Something Blue Project 1
DIY Wedding Invitation:
The ‘save the date’ or invitation is the first insight the guests receive regarding the feel and theme of the wedding. The inspiration behind the design was for the invitation to be displayed. To accomplish this I made use of the easel card technique. An easel card is displayed upright and can be stored or send flat by placing it in an envelope or envelope box.
- Crafter’s Companion Spray & Sparkle Gold
- Distress Ink pad in Vintage Photo with an applicator
- Tombow Multi Liquid Glue
- Printed cotton ribbon and Vintage lace
- Small wooden hearts
Paper and Cardstock:
- BoBunny, Baby Bump Collection, Precious
- Simple Stories, The story of us collection, Gold/Dot Stripe
- Bazzil Basics Cardstock, Butter Mints
- Curious Metallic Paper, 120gsm, White Gold
Dies, Digital die cuts, Embossing folders and Other
- Spellbinders, Grand Nestabilities, Grand Decorative Labels One
- Sizzix Sizzlits, Tim Holtz Decorative Strip, Mini Paper Rosettes
- Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Decorative Scallops
- Rolled Rose by Silhouette
- Glue gun
- Martha Stewart Scoreboard
- SW Suzy Q by Samantha Walker
- RR Sweet Calligraphy by Rivka Wilkins
Start with the Bazzil Basics Cardstock, Butter Mints cardstock, which measures 30.5cm x 30.5cm (12” x 12”). Size the cardstock down to a 15.25cm x 30.5cm strip. (Which is halving the 30.5cm x 30.5cm cardstock lengthwise.) I used the Martha Steward scoreboard to create the scorelines, this scoreboard is marked only in inches.
Place the cardstock lengthwise onto the scoreboard and score at the 6” scoreline. This will divide the strip of cardstock into 2 halves. Focus on the left half of the cardstock and score at the 3” scoreline, thus diving the left half into half.
You now have a scored line at 3” as well as 6”. Carefully fold on the scored lines. This forms the easel cards base and stand. Place the card down with the 3” and 6” half of the card facing upwards. Using the left over strip of Bazzil cardstock, cut & size a block measuring 15.25cm x 15.25cm and round the corners with a corner rounder.
Place this square block of cardstock onto the basic easel card, matching the sides and top. I used small pegs to keep my cardstock from moving while applying glue only to the bottom 3” rectangle. Paste the square on top of the glued rectangle. This now forms the basic easel card.
Take the BoBunny Precious paper and size it down according to the measurements of the Spellbinders Label one no:2 die cut. This die cut frame measures 6” (15.25cm). I very carefully sized and secured the die onto the cardstock and cutting plate and ran it through the Sizzix, it was a tight fit so I was very careful. This forms the outer decorative edge of the invitation.
Design and print the invitation wording using the measurements of the Label one no:1 die cut frame. This die cut frame measures 13cm. I designed the invitation in the Silhouette Studio software using both SW Suzy Q by Samantha Walker
RR Sweet Calligraphy by Rivka Wilkins fonts and printed it on the Curious Metallic paper. Place and secure the die cut frame onto the printed invitation and run it through the Sizzix.
Cut a piece of wax paper; place the cut out invitation and outer decorative edge onto the wax paper and distress around all the edges with the Vintage photo distress ink. Lightly ink the square easel block as well.
Place and paste the invitation wording to the larger decorative frame (Note; too much Tombow glue can buckle paper so be sparse in applying the glue to the back of the paper). Paste onto the square easel block. Size and paste a strip of vintage lace at the bottom of the invitation font to create weight.
Open the card. Size the hessian (15.25cm x 4cm), ribbon and a strip of the Simple Stories Gold stripe paper. Place the strip of paper into the border embossing folder that comes with the Decorative Scallops embossing folder and run it though the embossing machine. Distress the strip of embossed paper.Paste the piece of hessian onto the bottom part of the card with a glue gun. Next layer the ribbon on top of the hessian and paste the embossed strip of paper on top of the ribbon/ hessian.
Using a small doily die or a scalloped punch, cut or punch a decorative circle and emboss with the embossing folder. Distress the circle and paste on top of the ribbon/hessian strip. Paste the wooden heart on top of the decorative circle. (The build up embellishment is to secure the easel in an upright position.)
Die cut a mini rosette with either a die or create a rosette using the scoreboard. Size and cut a strip of ribbon for the back of the rosette. Attach the ribbon at the back with a glue gun. Paste a smaller wooden heart on top of the rosette.
Cut roses/ flowers with the Silhouette studio software or use pre-made roses. Roll the rose with a paper quilling tool and glue to secure. Paste the rosette and roses onto the invitation with a glue gun.
Finish the invitation by spraying a layer of glitter using the Crafter’s Companion Spray & Sparkle Gold spray.