when i first had the idea for a secret decoder invitation, i wasn't sure if it could be DIY-ed, so i googled around a bit and then i saw this! exactly what i had in mind. once i knew it could be done, i got to work making my own card and background pattern.
the design of the invitation is simple--a big number 9 outlined in cyan, followed by the party details (also in cyan). the background is designed in shades of red and light red. if you look closely you can see it is made up of tiny letters a to z, all jumbled up to form a pattern.
to print the invitation, i used a regular ink jet printer and ran the paper through twice--first to print the party info and again to print the background to encrypt it.
the secret decoder glasses are another DIY using this template, cardstock, and some red cellophane from the craft store.
i know you are itching to send a secret message of your own, so i'm offering the background as a free download. happy decoding!
(psst...more details about olivia's Ghostwriter birthday party to come!)
edit: see the rest of the party here.