Searching for a unique, creative design for your (or your child’s) graduation announcements or invitations? Look no further than Etsy, the one-stop shop for all things homemade and hand-designed.
Whether you want colorful, traditional, modern, vintage or something that evokes a “Wow,” the following are the best of the best – the top five Etsy shops for graduation announcements (that you won’t find anywhere else):
1. Natty Sue Designs
One of the most prolific graphic design shops, Natty Sue Designs currently has around 180 items for sale, all varying forms of announcements, invitations and more (about 30 designs relate just to graduation). With designs full of color, bright colors and patterns, many ways to customize, and lots of space for senior photos, this Etsy shop is both funky and classic (and perfect for high school seniors).
Check out their Graduation Dots Announcement, which costs about $12 total for design work. If you purchase your invitations through Natty Sue Designs, you send them your photos and info; they create the design and email it back to you. You pay for the design, then take the image to the printer of your choice.
2. Spilling Beans
This Etsy shop has a look that screams “professional.” If you want the kind of invitations that look like they should be framed and hung on the wall, Spilling Beans is the top shop for you. Each design plays around with cool imagery and typography styles; in a sense, you feel as if you’ve just hired an entire cutting-edge graphic design firm to design your announcements, at a tiny fraction of the cost.
Check out their Graduation Modern Announcement. At $1.50 each, Spilling Beans prints their own high-quality cards, as well as sends you the envelopes. Quite a deal for a modern, one-of-a-kind design.
3. Earmark Gatherings
This Etsy shop wants to “wow” you, as well as those who receive your invitations. Not only does Earmark Gatherings pay attention to a quality design, they put the pizazz in the packaging. See how this top shop mimics an actual diploma, ties it with ribbon, then rolls it up in a tube for shipping in their Graduate Announcements. You can even have paper confetti placed inside in your school’s colors.
Earmark Gatherings makes correspondence an “experience.” Expect to spend about $40 for 10 of these creative, “wow”-inducing invites, pre-inserted in the tubes, and ready to ship.
4. GoGo Snap
GoGo Snap is the top Etsy shop for lovers of all things old-fashioned. All correspondence items are vintage-inspired, with actual vintage imagery printed on each one. These invitations are bound to get people talking, and really set a mood. For kicks, browse their “Save the Date” cards, for some really cool designs that look like they came right out of the forties and fifties.
For a high school (or college) senior, check out GoGo Snap’s 100 Vintage Graduation Announcements. These 5×7″ cards have rounded corners, are printed on both sides and exhibit a vintage illustration of a tight-rope walker (an interesting metaphor for a new graduate). For these impressive, one-of-a-kind announcements, expect to spend about $85 for 100 cards (envelopes not included).
Need we also mention this Etsy shop has over 660 sales, and one of their items – just added five days ago – already has 19 hearts? Just sayin’.
If you’re into the scrapbook look, without the effort, time or creativity to do it yourself, check out this shop which does it all for you. These cards appear to have taken hours to make, by hand, with specialty papers, layers, metal enhancements, photo corners and more – making each a work of art.
Check out 2CuteNot2Share’s Graduation Announcement; for just $4 each, these handcrafted items are a steal (plus, they get more affordable the more you buy).
There you go – ‘the best of’ Etsy shops for all things graduation communication. Whether your personality is more crafty, funky, vintage, traditional, or modern – there’s a perfect invitation waiting here for you.