Wood Grain Pocket Fold Inspiration & Video
Savanna wood grain paper textured paper makes for some of the most striking, most impressive, most “ooh” and “ah” worthy invitations of all specialty papers. The same is true for exquisite Japanese Chiyogami papers. Put the two together, and you get one seriously eye-catching design, and the subject of this DIY pocket fold invitation tutorial.
In the tutorial below, you are given a materials list, printing templates, and step by step instructions for replicating the pocket fold invitation shown here. If you like the design, but would like to tweak it a bit to fit your own event or personality, you can certainly do that too! We’ve made this tutorial convenient, flexible, and easy to work with. If you’re looking to create a unique pocket fold invitation, it’s certainly worth a look!
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Materials To Customize This Invitation Kit
- 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 (A7) Invitation Envelopes – Summer Sky
- 3 5/8 x 5 1/8 (A4) Response Envelopes – Summer Sky
- 5 1/8 x 7 (A7) Pocket Folds – Textured Wood Grain Tindalo
8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock
- 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock – Textured Wood Grain Limba
Japanese Chiyogami Paper
- 8 1/2 x 11 Japanese Chiyogami Paper – Blue Flower Tree
- Paper Trimmer or Preferred Cutting Tool – to cut 8 1/2 x 11 papers
- Glue or Double Sided Tape – to adhere Chiyogami and cards to pocket fold
Instructions for Assembly
1. Cut (3) 3 1/2 x 6 7/8″ Decorative Chiyogami Layers from (1) 8 1/2 x 11 Sheet
Begin your design by cutting your individual components from the 8 1/2 x 11 papers you have chosen, beginning with the decorative chiyogami layers that will be adhered to the pocketfold.
From one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of chiyogami, cut 3 pieces measuring 3 1/2 x 6 7/8 inches. For straight, accurate cuts, we suggest doing this with a paper trimmer with a very sharp blade.
2. Cut (2) 4 1/2 x 6 1/2″ Wood Grain Card Stock Invitation Cards from (1) 8 1/2 x 11 Sheet
Now you are ready to cut the 8 1/2 x 11 card stock you chose into individual cards.
Begin by cutting two 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch invitation layers from one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, as detailed below.
3. Cut (4) 3 1/2 x 4 7/8″ Wood Grain Card Stock Response Cards from (1) 8 1/2 x 11 Sheet
Next, cut four 3 1/2 x 4 7/8 inch response cards from one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of card stock.
You’re all done with cutting; now on to the fun part!
4. Download Invitation & Response Card Print Templates
Download printing templates for your invitation and response cards from the “Download Templates” section above. For your convenience, templates are in Microsoft Word format, are sized and formatted correctly, and are in standard Arial font, ready for your customization!
5. Customize Invitation & Response Card Documents
After downloading and opening the print templates, change the sample wording to your own personal wording, then customize with the fonts, sizes, and colors of your choice.
When you are finished customizing your invitation and response card documents, you’ll be ready to print. For more information on printing custom size documents using your home computer and printer, please view the following video:
Printing Note: Please note that due to the heavy weight and embossed texture of Savanna wood grain paper, it may not be suitable for all home printers. Please view the following video for more information on printing on Savanna:
7. Glue Chiyogami & Invitation Card to Pocket Fold
After printing, your invitation design is ready for assembly. As shown below,
- Adhere the chiyogami pieces you cut in step 1 to:
- the center panel of the pocketfold
- the inside of the pocket, as a liner
- Adhere your invitation card to the center panel of the pocketfold on top of the chiyogami
8. Place Response Items in Pocket
Finally, place your response card and envelope inside of the lined pocket, and that’s it! You’ve just created your own lovely DIY pocket fold invitation.
Have you created an invitation with our wood grain papers or pocket folds? We’d love to see it; submit it to LCI’s Share Your Creativity Program!