DIY gold envelope edge

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DIY gold envelope edge

Bachelorette party. Check. Now back to wedding preparations! A few weeks ago my friends, my fiancé, and I went to town assembling our wedding invitations. While the actual invites themselves turned out better than I had imagined, I had an inkling that the envelope backs needed some love. Yes, the backs. Now, I know normal people probably don’t pay much attention to the back (I’m a little nutty when it comes to the details), but I feel that it’s a nice surprise to do some thing fun there, that makes it feel like a completed package. In comes the gold spray paint.. exactly what it needed. Here is an easy DIY that transforms regular envelopes into something extraordinarily fancy!

DIY gold envelope edge

First up, gather your materials.. 1. gold spray paint. I used Rust-oleum Specialty Metallic. 2. double stick tape (just a smidge) and your envelopes. Mine were from Paper Source (I think they discontinued the blush color I used though). The texture and weight of these envelopes were nice and made it quite easy to spray with a clean edge, and pop the top envelope mask off while not ripping the bottom one.

So really, this is pretty simple. You grab an envelope to use as the mask, and just put a small piece of tape at the point and at each side of the envelope underneath. Just enough to secure the mask so when sprayed, the edge stays put. You can make the edge as wide or short as you want.

DIY gold envelope edge

In a well-ventilated area (like outside), spray a light coating over the edge (I had rubber gloves on when I sprayed them). Let it dry for just 20 seconds or so.

DIY gold envelope edge

Then carefully peel the mask off and voila! a perfect glowing, gold edge!

DIY gold envelope edge

When you see how beautiful it turns out, you’ll want to do it to every envelope you send.

I can’t wait to show you the rest of our invitations!

xx, Amanda

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Laura Coggins (@_lauracoggins) on Aug 2, 2012

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Summer on Aug 2, 2012

Stop it right now with your genius. You've got to be kidding me!

MaeMae Paperie on Aug 2, 2012

WHAT WHAT WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! brilliant and stunners.

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lori yohe on Aug 2, 2012

i LOOOOOVE this. so brilliant and SO worth it.

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Sara - Confetti Sunshine on Aug 2, 2012

Gorgeous! I already want to do it to all the envelopes I send out.

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Naushin on Aug 2, 2012

Genius!!! I must try this!

Jaymee on Aug 2, 2012

OH MY GOSH! those are beautiful amanda!! cannot wait to see your wedding invites!

(@clubwedd) (@clubwedd) on Aug 2, 2012

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David on Aug 2, 2012

Anyone use mobile or digital wedding invitations out there? Also, if you're in St. Louis and want a great place to host a wedding reception, look up Heart Banquet Centers.

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(@100LayerCake) (@100LayerCake) on Aug 2, 2012

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Lauren O'Neill on Aug 2, 2012

I'm just going to second MaeMae ; ) Love that your nails match too!!

Lorna (@lornas_cakery) on Aug 2, 2012

"@100LayerCake: Amanda's sharing a super cute DIY project to glam up your envelopes: http://t.co/M0TlLCVh"

Domestica on Aug 2, 2012

So cute, have to try!!

Peggy on Aug 2, 2012

LOVE THIS!!!!!

kate on Aug 2, 2012

What a pretty idea! I love this!! velvetcupcakes

Alana on Aug 2, 2012

So pretty!!!!

Lizzy B Loves (@LizzyBLoves) on Aug 2, 2012

Beautiful effect w/ the spray-painted edge on these envelopes!!! Love it...must try. http://t.co/CNeVdwsX via @100layercake

Erin Murphy on Aug 2, 2012

Where did you get those stamps? I love them!

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Lauren on Aug 2, 2012

Wow this looks so pretty! I love it!

(@100LayerCake) (@100LayerCake) on Aug 2, 2012

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(@wwwladymagnolia) (@wwwladymagnolia) on Aug 2, 2012

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Wendy {Wendy Bell Designs} on Aug 3, 2012

What an absolutely fantastic idea! These could be made in any colour to match any invitations...hmm, sorry but I might be stealing this! ;-)

Ewie on Aug 3, 2012

Oh such an easy & cute idea! <3 I'm in love with it!

Erin B on Aug 3, 2012

I LOVE THIS! Such a great idea- thanks for sharing it with us!

Jessica on Aug 3, 2012

This is fantastic!!! Love easy stuff like this!!!

(@TimDuncanEvents) (@TimDuncanEvents) on Aug 4, 2012

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Mary Lynn on Aug 6, 2012

I have to admit that when my daughter got married, I would have done this for her invitations, although to be fair, I think my husband would have had me committed at the idea of spray painting the envelopes. He was going nuts when I hot gluing beads to her flip flops.

Grace on Aug 6, 2012

This idea is fabulous. Did you have any problems with the gold rubbing off onto other things???

Leah McGregor on Aug 8, 2012

This is a super cool idea! I have just starting using spray paint for some of the jewellery I make and it is such an easy way to provide a pop of colour or that nice metallic sheen you have got going on there. I can just see myself doing something like that too - love a good crafty project!

Phoebe on Aug 9, 2012

Looks lovely! Another thing you can do to speed up the process is to layer multiple envelopes at a time. Then place your "mask" envelope on top and spray away! You can do 10 at a time and just keep using the same envelope on top.

esther on Aug 14, 2012

Hey Amanda, Just wanted to know which Paper Source you got the blush envelopes from - I know that they discontinued this color but I managed to buy the cardstock...however, they had no more blush envelopes at my location and I was wondering if I should call around to ask for them! Please feel free to email me!!! Thanks so much for all your help!

Frances on Aug 14, 2012

For those interested in using unused vintage postage stamps to mail their wedding invitations, Treasurefox on Etsy has pre-packaged themed sets of vintage postage stamps that are great for all kinds of mailings not just weddings. If you need larger quantities for mailings then are listed in the store you can either get additional sets of the groups already in the store or contact them and they will put together a custom order based on your wedding themes. http://www.etsy.com/shop/treasurefox?ref=pr_shop_more&view_type=gallery

Devin McGowin on Aug 15, 2012

Thank you so much for this lovely idea! I can't believe that I had all of the materials on hand for this. It works like a charm if you follow the directions and use double sided tape. I tried it first without the tape and messed up but when I put the tape on as instructed it worked so nicely. I love this technique a lot. Thanks again.

100layercake on Aug 20, 2012

Hi Esther, I got my envelopes from a Santa Monica location, but they have no more.. and have discontinued this color. You might try some searches online. Good luck! Grace, I did not have any problems with the spray paint rubbing off. Since it's actually paint, it stays on like any other spray paint would. Have fun! xx, Amanda

Jorina on Aug 21, 2012

Great idea, it looks so stylish!

Jessica London on Dec 4, 2012

Stunning Photos!

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