Monday, December 27, 2010

Vellum Bridal Shower Invitations

A view of the first version of this bridal shower invitation -- I changed the heart later (see pictures below). 
Another view of the first version of this bridal invitation -- I changed the heart in the middle (see below)
Close up of the bottom embossed area of the vellum paper (with the updated heart)

Close up of the embossed areas of the vellum paper and the pearls and updated heart

Here is the second invitation I designed for my future niece's bridal shower.  Wasn't sure if my sister wanted a more "traditional" look or a vintage look (my previous post).  This invitation also uses the color purple as the base.  I then cut a piece of floral cardstock (mint, purple, pink colors) and used it as the focal point in the center of the card.  I then took a sheet of vellum paper and ran it thru my Big Shot to emboss it with the tiny birds, vines, etc.  I cut that down to fit over the printed paper to give it a more muted look.  I colored the embossed areas of the vellum with chalks to soften the appearance.  I attached the vellum to the top of the printed card stock using special vellum tape.  A notch was punched in the left side of the papers and a sheer purple ribbon was laced thru and knotted.  I then took a piece of vellum and ran it thru the Big Shot using my embossed heart die cut, punched a heart from the purple card stock, layered the two and placed in the middle of the card front.  I also added six tiny pearls to the embossed vellum paper to make it more elegant.  I think it is the perfect finish touch!
It took me some time to get everything the way I wanted it to be, removing parts and pieces, replacing them with other embellishments until I finally liked the end result!

Vintage Bridal Shower Invitations

Vintage Bridal Shower Invitation

Close up of vintage lace and embossed button

Close up of embossed heart lock, torn edges, and verse underheath

Close up of embossed key and scalloped edge border

I have been asked to design invitations for my future niece's bridal shower.  I wasn't sure what type of "theme" my sister would like, so I started out using the vintage look 9my favorite!).  The wedding theme color is purple, so I wanted to use that somewhat in the invitation without being overpowering.

I ran heavy gold metallic card stock thru my Big Shot machine to cut out and emboss the "trinkets"; I then used brown ink to distress them and give them a "tarnished" look.  Found a piece of antique lace to give some texture to the card.  I also stamped the verse "love" and placed it underneath the top left corner of the vintage papers that I had pieced together.  I then ripped the top left edge of the vintage papers to expose the verse underneath, curling the paper and distressing all edges to give it a more vintage appearance.  I also used a scalloped border punch to bring attention to the right border, also distressing this area.  I was happy with the results!  Time consuming, of course, but well worth it!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Card Luncheon Workshop

Blue snow globe with embossed snowflake background paper
 I held four Christmas card luncheon workshops during the first few weeks of December.  There were about twelve ladies that participated in total, most coming on multiple days.  What a great way to spend our lunch hour, playing with glue, paper,  and glitter! 
Feather tree embellished with mini buttons; background is embossed and sanded  Coordination paper

Embossed background using mat board; fabric poinsettia flower buttons

Watercolor snowman with crushed glass glitter for snow effect

Watercolor vintage tree embellished with crushed glass glitter

Show globe with snowflake embossed white background

Christmas Card Workshop Class

Vintage Bells
 Here are the cards we made at an evening Christmas Workshop one evening after work.  We had nine ladies participating, lots of great snacks and loads of fun!

Gold waffle paper with embossed background

Corner photo punches define stamped image

Stamped image on top of printed paper

Love the gold chunky glitter effect

Ribbon makes this look like a vintage package

Love the gold chunky glitter around the stamped image edges

Poinsettias stamped, colored, and layered on top of each other...with gold chunky glitter; lots of layers!Decision Points