A friend of mine emailed me this morning asking me if I knew of some sources for decorative paper. She is designing her own wedding invitation and wanted to use some woven bamboo paper as a backing. Knowing Kalani (she has a great craft and lifestyle blog), this invitation is going to be beautiful (along with her wedding) and I was happy to find a source for her.
Which of course gave me an idea to blog about some of the sources for DIY invitation needs such as decorative papers. If you are looking to add some pattern, color and elegance and are on a budget, a little bit of decorative paper can go a long way!
Chiyogami paper from Japan is spectacular for this purpose. The paper is silk-screen printed by hand and the patterns are inspired by the beautiful kimonos. You'll find lots of nature themed designs like flowers, leaves, fish and water. There are a multitude of colors, and often the metallic gold or silver details are what will elevate your DIY invitation to a professional level--at a fraction of the cost. You can use this paper as a border on your invitation by gluing it to a piece of cardstock for stability and layering your invitation card on top. Or use it as a sleeve or belly band. This is very economical because you only need a few sheets for a large invitation quantity. If you really want to be economical, use a tiny square on your invitation as a design element. It's as beautiful as a framed picture!
If you are going for a more natural and earthy look, use textured papers to bring a dimension to your invitation.
You can find Chiyogami and other decorative papers at your local art supply store, or browse on-line at these suppliers:
1. Hollander's Art Supplies
2. Paper Mojo
3. Paper Source
4. LCI Paper
5. Mulberry Paper