The invites for 2008 are really simple compared to previous years. It was already October, and I was running out of time to find an idea- then I remembered these skulls from the Dollar Tree, so I ran with this.
I started off making tags for the invites. This is just something I've been doing every year for a couple of years now because I like to. They're basically the same as last year, only this time I burned the edges. For a short clip on how I did this fairly quickly and without burning the paper too much, see below.
Then I tea stained them.
I printed out a bunch of copies of the main invite that I came up with. Just standard info on it this year, nothing fancy. I made sure to leave room between the title and the body of the wording so the skull would fit. Like last year, I ripped the edges off and crumpled them. Then I tea stained them.
I bought these little blow-molded skulls from the Dollar Tree. There are 9 to a bag.
I cut them in half with a utility knife. The ones I had to mail, I cut even more of the back off so they'd weigh less.
Then I hot-glued them on to the dried invitation.
Once I got them all glued on, I took them outside and put a coat of wood lacquer on the whole page to make it a bit sturdier and give it a little but of a nice finish. I also lacquered the tags.
When they were all dried and ready to be finished, I used the hole-punch to make holes in each tag. I rolled up the main invite and tied it off with some twine, adding a tag to each one before finishing the tying. The ones that were mailed cost me 1.17 each for postage. They are non-machinable which is part of the high cost. I mailed out 26 of them this year (3 of them just as keepsakes for people who can't come). I decided to forgo the people who haven't shown up in the past 3 years, so that knocked a few off the invite mailing list. The rest of them were hand-delivered to neighbors by my two daughters, with a couple of them hand-delivered by me to some friends and co-workers.
That's pretty much it, kinda boring this year, but not the plain jane printed out black and white paper I was gonna go with just to get it done.
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