A young couple in our church, whose family I have known for many years, is getting married. I stepped up and told them I would make their wedding invitations as my gift to them if they would like to have me do so.
They came to me about two weeks ago and were ready to begin. They had already been married in a private ceremony at a place called Deception Pass Park and they wanted invitations to the formal wedding and reception to reflect that atmosphere of trees, water and mountains.
My thought immediately went to the Waterfront stamp set from Stampin' Up! I had made some sample cards for a workshop I had done so I showed them those and they really liked them. They picked the Always Artichoke green as the green they wanted and the rest I chose. Smokey Slate for the mountains, Soft Sky for the water and Crumb Cake for the land.
Okay, we've got the basic idea. Now, to figure out what they would actually look like and how to lay them out. I went on line and found an idea for the base card shape.
I was going to cut them from the Always Artichoke card stock but I decided it was just too solid of a color. I wanted more variation so I decided to use a brayer and ink the Whisper White Thick card stock bases. I cut the base card 5.5 x 11 then scored it at 4.25 and 8.5. This left a section that would become the flap. To create the flap I measure the half way point across, 2 1/8 and made a light mark, then measured down from the end 1" and made a mark on each edge. Then I just used scissors to cut from the center point out to the 1" marks. One other thing I did after they were cut out I used the paper trimmer to cut 1/16" off the right hand edge so that when the card was folded it would lay flat.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the printed portions of the invites. I created RSVP, Information and Gift Registry inserts and used print and cut to cut them out as well as the pocket piece for them which measures 4.25 x 3 with the V in the center one inch deep. The sizes were: RSVP 5 1/8 x 3.5, the Information card 4 5/8 x 3.5 and the Gift Registry card 4 x 3.5. The invite card is the standard 4 x 5.25. These I placed the printing so that I could just cut them with my Paper Trimmer at 4.25 and 5.5 that way I could get four to a page and make good use of my card stock. I also used the Silhouette print and cut to print and cut the belly bands 2 x 9.5.
Next was the stamping. I made a lot of work for myself here because I felt everything needed to be stamped with the scene. I calculated that I would be stamping each image a total of 500 times. This times the number of images mean I stamped at least 2000 times. And, actually more because I had to stamp the ground more than once. Oh well, it was what I wanted to do to make them special.
Here are all the pieces laid out ready to begin assembly. I used Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue to glue the belly bands so they wouldn't pull apart. The pocket for the inserts I used 1/8" double sided tear tape on the two sides and bottom. The invite piece is attached using Snail or Tombow.
And here is the inside and outside of the finished product. I think they turned out perfectly and the couple thought they were awesome too and that is what it is all about.
I am so blessed to be able to use my tools and supplies as a ministry to others.
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