Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Iron Craft 17: The Wedding Challenge

This week's Iron Craft Challenge was the kick in the butt I needed to start thinking about wedding invitations for my father-in-law's wedding. I used My Digital Studio to help them design Save the Date cards, but I want to be a little more hands-on with the invitation. Here's a first draft of an invitation and favor box. I have a lot of Basic Black cardstock that I bought in the Clearance Rack last summer, so I went with a classic ivory and black color scheme. If they decide they want more color, I may have to revamp this a little. I'm sure I'll be posting more drafts and samples as we go.


The favor is quick and easy using the Bitty Box & Envelope XL die and the Big Shot. I cut a 1-3/8" Circle from a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder (in the Big Shot) and added a pearl in the center.


This classic and simple invitation was inspired a sample and technique shared by Tami White at our Spring Into Stamping meeting earlier this month. I have seen people cut (GASP!) their embossing folders to do partial embossing like this. If you want to keep your folder intact and get the same effect, try Tami's tip. Cut a piece of chipboard the shape of the design that you want to show up on your project. I cut a piece of embossed cardstock as a guide. Then, tape the chipboard to the front of the embossing folder. Line up your printed invitation and send in through the Big Shot.

There is a change in the "sandwich" that you'll use to emboss it. Instead of two cutting pads, close all the tabs on the Multi Purpose Platform, place the embossing folder directly on the platform (no pad underneath) and then place one pad on top. The chipboard completes the needed thickness and embosses that side of the folder.



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8 comments:

Nance said...

I love everything about these, Julie! Thanks for sharing the chipboard embossing trick--love how it looks on the edge and the favor boxes are perfectly clean and elegant. Just lovely! TFS!

Alicia said...

What elegant looking invitations!! I am sure they will totally love them! *Hugs*

Nancy B. said...

Hi Jules-
These are very classy. Great job- thanks for sharing. Makes me wish I had a wedding to plan for so I could CASE them! :)

Christina said...

beautiful!!!!!

Angie said...

I LOVE these! Stop designing because you have a winner:)) Well, no don't stop designing because I'm curious as to what else you have up your sleeve, lol! Everything about about these are so elegant!!! I wanted to pop by to let you know that I posted a little something about you on my blog tonight. **Don't freak out-it's good stuff:)**

Julie Marshall said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing this technique. I've never done it...but will now ;)

Julie D said...

I'm thinking I need to buy more embossing folders!!

Samantha Rossi said...

I love these!! A few brides want me to make samples for them, do you have any pointers?