Under the sea invite

Posted by SueJSmith, 24 Jan, 2018

It’s not always necessary to go all-out... but it’s far more fun when you do! Wave goodbye to everyday invites and take a dive into 3D cardmaking with this one-of-a-kind nautical masterpiece. The fun new fishy die set from Xcut offers all kinds of cool creatures to craft with, to make your party the must-go of the moment.

1. Position an A4 sheet of white textured cardstock horizontally and score a vertical line 1.4cm from the left-hand side. Score a second line 6cm from the first. Trim the rest of the sheet off, 1cm away from the last score line, and snip the corners off to form a tab. Repeat with a second piece, making two box sections.

2. Cut a 11 x 8cm aperture in one of the sections, using a craft knife and metal ruler. Stamp ‘Under the sea’ with the Wedding Ever After alpha stamp set, using a clear emboss ink pad. Sprinkle over silver embossing powder, shake off any excess and set with a heat tool. Repeat with ‘Invitation’, 6.5cm up from the bottom.

3. Draw all the black lines with a ruler and a permanent dual-tip pen. Start with a border line, 5mm away from the aperture. Draw a horizontal line 1.5cm up from the bottom, and another 6cm up, with a vertical line between the two. Stamp ‘On’ in the left-hand side and ‘At’ on the right, using a black dye ink pad.

4. Craft a 13.8 x 13.5cm white backdrop panel. Cut 1.5cm strips of blue cardstock and glue 1.5cm apart. Finish with a die-cut wave at the very top. Glue the tab on the front section to the back with a glue stick. Add the background panel on top, covering the tab. Cut two side panels in the same blue cardstock to 5.8 x 1.35cm and fix these inside. Glue the remaining tab behind the front panel.

5. Cut a piece of acetate to measure 13 x 11cm and stick behind the front aperture. Die cut coral in two shades of pink and layer up so they're slightly offset. Glue in the bottom left-hand corner of the aperture. Die cut two more coral pieces and more creatures from the oceanic large dies. Bring them all to life with white eyes, punched from cardstock and finished with a black dot.

6. Craft two 17 x 11cm acetate layers to slot inside. Score 15mm from both ends, folding the tabs in a Z shape and sharpening with a paper creaser. Add more die-cut waves to the top and position the die-cut sea creatures on both. Fussy cut some seaweed and stick them all in place. Punch small holes to look like bubbles. Glue the acetate tabs inside the box. Finish the invite with a die-cut ‘Party’ and extra waves.

Project and how-to instructions by Sue Smith. Project originally published in issue 84 of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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