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Invitations with Sashes 
Invitations with sashes are elegant looking without having to spend a lot of money. They are also great for mixing and matching different colors and designs of paper. Below are step-by-step instructions for making invitations with sashes. 
Invitations with Sashes

Tools and Materials Needed:
  • 80 lb or heavier background cardstock
  • Overylay paper (either a lighter weight cardstock or vellum)
  • Lightweight paper for the sashes (scrapbooking paper works great)
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Computer and printer
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Free Downloadable Templates:
There are two overlay sheet template, one with a light border lineweight for lighter colored paper and a dark border lineweight for darker colored paper. Each overlay sheet template has two overlay sheets per 8.5" X 11" page. The background sheet template has two 5" X 7" sheets per 8.5" X 11" page. The sash template has five 1.4" X 11" strips and one 1.5" X 11" strip  per 8.5" X 11" page. The background sheet template and the sash template contain three templates of different lineweights. The lightest lineweight should be used for printing on lighter colored paper, while the darkest lineweight should be used for printing on darker colored paper.
  • Once you download the template for the overlay sheets for the invitations, you can personalize/format the text. Images can also be inserted onto the invitations by clicking INSERT and then PICTURE from the top menu in Word. You can then chose an image file or clipart. Once the image is inserted, you can then right click on the image and click on FORMAT PICTURE. Under the LAYOUT tab select BEHIND TEXT under the wrapping style. Click OK. Now you can move the image to where you would like it. 
  • Next you can print all the invitations. 
  • You will then need to download the background sheet layout and sash template. Once they are dowloaded, print all the background sheets and sash templates.
  • Once the overlays, background sheets, and sash templates are printed, you can cut them all out. It takes a lot less time to cut the invitations if you use a paper trimmer for the straight edges.
  • Now you can overlay the overlay sheets on top of the background sheets. I recommend using the Herma Dotto Permanent Adhesive Dispenser, however, you can use spray adhesive, glue sticks, rubber cement, etc. to adhere the sheets together. Apply the adhesive you chose to the overlay card, and match up the overlay card to the markings on the background sheet. Press evenly over the overlay card so the whole card adheres to the background sheet.
  • Now the sashes can be attached to the invitation. Put the invitation upside down and center the sash. Fold one end down, and put  adhesive on the last inch of the end that was folded down. Next fold the other side down onto the part of the sash that the adhesive was applied to. Press down on the sash to make sure it has adhered to the other end.
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