What You’ll Be Creating
Wedding season is upon us! If you’ve been hunting for the perfect invitations, your search may be over. These lace-inspired cards balance vintage-inspired details with a modern layout.
Choosing to DIY your invites gives you complete flexibility over color, typography and style, so it’s a great route to take if you’re looking for something unique for your special day.
Suitable for beginners, this tutorial uses Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign to create the cards. You’ll also need your friendly neighbourhood printer on speed dial to do the laser cutting.
Looking for more wedding invite ideas? Browse a huge range of designs, from minimal modern designs to traditional styles, over at Envato Market.
Ready for romance? Great! Let’s dive in…
1. What You’ll Need
You’ll need access to Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign for this tutorial. We’ll walk through the process step-by-step, so this is suitable for beginner-to-intermediate users of the software.
You’ll also need to download the following fonts and images:
- Adorabelle Script
- Davys font
- Adobe Caslon Pro (this should be pre-installed in your Adobe font library)
- Ornamental Lace Frame
Install the fonts and you’re ready to go!
2. Create Your Lace Border
This invitation design is made up of two parts: a simple square card containing the invite text…
… and a lace-bordered outer card that has four flaps that fold over the square invite inside.
We’ll begin by creating the laser-cut lace design in Adobe Illustrator.
Open up your downloaded Ornamental Lace Frame in Adobe Illustrator.
Isolate the top part of the border by going to Right-Click (Windows) or Control-Click (Mac) > Ungroup and delete the remainder of the vector.
We want to trim this border a little so it will fit onto the invite as a perfect triangle shape. To do this, I’ve marked out where we need to trim the design in red below.
Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a rough square with a Black Fill on the artboard. Allow it to cover the area we want to trim on the left side. Edit > Copy and Edit > Paste the square, positioning on the right side.
Go to Window > Pathfinder to open the Pathfinder window. Select one of the squares plus the lace border sitting behind and click on the Minus Front button from the Shape Modes options.
This will get rid of both the square and the area of the border sitting behind. Repeat for the other square.
Create a new Illustrator document (File > New) that’s 309.846 mm in Width and Height*.
* The measurements here sound very specific, but you’ll end up with an invitation that’s a handy 6.10 inches in diameter when folded.
Make sure the rulers are visible (View > Rulers > Show Rulers), and then drag out guides from the top and left-hand rulers to 154.923 mm to mark the center point of the artboard.
Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to create a Black square 155.238 mm in diameter, and position it centrally on the artboard.
Return to your lace border document, select the border, and Copy it.
Head back to your new document and Paste it. Position it so that it runs along the top of the square, and scale so that its top edge just touches the trim edge of the artboard.
Paste again, and then Right-Click (Windows) or Control-Click (Mac) > Transform > Reflect. Choose Flip Vertical from the options and click OK.
Position along the bottom edge of the square.
Select both lace borders and Copy, Paste.
Right-Click (Windows) or Control-Click (Mac) > Transform > Rotate. Choose 90°, and then position the pair along the left and right edges of the square.
Make sure all the lace borders are perfectly lined up against the sides of the square so that no gaps, even teeny tiny ones, are visible.
Then select all the lace borders plus the square with your mouse, and click on the Unite button under Shape Modes in the Pathfinder window.
Illustrator will pull all the elements together to create one whole shape.
File > Save As your Illustrator document to keep it safe, and then select the shape and Edit > Copy it. Minimize the Illustrator window.
3. Set Up Your Lace Invite in InDesign
Open up Adobe InDesign and go to File > New > Document.
Keep the Intent set to Print, Number of Pages to 1 and uncheck Facing Pages.
Set the Width and Height to 309.846 mm. Keep the Margins at their default width and add a Bleed of 5 mm.
Expand the Swatches panel (Window > Color > Swatches) and click on the New Swatch button at the bottom of the panel. Double-click the swatch to edit it. Set the Mode to CMYK, Type to Process and rename the swatch Navy Blue. Set the levels to C=100 M=86 Y=43 K=46. Click OK.
Take the Rectangle Tool (M) and drag across the whole page to create a square. Extend the edges up to the edge of the bleed and set the Fill Color to Navy Blue.
Expand the Layers panel (Window > Layers) and rename Layer 1 as Background.
Click on the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. Rename the layer LASER CUT – Lace.
Edit > Paste to drop the lace vector onto the page. Center it if needed.
Create a new swatch, this time choosing Spot under Color Type, and set the levels to C=100 M=0 Y=0 K=0. Rename the swatch 100% CYAN.
Select the lace vector, set the Fill Color to