Pocket Fold Invitation Tutorial – Hand Lined Envelopes
If you are looking for pocket fold invitation design ideas, you’ve come to the right place! The tutorial below is chock full of them, and provides you with step-by-step instructions for replicating the Stacked & Layered Black Damask Pocket Fold Invitation With Hand Lined Envelopes exactly as it’s shown here.
Before you even think it; don’t worry – we know that there is a lot to this design, and that assembling hundreds of these guys won’t exactly be a walk in the park (well, maybe a very long walk). We’ve all been there, and we understand that everyone has varying levels of time and ambition in which to make their own invitations – thus the beauty of this tutorial!
If you have the time, use the detailed instructions, printing templates, and materials list to replicate the stacked pocket fold as it’s shown here. If not, use the tools and inspiration from this tutorial to create a unique design of your own. Pick out the ideas you like and have time for, toss the ones you don’t – simple as that!
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Materials To Customize This Invitation Kit
- 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 Square Pocket Fold – Ebenum Smooth
8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock
- 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock – 80lb Ecru
Pre-Cut Blank Cards
Decorative Japanese Paper
- Decorative Japanese Paper – Black Floral Damask Chiyogami
Satin Invitation Ribbon
- Double Face Satin Invitation Ribbon – 1/4 Inch Black
Download Print Templates
- Download Invitation Card Template – Measures 6 x 6
- Download Reception Card Template – Measures 4 x 6
- Download Accommodations Card Template – Measures 5 x 6
- Download Additional Info Card Template – Measures 6 x 6
- Download Post Card Response Template – Measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
- Download Post Card Response Template (Return Address) – Measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
This Invitation Has a Lot of Cards! Here’s an Overview:
- 6 x 6 Invitation Card
- 6 x 6 Additional Info Card
- 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Post Card Response
- 4 x 6 Reception Card
- 5 x 6 Accommodations Card
How to Put it All Together
1. Cut 4×6 & 5×6 Cards from 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock
As depicted here, cut one 4×6 card (reception) and one 5×6 card (accommodations) from one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of card stock. These cards will be the top two layers of your pocket insert booklet.
Note: You may also cut two 4×6 cards and two 5×6 cards from each sheet, if you prefer.
2. Cut Envelope Liners & Decorative Strips from Japanese Paper
As done here, each 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of Japanese paper will yield two 5 1/2 inch tall envelope liners and two 2 3/4 x 5 1/2 inch decorative strips.
IMPORTANT NOTE: For detailed information on making your own envelope lining template and lining your own envelopes, please consult the following tutorial:DIY Envelope Liner Templates & Instructions–Create Unique Lined Invitation Envelopes
3. Download Printing Templates
Next, download the six printing templates you need from the “Download Print Templates” section above.
For your convenience, templates are
- in Microsoft Word format
- sized to the dimensions of each card as listed
- correctly formatted
- in standard Arial font
4. Customize Cards
On each template, change our sample wording to your personal wording, and experiment with various fonts and colors to find the look you prefer.
Note that the three stacking cards are not restricted to to reception, accommodations, and additional information cards as stated on the templates. It’s your DIY design, so feel free to include any information your unique wedding ceremony requires!
5. Print Cards
Next, print each of your cards. For more information in printing invitations at home, please view the following video:
IMPORTANT ENVELOPE PRINTING NOTE: If you are printing your envelopes as opposed to hand writing them, be sure to print them before lining them.
6. Assemble Pocket Booklet Insert
As shown below, stack your booklet cards as shown below.
From top to bottom, stack:
- 4×6 Card
- 5×6 Card
- 6×6 Card
Next, punch a hole through the three cards with a ribbon stitch punch, and thread the ribbon of your choice through. Secure the three cards by tying a knot or bow.
7. Adhere Decorative Strip & Invitation Card to Center Panel
Using the adhesive of your choice, adhere the 2 3/4 x 5 1/2 inch strip you cut in step two to the center panel of the pocket fold.
Glue your printed 6 x 6 invitation card on top of the decorative strip into the center panel.
8. Place Post Card Response & Booklet Insert into Pocket
Place your booklet insert and post card response card into the angled pocket of the pocket fold, and you’re done!
Have you used this tutorial to create a unique design? We’d love to see it!