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Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2009


Congratulations! You've finally picked out the design, typography, color, and paper stock for your invitations. Want extra credit? Spend some time thinking about your stamps and liners. We have two envelope-pushing ideas to take your stationery from standard to first-class.

Lacy Liners
Valentine's Day isn't the only occasion for paper doilies. Fashioned into envelope liners, they look chic, especially when paired with stationery in sophisticated, muted colors. To make, lay a 9-inch square doily face down, with a corner pointing toward you. Center invitation on top. Fold up bottom point, then side points, and finally the top. Insert into envelope. 9-inch square butterfly doily (p78810), Artifacts, Inc., Paper, P.S. Collection cover weight and A7 envelope, Paper Source.

Pretty Postage
Don't mar your invites by sticking a standard-issue stamp on the envelope. To build a cohesive stationery suite, upload your invitation design to a stamp customization website and create your own! (You'll pay around $20 per 20-stamp sheet.) Custom stamps, Zazzle. "Magnolia Blossoms" invitation, from Special Edition Weddings by Julie Holcomb Printers, for stores. Calligraphy, Deborah Delaney, 212-877-8773.

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