No Measuring, No Math – Just Fantastic Homemade Pocket Invitations
Pocket invitations with stacked enclosure cards look great, but let’s face it, they’re a lot of work. There’s quite a bit of measuring and math involved in determining which size cards go where, which dimensions will give you that nice stacked look, and finally, how to print it all out for a nice, symmetrical presentation.
If you’re interested in making your own stacked pockets but not so interested in doing all the work that’s involved, you’re in luck, because we’ve done it for you! We designed the invitation shown here – we did all the research, the measuring, the math, and when we were finished, we wrote it all down – and in this tutorial, we share!
To create a posh pocket invitation like the one shown here, all you have to do is pick your papers from the materials list, download and customize the print templates, and follow the step by step instructions to your own stylishly stacked invitation pockets. No measuring, no math, no complicated page set-up – just fantastic homemade pocket invitations.
Order this kit as we made it for $2.12 per invitation
Here is a quick reference guide to how your 8 1/2 x 11 card stock will be printed, cut and placed into the invitation pocket.
1. Download Zip File of Print Templates
The zip file includes five 8 1/2 x 11 sized Microsoft Word print templates:
Templates include sample wording in a standard font and cutting guidelines (dimensions as detailed in the graphic above).
2. Customize Print Templates
Customize each print template by entering your own wording and by changing fonts and colors to match your color scheme.
Fonts shown are Carlton and Great Vibes (just the ampersand), both free downloads – just do a quick internet search!
3. Print onto 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock
After customizing your templates, print. Since the templates measure 8 1/2 x 11, no custom document set up is necessary.
Note about Color of Cutting Guidelines
The outlines around the cards in the templates are designed to print out lightly so they can be used as cutting guidelines. If you find them too light or too dark after printing, you can change the color of them in Table Properties.
Navigate to the Table Properties menu by right clicking on the table and selecting Properties. You can also do this by using the Table menu at the top.
In the Table Properties menu, select Borders and Shading
Change the color and weight of the printed guidelines using the drop down menus
4. Cut Cards from 8 1/2 x 11 Stock
Cut along the guidelines using the cutting tool of your choice. A paper trimmer, rotary trimmer, or guillotine cutter are recommended for straight, accurate cuts.
5. Adhere Invitation Card to Panel
Adhere your invitation card to the panel on the left side of the posh pocket using the adhesive of your choice.
6. Stack & Place Cards in Pocket
Finally, arrange your stacking cards so that the largest is in the back and the smallest is in the front, and place them in the pocket.
4 3/4 x 6 7/8 – Reception – Bottom
4 3/4 x 5 7/8 – Direction – Middle
4 3/4 x 4 7/8 – Accommodations – Top
What about the Response Card?
Tuck your response card inside of the response envelope and place it in the pocket. It is recommended you place it behind the stacking cards so as not to ruin tiered presentation. If you like, you can also place it loosely inside of the folder.