DIY watercolor + glitter wedding invitations, rsvp & name cards

Hello there Zesty friends!

Kaylee here, and I think it’s about time that I give y’all another DIY project. As if your summer isn’t busy enough! Well if you’re planning a wedding, looking for ideas, or just trying to give that special someone the HINT, you’ve come to the right place.


Here’s the story: the Zest it Up girls have recently completed a collaborative inspiration shoot for a watercolor themed wedding (photos coming soon!). We have been hard at work creating fresh pastel whimsy beauty, and I want to share with you a simple DIY tutorial on the invites, RSVP, and name cards we made. This isn’t strictly for weddings- you could also use this technique for birthday parties, holidays, anniversaries, menus, or anything else you can think of that has paper and text.

Because these are watercolor inspired invites, what better place to look for watercoloring techniques than the most crafty site I know?! Check out how Miss Zest herself, Sam, created our Zest it Up logo – the same technique I used for all my invites. Click here to see how its done!

Oh, and if you think you can’t watercolor, just know that I had never seriously tried to watercolor before this project. Surprisingly, its not hard at all if you’re just going for a background like this.


After a few test paintings, I chose my favorites and scanned them onto my computer  so I could use them for as many invites/name cards/ rsvp cards as I needed. This will save you a lot of time instead of painting a gazillion papers!

I used Adobe CS6 Photoshop and Illustrator for my invites, but with simple text you really don’t need an advanced program at all. The watercolor is charming enough! You can download an endless number of fonts at It is quite literally one of the best websites to ever happen to me. Its like Pinterest for fonts… Addicting!


Let’s get started! Apart from your invites, here’s what you need…


Are you with me so far? Great!

I took a standard envelope and using an advanced form of glue in the shape of a stick (aka a gluestick) I pasted in some of the decorative watercolor paper I made. A few snips of the scissors and it fit right inside. Amazing what a difference something that simple can make!

IMG_2350Now its time for the glitter and glam! Take 2 paper plates and pour a big blob of Elmer’s glue onto one and your glitter onto the other. Next, gently dip your envelope into the glue around the rims of the paper. See pictures below.

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You can see above that there is a fine little line of glue around the edge of the paper. As my Mema used to say to me, “a little dab will do ya” (aka: you don’t need much glue). Now do the same thing again only this time, dip the paper into the glitter.


I used this same technique to glitter the rims of the invitations, RSVP cards, and name cards. I mounted the invites, etc. onto standard scrapbooking paper (cardstock, construction paper, or any kind of paper will do) just to give them an added sophistication. I mean hello, this is a wedding. We are sophisticated Zesters up in here!



Here’s what the invite looks like mounted and glittered. I even added some glitter to the heart using a gluestick instead of Elmer’s glue for more precision. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to make wet, drippy glue go where you want it to, but I’ll save you the trouble and tell you it doesn’t. Hooray for gluesticks!


Now that you’re a glitter master, the name cards will be a breeze. Mount them and glitter them as you did with the invites. Hardest part? Folding them in half!


Tah-dah! An entire set of adorable watercolor + glitter wedding invites, RSVP cards, and name cards. Who would have thought it would be this easy?


shine on you crazy diamonds,