How to Make Artist Palette Invitations


Herald your coming party with an attention-grabbing invitation to pique the interest of your potential guests. If your party revolves around an artistic or creative theme, an artist's palette invitation makes for a bright and bold way to spread the news. It doesn’t require the skills of Picasso to make your own invitations, just a little ingenuity and some craft supplies. By making them yourself, you can save the bulk of your budget for the party.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Oval stencil
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Heavy card stock -- 8.5 by 11 inches
  • Acrylic craft paints
  • Paint marker or regular marker
  • Make a cardboard template the size you want the invitation to be. The shape of an artist palette can vary. Make it oval for simplicity’s sake, or shape it like a kidney bean to give it more character. Use a stencil or draw it freehand. Sketch shapes on cardboard with a pencil until you draw a palette shape you like. Then cut it out.

  • Put a 1-inch oval stencil on the cardboard palette for the artist’s thumb-hold hole. The thumb hole is usually near the lower-left corner of the palette. When you’re satisfied with the placement, trace the oval and cut it out.

  • Fold a sheet of card stock in half. Make a sharp crease using your fingernail. This will be the fold of your card.

  • Lay the cardboard palette template on the card stock, so the top edge of the template hangs off the folded edge of the card by about 1/2 inch. Trace the palette shape and thumb-hole oval on the card stock. Cut out the shape and the thumb hole.

  • Dab paint splotches in different colors on the palette around the left and upper side. Make each paint splotch a different color. Let them dry.

  • Use a paint marker to write on the center of the card cover, “You’re invited!” Let it dry.

  • Open the invitation and write your message about the party inside.

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