2016 DIY Invitation Design Contest Winners

Every year we love seeing hundreds of our customers enter their designs into our Annual Invitation Design Contest, and are always amazed at their creativity! The employees here at Cards & Pockets narrow down the entries to the top 10 and then we let the public vote on the top three.

Here are the Cards & Pockets materials that the 2016 DIY winners used for their winning entries!

Alexandra Dattelbaum – First Place

Alexandra’s bright green and dark blue color palette, map invitation mat and envelope liner, and clean design all work together to make her pocket invitation a modern suite with a vintage twist that’s so fun to look at!

Design Recipe:


Lauren Brucke – Second Place

Lauren created a perfect rustic wedding invitation with her clean, modern design elements, neutral color palette, and woodgrain textured pocket – all tied up with a sweet mountain monogram. We’re smitten with this simple, well-designed look!

“My fiance and I bought a piece of land before we even got engaged. That’s where he asked me to marry him, and we are having our wedding and ceremony in the backyard. Currently we are building and can’t wait to start and build our life together.

We wanted our invitations to be simplistic, show our laid back personalities and also to be focused around the area we will be building a life together. It’s out in the country, with a beautiful mountain view, so that explains the mountains incorporated into our “wedding logo.”

Design Recipe:


Vivian Wei – Third Place


We love Vivian’s unique mix of intricate laser-cut details, beautiful watercolor backgrounds, fun wax seal, and cool, oceanic color palette. All of these elements are combined to make one stunning DIY pocket invitation!

“This wedding invite was designed for my brother and his wife. The wedding and reception were to take place at an aquarium, so I opted for a color theme of blues, aquas, lavender, and silver. There are aquatic themes throughout, with the waves on the envelope liner, the splashes of color on the panel cards, and the squid and octopus squaring off with evil glares on the back of the RSVP card.

The glittery border piece with the Chinese character, ‘Double Happiness,’ was laser cut, and hand mounted to each invite with clear mounting tape pieces that were hand cut to fit the narrow width of the border. This was done to elevate the border from the rest of the invite.”

Design Recipe:


Congratulations to our DIY winners – beautiful work!


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