Sun-Printed Wedding Invitationscomments (9) July 17th, 2008 in gallery
Despite my initial instinct that a DIY Bride is a crazy bride, this spring, I made my wedding invitations using cyanotype (aka sun print) paper. The wedding was in a seaside town, so I wanted something that evoked a beachy, sun-washed feel (ironically, it poured rain on the big day!).
With the help of a graphic designer friend, I designed two Photoshop templates—one for the reply card and one for the invitation—decorated with some sea shells from a Dover Editions clip art CD-ROM. Then at Kinko's, I had the templates xeroxed onto transparencies—effectively turning them into negatives.
Next, I exposed each piece of paper to the sun under the negative (about 90 seconds per page), then "developed" them in a bath of water. When the sun prints were dry, I attached them to flat A7 and 4-bar cards in Bluebell from Paper Source. The coolest part of it (aside from saving a ton of money) was that each invitation was unique, because of variations in the exposure time, the weather the day it was exposed, or how I handled it in developing.
Pattern or design used: My own design
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