Place cards are a great tool when your event calls for a specific seating arrangement and it also adds a nice touch to the overall look. When creating place cards, you can make them as simple or as extravagant as you like! My name is Mariann from @madebymariann and I am here to guide you through creating fun place cards for your next event! This guide will offer suggestions that I have created specifically for weddings.
- Vellum Paper
- Zebra Comic G Model Chrome Pen Nib
- Zebra Zensations Double Ended Brush pen (fine/medium tip)
- Calligraphy Ink
- Oblique Pen Holder
- Glue Gun
- Wax Sticks
- Wax Seal Stamp
- Baby’s Breath Flowers
- Choose a desired size for each place card then cut the material. Since there are two layers of material used in this example, the cardstock is cut to 3.5 in. x 1.5 in. and the vellum is cut to 2.5 in. x 1 in. Layer the vellum on top of the cardstock right aligned. Be sure to leave enough spacing to lay the wax on the left of the place card. For additional guidance, place the wax seal stamp for measure before actually placing the wax down.
- Once you are satisfied with the placement of the cardstock and vellum, initiate the placement of wax then quickly place the baby’s breath onto the wax.
- Immediately after placing the baby’s breath stem onto the wax, use the wax seal stamp to press down on the hot wax and let it sit for about 5 seconds. Then, slowly lift the wax seal stamp to reveal the imprint.
- Now you are ready to write on the place cards! For this example, I used calligraphy ink, an oblique pen holder, and the Zebra Comic G nib to write the guests name in calligraphy. The Zebra Comic G nib writes especially smooth on vellum because it is not a textured medium. The ink flows smoothly from the Zebra Comic G nib when using the right amount of ink. Avoid too much ink on the nib as it may create unwanted blobs on your final product. It is advisable to test the ink and nib on paper to ensure the flow is smooth before writing on the place cards.
- Another tool you can use to write on your place cards is by using the Zebra Zensations Double Ended Brush pen (fine/medium tip). This is a great brush pen to use because you have the option to create finer lines with the fine tip or thicker lines with the medium tip. The fine tip is especially useful in brush calligraphy to achieve the thin lines in the upstroke and the medium tip to create bold lines in the downstroke. Overall, the dual tip is a great tool because it gives you options depending on the sizing of your place card, the length of the name, or any additional information you may need to write on the place card such as the table number or dinner entree.
I hope these tips were helpful and gave you the confidence to create place cards for your next event! Please tag me on Instagram - @madebymariann when you recreate this. I would love to see your work!