Layered Wedding Invitations: All About Adhesives

You’ve spent some serious change on wedding invitation printing. They’re beautiful! Maybe you want to add a backing layer to add some pizzazz, or perhaps you want to paste them on an enclosure. I’m willing to bet you don’t want to ruin them with the wrong adhesive. Read on for some very important tips that will help save you some tears and money.

Invitation Adhesive Don’ts
I can’t stress enough how important it is not to use anything water-based to adhere your invitations. In other words, NO GLUE! You don’t want anything that will be messy or will cause ripples on your gorgeous invitations. I also don’t recommend glue dots unless they are flat. The ones that are more tape-like are fine, but any glue dot that is raised at all will leave you with a bumpy effect that you don’t want. However, keep in mind that you want whatever you use to adhere them to be around the entire edge of the piece to avoid gaps. With glue dots, this could take a lot of product and a lot of time.

Lastly, do not use spray mount. I love the stuff, but if you’ve ever used it, you know it can be messy, and can often leave a film or residue on everything in a several feet radius, including your precious invitations.

Invitation Adhesive Do’s
To adhere your invitations to a backing layer or enclosure in a flat/non bumpy, secure way, I recommend two products:

Scotch Brand Double-Sided Tape

This tape is both flat and secure—once it is adhered it is not going anywhere. It won’t add any texture/bumpiness like glue dots, and it won’t ripple or ruin your invitations like water. There is no mess or residue left like spray mount.

To adhere, just apply the tape in four pieces all around the edge of the invitation and follow instructions below.

Scotch Brand Tape Roller

If you have a lot of invitations, it may be worth it to invest in the Scotch Brand Tape Roller. It gives the same nice effect as the double-sided tape above, but can make the process a lot quicker.

To adhere, just roll the tape around all four sides of the back of the invitation and follow instructions below.

Instructions for Adhering Invitations to Backs
Whether using double-sided tape or a tape roller, once you have your adhesive on all four sides of your invitation, hold it slightly above the backing layer and center it by sight (while still holding it in the air above the backing layer). Once you are satisfied it is positioned so the border looks even on all sides (I recommend invitations be sized .375″ smaller than your backs), press down and smoothe. Keep in mind, this is usually a one shot deal. It will likely ruin the invitation to pull it off and redo. That can be daunting, and you may need to practice a bit, but once you have gotten it down it really is fairly easy if you have a steady hand and a good eye.

Please note, the border on your layered invitation will never be 100% even— but don’t get crazy about it. I can assure you your guests will not be bringing out their ruler to check, and will likely never notice. Another thing to note, the larger your border (the greater the difference in size between the two pieces) the less noticeable a slightly off-center invitation will be. In other words, if your invitations aren’t centered perfectly on the backing layer, an 1/8″ border will be more obvious than a 1/4 inch border.

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