No calligrapher? No problem! DIY wedding stationary [& tutorial]

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Some may say it’s a fad (I’m looking at you, Reddit!) but I have a feeling that beautiful hand-lettered accents aren’t leaving the wedding scene any time soon.

It’s a worthwhile investment for some, but if you have a strict budget (like me) then I’m sure there are plenty of other things you could spend a couple hundred dollars on. Maybe your solution is to DIY your paper suite – which is super easy these days – but the whole hand-lettered aspect is all you’re missing, and fonts just don’t do the job. If only there was an affordable and easy option…

There is!

Clip art: it’s not just for your elementary school Word projects!

Hand-lettered words, phrases, and symbols are converted into transparent .png files that can be inserted just like photos. Here’s how to do it:

First, purchase a clip art package from somewhere like Etsy (shameless plug: I’ve got a gold glitter package here and am available to customize it by color, adding different phrases, etc. There are a ton of options available from other sellers as well, so you should have no problem finding what works for you!).

I’m using PicMonkey for this example because it’s super easy and I used it for my own save the dates. Under the design option, choose custom size. For a 5×7, that custom size will be 2100×1500.

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Next: choose your canvas color (background). We’ll go with a dark blue for this example.

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See that little butterfly on the left side? Click that, followed by add your own, to add in your engagement photo. Size and drag it to where you want it:

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Now, do it again. Instead of opening your own photo, open your clip art file from wherever you’ve saved it to. It works the same way as a photo.

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Now, just add your text! You can choose your color from the menu, type in a color code (where you see the 000000), or do what I do: Click on the color bar that shows the currently selected color; the dropper will come up:

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Then, move the dropper over the “save the date” image (or any other place on your design) until you come to a color that you want to use for your text. That way, you don’t have to try to search for an exact match. Once you add all your text, you’ll end up with something a little like this:

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Bonus points to anyone who understands the references there ;)!

Pretty easy, huh? You don’t need to spend a big chunk of money in order for your wedding to have that hand-lettered effect. Many clip art packages come with just about everything you need: from save the dates to programs, menus to thank you’s. And if you don’t see something you need? Someone will work with you – all you have to do is ask!

Good luck with your DIY projects!

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