Hey, y’all! I’m not actually having a wedding, but someone, somewhere might be in the planning stages, and this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club includes the beautiful “Belle Fleur” Collection from Craft Consortium – perfect for getting your planning into gear!
I made two, slightly different, Save the Date cards; one with rub-on’s and lace, and one with embossing and a paper strip. The invitation has a lot of stamping and embossing, and some faux purple glassine with the details printed on it.
And I may not be getting married, but I couldn’t resist creating these Save the Date cards and the invitation with the beautiful Craft Consortium Belle Fleur line in this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit!
For my “Save the Date” bases, I used some old DCWV glitter cardstock from my stash and cut it to 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” (108mm x 140mm), which is almost an A2 size (4-1/2” x 5-1/2”; 114mm x 140mm), so you could easily get some A2 envelopes to mail them!
I used some small staples close to the edges and some artists tape (washi tape would work too!) to attach my patterned paper to a sheet of plain printer paper – allowing me to print directly on the patterned paper and then I could cut my 6” x 6” patterned paper to the size I wanted and make sure the text was positioned how I wanted it.
I cut my two sheets of patterned paper to rectangles that are about 1/8” (33mm) smaller than the base, keeping my text at the bottom and spaced evenly from the left and right edges. The top and bottom of the card are made from the same rectangle; I just cut it about 2-7/8” (73mm) from the bottom and flipped the top piece over to use the print on the other side!
Before I glued my patterned paper to the glitter cardstock, I decorated the two top rectangles. I did two different Save the Date cards because I thought the ones with the embossing would work for the mass distribution, and the ones with the rub-ons could be kept in the wedding album and given as keepsakes to close friends and family.
For the embossing, I first stamped the rose with some “Royal Purple” StazOn, then topped it with the “Pale Brown” Chalk Ink from the kit and clear embossing powder, twice, like this:
- Chalk Ink
- Clear Embossing Powder
- Chalk Ink
- Clear Embossing Powder
This softened the StazOn some and gave a nice raised emboss. For the strip of paper across the seam, I just distressed the edges with my scissors a little and added some of the “Pale Brown” chalk ink. As soon as I glued everything down, it was done!
After I added the rub-on’s I had chosen for the second Save the Date cards, I added the chalk ink all around them. The chalk ink doesn’t stick to the rub-on’s, and I just added a little water to help clean them gently. Adding the chalk ink really allowed those rub-on’s to stand out by softening the patterned paper around them. Then I just cut my lace to size and glued everything in place.
My invitation is actually much simpler than it might initially appear. I taped some lavender tissue paper to a sheet of regular printer paper and ran it through my printer. When it came out, I grabbed up a can of semi-gloss spray and sprayed both sides of the tissue paper. This not only sealed up the text but created some beautiful faux glassine as well.
I used some sage-colored cardstock from my stash for my invitation base, cut to 5” x 7” (125mm x 175mm), and topped it with a frame I created from two of the pieces of patterned paper cut into trapezoids. To explain this better, I am just going to drop in some images from the video, because I don’t know how to coherently explain it in writing!
Hopefully, the shots from the video are helpful! You can see my trapezoids and the measurements for each of the sides. I used a piece of double-sided tape on the back at the seam to hold them together while I cut the center out.
The cut a 3-1/2” x 5-1/2” (89mm x 140mm) window from the center of my patterned paper trapezoids, then attached it to my cardstock base. If you just want the measurements to center the window – the edges of the window are 11/16th of an inch (175mm) in from the edge of the patterned papers (on all sides). If you want to make sure you are centered with what you’ve been cutting, just find the horizontal and vertical centers of your base and your window template, align them, and trace your template!
After the frame and base were together, I grabbed my stamp platform and started stamping flowers with the “Belle Fleur” stamp set. First I went around with the “Pale Brown” Chalk Ink from this month’s kit and added clear embossing powder. After I had flowers all around in the “Pale Brown,” I came back through and added flowers with my “Royal Purple” StazOn, followed by a duplicate stamping in “Pale Brown,” and then some embossing powder. Much like I did on the “Save the Date” card, except I only added one layer of the chalk ink and embossing powder on top of the StazOn.
After all of my stamping was done, I carefully tore the edges of my tissue paper – using my window template as a guide – added an even layer of glue, and set it in place. When the glue was dry, I added a single line of stitching along the edge.
Thank you for joining me here in my corner, I hope you enjoyed these card examples and they gave you some ideas of what can be made using this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit. You can easily make cards for birthdays, anniversaries, or any special occasion – or you can send someone a “Thinking of You” card.
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