Inspired by the Invite

Today two lovely friends of mine are getting married.  We met them years ago playing social netball and at that time Jason was NEVER getting married.  Well, like many men, he grew up (or gave in to the nagging!), so I’m excited to be a witness when Jason makes an honest woman of Ciara.  The wedding is in my hometown (about 2 hours from where I live now), so I get to go home and spend the weekend with my parents, which is an added bonus!  And even cooler that’s it’s the Easter weekend because there will chocolate!!!

Anyway, back to the card making.  Whenever I make a wedding card for a wedding I’m going to, I always try and incorporate the invite design in some way.  Often I’ll use the actual invite to make the card (as I’ve done today).  Wedding invites usually include pretty bling, awesome patterned paper and great cardstock – so they are a great foundation for a beautiful card.  Where possible, I’ll use the same colour theme.  Sometimes I’ll copy the style of the invite.  I often wonder if people notice the similarities between my card and their invite.  I think it’s a cute & personal touch and gives me great inspiration for a unique design.

For Ciara & Jason, I’ve followed with their cream & navy theme and used the bling in the centre of the card, the pattern paper in the lattice and the glimmery cardstock for the hearts.  For this card I’ve pulled some retired embellishments out of the vault.  I wouldn’t say I’m a hoarder … but I do find it hard to part with my lovely Stampin’ Up! collection, even when it’s retired.  So, I was lucky to have some Night of Navy ribbon and Vanilla Flower Trim in my stash to complete the look of the card.  And I’m so happy with the result!

Because there is nothing ‘standard’ about this beautiful card, I used the Envelope Punch Board to make a custom size envelope.  My card size is 5 & 1/4″ square with raised embellishments.  Using the Box Buster kindly created & shared by the Crafty Owl, I was able to input my measurements and have it tell me what size cardstock to use and where to punch on the EPB.  Keep in mind: unlike the measurements on the Envelope Punch Board that allow a 1/8″ border around the edge of your card, the Box Buster doesn’t have any border.  So add 1/4″ to your measurements before entering.  [For this card: depth – 5 & 1/2″, width – 5 & 1/2″, height – 0 & 1/4″].

Happy “I Do Day” Ciara & Jason!  Kelly x

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Bigz Die: Lattice

Embossing Folder: Beautifully Baroque

Punches: Heart to Heart (retired), Small Heart

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy

Extras: Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Adhesive: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

 

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