I asked my 4 bridesmaids (two of my husband's sisters, my best friend from high school, and my best friend from college) to be in our wedding almost exactly two years ago, in January 2011, which was almost a full year before our December 2011 wedding. I wanted it to be special so I made these cards and sealed them in an envelope tied up with twine and a piece of dried lavender. As you can see, this card is a little bit worse for wear--it has done a bit of traveling (she lives in Atlanta and had to retrieve the card from her parents' house in New York) and the gold ink is fading, the dresses are beginning to come off the paper, and it's a little bit crumpled. But I think the homemade/vintage/simple quality is preserved, and that's what I was going for when I made them. I wanted these cards to be sweet and pretty and from-the-heart.
For the bouquet on front, I bought little satin flowers and glued them on the front of the card and drew in the stems. I made the wedding dress out of doilies, and I cut the bridesmaid dress from a piece of ribbon that was similar in color to the actual "rhubarb" dresses. To get the stamp just right, I bought a magnetic stamp alphabet (similar to this) which made it quite easy. I simply lined up the magnetic letters on the magnetic tin and stamped it on the card. I love how the words are relatively lined up but it still has that homemade, "typewriter" look to it.
And they all said "yes!"