, so feel free to drag and drop and the customize to suit your needs!
Step 2: After changing your file to a “write” file, set it to print with the right dimensions. Don’t forget to account for the bifold flaps on the front when you’re positioning the graphic in on the mat.
Step 3: Don’t forget to insert the Cricut pen into the A housing on your machine. The actual writing process on this file takes about 10 minutes, so don’t do them in a hurry!
When it’s done it’ll look something like this:
Step 4: I know I said that you were supposed to send them to your guest to be coloured-in, but if you wanted to, you could do that yourself too. In fact, half of my invites would have been coloured-in because I just love colouring! I’m always looking for an excuse to be creative eh?
Step 5: If you’re actually going to send them in the mail, use the same process as you did to create the menu, to create address templates.
Here’s a sample I did for this project; I tilted it on it’s side because it will be written across the back of the menu.
Step 6: When preparing to write the name and address on the back of the menu, don’t forget the placement and the bi-fold flaps!
Step 7: Once it’s complete, actually affix postage (unless you just want to hand it off to them in person) and tape the back shut using some colourful wash tape.
Step 8: Repeat as many times, for as many fancy occasions as required! Now when your guests get some happy mail not only do they have a dinner invite but a colouring page too!
To get the deets on the rest of this tablescape you’ll have to tune in tomorrow for the summer tablescape blog hop! It promises to be a colourful one, and I am seriously in love with that I did, so I know you guys will be too!
Same goes for this drink! Come back on Friday for this week’s TGIF post and catch the recipe and a better idea of what it is we’re making here! Hint: it involves peaches and vodka. You can catch-up with the previous editions here: Cocktail freezies // Maple Whisky Milkshake // Blackberry Mint Julep // Chocolate & Coffee Icecubes // Spicy Pomegranate Margarita