Sunday, April 11, 2010

Manvites: Enveloped

Even though our main invitation card was a YUDU-fail, I still wanted to use the device for something. So I picked a bigger font, and Sak went to town squee-geeing our address to the response card envelope.

Then, once he finished, he went back and added a mon to the side. He first tried to do both the mon and the symbol at the same time, but they just weren't coming out at the same consistency. Either the mon would be over-saturated, or the words would be too light.

Luckily, YUDUing paper seems to be a faster process than fabric, since it only needs one swipe to transfer the image. It didn't take too long to do both the words and the image separately.

Pleased with how the response envelopes turned out, we decided to screen-print the main envelope as well. This time with just the mon design. The return address is computer-printed to the back envelope flap.

One tip Sak has for paper printing - use a magazine or cardboard or something to lift the paper closer to the YUDU screen. Since the YUDU is primarily designed for fabric printing, there's a little bit of a gap to account for fabric thickness. Paper, obviously, isn't as thick, so you might like to give it some padding for a more accurate transfer.

Next, we cut out some envelope liners from cheap red wrapping paper, and double-stick-taped them in. One note about white envelopes - I originally wanted to use the trick of half-sized liners to conserve paper, but with a white envelope, it was see-through! So the liners had to be full sized.

Penga-Mom did all the calligraphy on the front with a chisel-tip calligraphy pen, and we used both the 2010 Chinese New Year stamp and wedding band stamp for postage. Though we used $0.88 per envelope, we technically only needed $0.81 according to the postal worker.

It pains me to white-out parts of the envelope, since Penga-Mom did such an awesome job writing them!

I'm not really sure which part of Sak's manvite is my favorite. I'm thinking either the wax seal, or the shiny outer envelope with fancy calligraphy. But in any case, that's it! Time to send these manvites out! I hope they come back with many "yes" cards!

Final Cost Breakdown:

From Pocketfold building:

Black linen card stock: $42.26 for 250 sheets, or $22.65 for 134 sheets used.
white linen card stock: $32.79 for 250 sheets, or $3.28 for 25 sheets used.
double happiness stamp: $3.50
embossing gel: ~$4.00
embossing powder: ~$2.00
spray glue: ~$10.00
red washi paper: $3.00
Subtotal: $48.43

From Inserts:
White Linen Card Stock: $32.79 for 250 sheets, or $10.49 for 80 sheets used (Extra 20 account for spelling error)
White 4 Bar Envelopes: $13.94 for 250, or $8.36 for 150 used (Extra 50 account for YUDU errors)
RSVP Postage: $45.00 for 100 stamps ($1 for shipping and handling)
Subtotal: $63.85

From Wax Seals:
Wax Seal: $14.90 (with shipping)
Glue Sticks: ~$4
Ribbon: ~$18 for six spools
Subtotal: $36.90

From Outer Envelope:
White A-6 Envelopes: $43.40 for 250, or $21.70 for 125 used (Extra 25 account for YUDU errors)
Invite Postage: $88.00 for 200 stamps
Subtotal: $109.70

Grand Total: $258.88, or $2.58 per invitation.
Not too shabby!

What was your favorite aspect of your invitation suite?


  1. OMG you guys did such a great job on the invites! Everything looks awesome right down to the perfect calligraphy. Your mom did a really good job. The completed invites look so amazing and your guests are going to love them! :)

  2. You would have spent $2 alone on the calligraphy! These are beautiful! <3 them!

  3. They look amazing! Everyone will love them!