DIY World Party Day Invitation w/Amy from Pikaland!

March 19, 2012

Hi everyone! Welcome to the first in our series of World Party Day tutorials! We are thrilled to have such talented contributors over the next two weeks to get us prepared for our celebrations on April 3rd. From food to favors to decor to parties-on-the-go, some of our favorite bloggers and artists will be sharing their ideas for a good time. If you haven’t already, check here for more info, visit our Tumblr and Pinterest, and sign up for more WPD goodies.

Amy is the brains behind the ultra-popular Malaysian-based illustration blog, Pikaland, and is here to share her tutorial on how to make your own woven paper invitation. We interviewed her last August and are excited to have her back. She’s busy with all kinds of great projects, including Camp Pikaland and Pikabooks, and you can also follow her on both TwitterPinterest. Without further ado….let’s get the party started!

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Hi everyone! This is Amy from Pikaland and I’m going to show you how to create your own party invitations in conjunction with World Party Day!

For the past few days, I’ve been smitten with weaving – I’m reading up on lots of tutorials after I picked up a hand-weaving kit for kids at a vintage market last week and I’ve decided to implement a simplified version of weaving for my invitations. I love art and illustrations that have a crafty, hand-made quality about them, and so paper weaving seems like a perfect backdrop to the project! I had scraps of paper from the Good to Know zines lying around (I cut up those colorful bands by hand) and decided to put them to good use.

Materials: Strips of paper, box cutter, steel rulers (avoid plastic ones as you might cut yourself!), a scanner, printer and a computer with graphic software (I used Adobe Photoshop).

Step 1: Cut out strips of paper – they don’t have to be the same width, just make sure that they’re straight. I use a grid-cutting mat so I can get more precise cuttings without measuring.

Step 2: I start weaving them together! This is pretty easy – the trickiest part is at the beginning when you weave the first few vertical and horizontal lines, but after that it’s simple as pie!

Step 3: Once I finish, I scanned them into Adobe Photoshop (don’t worry if they’re a little warpy or inconsistent – it just adds to the beauty of it!) I’ve also added some simple elements to complete the invitation. I resized it to 5″ x 7″ , and the font I used for the “You’re Invited” is Sail and as for the details, I used Quicksand, both of which you can download from Google fonts.

Step 4: I print the invitation out on thick Conqueror paper and cut away the edges (this is especially if the printer you have doesn’t have an option for border-less printing! I decided that I liked a little white border around my invitation and just trimmed around it so that it’s consistent.

I’m including a hi-res downloadable PDF where I omitted the party details (the one in the example has details for the world party day!) so you can just fill them out with your very own party details with a white pen (or you can use colorful pens with opaque gel inks).

Have fun!


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3 Responses to DIY World Party Day Invitation w/Amy from Pikaland!

  1. Roni J. on March 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Hey! I followed the link from Pikaland, because I trust Amy. If she loves you then I will probably love you too. I adore your layout. The bright colors and graphics are very inviting. I also really like the BIG STORY page, quite quirky!

    I’ll be back. Great collab post! <3

    • rrrebecca on March 22, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Hi Roni- so glad you made it over here! Amy is awesome, as this tutorial clearly proves. Hope you come back to see the rest of the tutorials over the next few weeks, we have a lot of good stuff coming up :) rebecca

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