May 31, 2011

DIY Tutorial | Vintage Handkerchief Save the Dates

We love vintage handkerchiefs!!  This tutorial uses our our custom rubber stamps to create very classy and original save the dates.  These offer your guests a true keepsake and set the tone for your vintage wedding!

Step One:
After washing and ironing the handkerchiefs to the desired size, choose stamp pad and ink up the custom  Save the Date stamp.  We used the "Art Nouveau" Save the Date Stamp on these handkerchieves. On a hard and sturdy work surface, place inked stamp on the handkerchief and apply even pressure.  Gently lift off stamp.

Step Two:
Most couples will find it necessary to include accommodation options with their Save the Date--including them in the invitation is often too late to capture discounted rates, etc.  For this Save the Date, we printed out an accommodations card with a compatible font, we then used our Wreath Monogram stamp to accent the enclosure.

Step Three:
Slide the accommodations card into the handkerchief and using your desired ribbon, tie them together, like a present.

Step Four:
Using a coordinating return address stamp {Wildflowers Return Address Stamp}, ink the stamp and place it in the center of your square envelope.
**Remember to do this before you or a calligrapher addresses them so that you don't have to re-do any if you get a bad inking.**

Materials list:

Vintage Handkerchieves - Iron to 5.5 x 5.5 squares with starch and a hot iron. Troll Ebay for lots of handkerchieves.  It is more affordable to buy them in bulk than one at a time.  Expect to pay $1-3 per handkerchief for vintage handkerchieves for this project.  Etsy and local thrifts are other good places to look for them.
Colorbox Stamp Pad - we used a variety of pinks and neutrals for this project.
5.5 x 5.5 Flat Card - For accommodations card

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