Let's Party Invitiations

Posted by KatieSkilton, 13 May, 2015

Party invitations are always a fun project to create and as they are often made in batches, it is important to start with a design in mind. Once you have the design, whether you are making them all identical or each a little different, this will definitely help with the process. My basic design here was to have a large circle as a base to frame my ‘gorjuss girl’, with a banner behind. The Santoro A4 Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack is the perfect product when creating a batch as it is jam-packed with papers and elements that will make a huge number of invitations and of course, the packaging has been designed with recycling in mind with extra toppers and tags to use. Most importantly, by making them all from the same kits, the invitations have a coherent style and a lovely, professional finish. The new cards and envelopes pack contains 12 co-ordinating cards with 12 printed envelopes and so make a wonderful starting point. Simply by adding embellishments and ribbons, the invitations gain a luxury feel and will be something the recipient is not only excited to receive, but will want to keep. For these invitations I have taken my basic design and each time changed the character and the ribbon embellishments so although they all have a co-ordinated look, they are also each unique. Steps: 1. Ink the edges of a 6 x 6" card blank with chocolate dye ink. Die cut the largest nesting circle from co-ordinating patterned paper and ink the edges. 2. Die cut an 8 x 8cm nesting square, small enough to fit inside the circle, in a paper that co-ordinates well with the card blank and ink the edges. If using the 'Purrrrrfect Love' character, a die-cut square is not needed. 3. Cut an 8 x 4cm strip of contrasting paper. Ink the edges of the paper strip and adhere a length of ribbon or pink lace trim across the top, using a small amount of glue from a glue gun on either end of the trim. Using 3D foam dots, adhere the square panel to the centre of the circle, over the paper strip. Choose a die-cut character that co-ordinates with the papers, ink the edges and adhere in the middle of the square. If using the 'Purrrrrfect Love' character, adhere directly to the ribbon strip, making sure it sits in the middle of the die-cut circle. If using the ‘Twinkle’ character, first adhere her on a die-cut tag with 3D foam dots. 4. Using your PC, type the sentiment ‘You’re invited to a party’ on cream textured cardstock. Trim the sentiment into a pennant and ink the edges using chocolate dye ink. 5. Using a glue gun, adhere a brass heart charm to the side of the sentiment or the die-cut image. Add a glass effect charm, pennants or other embellishment to the side of the images. 6. Add adhesive stones on opposite sides of the circle, choosing a colour that co-ordinates well with the papers and character used. Start in opposite corners of the square to ensure they are evenly distributed, using large stones in the centre and spreading out to smaller ones at the edges.

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