Jazz Up Simple Invitation Cards with Colorful Polka Dots
Are you looking for a DIY invitation design that’s easy to make but also has that wow factor? This polka dot concept is one great way to give your simple flat invitation extra depth and whimsy. In this example, we used a pre-cut wedding blank card, textured linen card stock and pearlized paper with filigree detailing, but feel free to use as many different types of paper you prefer. Follow these instructions as guidelines, and alter your design as you go along to customize it and make it your own.
Here’s what you need for this polka dot invitation design:
- 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 (A9) Envelope (Old World Blano Matte)
- Pre-cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (A9) Blank Card (Old World Blano Matte)
- 8 1/2 x 11 Japanese Linen Card Stock (Linen Violet)
- 8 1/2 x 11 Japanese Pearlized Paper (Filigree Lilac)
- Scissors or circle punch(es)
- Adhesive of choice to adhere polka dots
- Pencil for tracing
- Circle stencil, compass or circular objects to trace
Step 1: Download & Edit the Polka Dot Invitations Template
Edit the text to include your wording and wedding invitation information.
If you like the font in the template you are ready to print. If not, change fonts, sizes, and colors to suit your taste.
Step 2: Print Invitation Card
Once your invitation card document appears on screen as you want it to print out, print your cards! If you aren’t familiar with printing pre-cut cards, please view the following tutorial video:
Step 3: Trace or Draw your Circles for Your Design
Note: If you are using various circle punches rather than tracing circle shapes, skip to step 4, cutting circles.
The circles of your design will come from the Japanese Linen Card Stock and from the Pearlized Paper you chose.
On the back of the linen and pearlized papers, trace or draw several circles in various sizes. The more variation the better – so do small, medium and large ones for a more interesting design.
Tip: Create more circles than you think you’ll need so you can try different options.
Step 4: Cut out Individual Circles
Using your scissors or circle cutter, cut out each circle and then lay them out to start playing with different design options. Once you decide on a design, you can start gluing them on.
Step 5: Adhere your Circles onto the Invitation
Adhere the circles to the top of the invitation using the adhesive of your choice, overlapping and layering them. A few tips:
- Be careful to place them right where you want them to avoid smudges.
- Make sure each circle is adhered well by pressing down with your fingertips.
- Check for any corners that aren’t sticking and reapply adhesive or glue as needed.
Step 6: Finalize your Design
Take a look at your invitation design to see if it has enough circles or if it needs more. You may need to add more circles to find the perfect balance. Once you find the design that’s right for you, you can mass produce the rest. Or, make each one unique with its own configuration.