How To Add Shabby Charm To Your Tea Party Invites


 Add your own handmade vintage touch to your next birthday tea party or gathering of friends with these pretty printable invitations. 


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Handmade tea party invitations with a vintage look
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Taking the time to make your own party invites is a joy in itself and such a treat if you can find a spare half hour to indulge in. I’m a fan of not only slowing down but creating something from nothing {call me old fashioned}.

If you’ve a fear of the blank page then I’ve got you covered too with a choice of printables. You can do as little or as much as you want and still achieve impress results - for you and your guests!

You won’t need many materials and the ones that you do are easy to get hold of. So feel free to pick and choose, mix it up a bit and find your own style along the way.


The materials that I’ve used in this tutorial to add some shabby chic embellishments and details.

The materials that I’ve used in this tutorial to add some shabby chic embellishments and details.


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I’ve created two printable versions of these invitations: one is fairly plain apart from my calligraphy whilst the other is decorated with pretty painted florals and vintage textured backgrounds.

You can simply print them out and voila! you’re ready to go or you can inject some paper crafting charm with these easy DIY tips.

I’ll show you some of my favourite ideas of how to use both.

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Beautiful backings

These invites work just as well printed onto card as paper, but you’ll need some additional backing to strengthen them if you’re using copier paper. It not only makes the invitations stronger, but they look pretty too.

I like to back the paper printable onto patterned cardstock by sticking the whole sheet on using a glue stick. This’ll make your edges much neater after cutting the individual invites out and saves you from cutting them out twice.


Distressing the edges

You’ll need a foam pad for application and blending as well as one or two ink pads. Golds and browns will give an aged and shabby chic look.

Working on a piece of scrap paper underneath, press the foam pad into the ink, then blot off the excess on to the scrap. Use light and sweeping circular motions to move from the scrap paper towards the edges of the invitation. Go in as far as you want towards the centre.

It’s a gradual process but the ink will build up creating subtle depth. I love these Tim Holtz Distress Inks for doing just that, especially the mini sets. To take it further, use a darker ink pad staying nearer to the edges and corners.


Rounding corners

I also like to round the corners to soften the look of the invitations and add more of a vintage feel. You can either do this with scissors or by using a corner cutter punch. They’re easily found in craft shops or online and are quite satisfying to use too!

You can get different sizes depending on the angle of curve that you want. I’ve used a small size here and I think it works perfectly.


Letter stamping

Add some hand-stamped loveliness to either the plain or coloured printable; they both work just as well. I just love these alphabet stamps that come in wooden blocks and I used 2 coloured ink pads together to get a distressed look.

It also helps to blot off the excess from your stamp by ‘kissing’ it lightly and quickly on some scrap paper before you apply it to your invite.


Floral stamps

Adding some floral finishing touches with stamps (no artistic skill needed!) to the plain invitations is just what’s needed to bring them to life and give them your own unique look.

Again, blot off the excess first and you can also stamp a second time without re-inking to create a sense of depth as the second stamp will be lighter and look like it’s sitting behind the first. Adding just a bit of foliage to the corners is enough to add some interest and frame the invitation.



This is one of my favourite techniques and it certainly adds a glamorous touch - you won’t need too much of it either to create impact.

Use a normal stamp but instead of ink, use an embossing stamp pad. (You can actually use a normal stamp pad but the colour will come through.) It provides a clear and sticky glue for the embossing powder to stick to. Once you’ve stamped, sprinkle over the powder - I love the ones with a bit of sparkle in, but there are hundreds to choose from.

Shake off the excess onto some scrap paper and return it to the container. You might need to tap the reverse lightly or use a small brush if the powder has stuck where you don’t want it to.

Then, using a heat gun, (I use this exact one here) direct it about an inch away and at an angle so it fixes the embossing powder. You’ll see it go from dull to shiny and it’s magical every time! Your work may warp slightly but can be fixed with some heat on there reverse or a heavy book!


Stickers and pretty embellishments won’t look out of place either but just one or two techniques are enough to add your own look or party theme. Finally write your guest’s names on and all the important details and you’re ready to impress!

I love the idea of using the Carte Postal invite to decorate the table, perhaps with a hand lettered or stamped quote on too.


I’d love to know how you’re going to use your invites so let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading x

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