Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Melissa's Bridal Shower Invites

Melissa’s Maid of Honor, Barbara, gave me assignment of the invitations for her bridal shower. Of course, I was thrilled! "Project!" - Clueless. I’ve been wanting to make invitations. I had to really think about how I wanted to make it. The wedding invitations hadn’t been sent out yet so I didn’t want these to over shadow those. I decided to keep it under 4x6 since I assume the wedding ones will be 5x7. I also had to think about all the embellishments I wanted to use on a card. I love pop dots and I knew I would have to limit or completely eliminate them since we were mailing them. Postage gets expensive!

I found the template on Etsy from pickledoodledesigns. It was $14 to get the template designed. It took about a week but she made all the changes I requested. I had requested for a 3x5 size and so she sent me a JPEG/PNG file -- which I was able to fit 4 invites on a 8 1/2x11 PDF file. Then I sent it to FedEx Kinkos via their website to print on 100 lb cardstocks. Then I cut them out with a paper cutter(borrowed it from work. LOVE this thing! I want to buy it... $70. Really thinking about it!) and layered it on purple Bazzill cardstock. Then I wanted to add some sort of embellishments. So I cut a strip of gray Bazzill carstock and wrapped it around her name and topped it with a circle with her initial. I used MCT stitched circle die. I wanted to heat emboss her initial but I couldn't get the embossing powder to work correctly. (BUT I learned from a visit to Paper Source that if you use Colorbox Pigmented inks, you can heat emboss BEAUTIFULLY!) So for these, I just used a white chalk ink. Of course, I had to use my corner chomper to round the edges.

Even though it was a given that Melissa would be there whether she got an invite or not, I still sent her one anyway. The guest of honor! I wanted her to experience what the guests experienced when they opened it! She loved it! Definitely worth all the work!

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