Friday, 24 March 2017

Vicki's Wedding Invitations

Hello, Crafters.

Now Vicki has sent out her wedding invitations, I've been given the go ahead to share! 

You may be surprised at how simple these cards are but Vicki's taste is very much like mine, clean and simple! 

When Leigh and Vicki first came round to discuss what they wanted for their invitations, I explained what the options were and showed some samples of invitations I'd made for previous weddings. 

They decided they'd like a single fold card, with a vellum overlay on the front and either two or three pages inside! 

They also liked a dry embossed double line rectangle to go on the vellum to frame the stamping underneath. 

They saw this idea on one of the previous invites but, on that one, it had a parcel in the middle of it. 

I agreed because it's quite easy to create a dry embossed rectangle on vellum without the need of an embossing folder.........or so I thought!!

Choosing the colour was the easiest part because Cherry Cobbler matched the colour of the men's bow ties perfectly. 

I really needed the Cherry Cobbler Ribbon that was in the Christmas catalogue as a combo with Emerald Envy Ribbon. 

I only had about 10" left and needed 8 rolls! 

I tried Stampin' Up! first and didn't haven't have any joy there. 

I put a shout out to other demos via several different Facebook groups I'm in and only found one person with two partial rolls.

The last resort was my local art shop who were able to order some for me. 

Although the colour is correct, it's not perfect like the Stampin' Up! ribbon would have been!

The three pages inside were going to be the invite, the poem and the directions. 

Vicki agreed she'd create the three documents, save them on a USB stick, so she could bring it over and download onto my laptop.

The reason we planned it this way was that my laptop is connected to two printers, and one of them is a laser jet.
The print quality on this machine is so much better quality than an inkjet machine!

We also both felt that by transferring the document from one machine to another via a USB stick, there wouldn't be any distortion with the font or the layout.

The third page was the map but I couldn't get it to fit without having to forfeit all the margins, which made it look as if i was squeezing it in, which was what I was trying to do! 

We decided to create the directions as an A5 flyer rather than a page. 

Unfortunately, when I had been re-arranging the map to fit it as a page, the church moved to the shopping centre and the car park landed on a block of flats! 

I didn't notice this, fortunately Vicki picked it up after she had collected the invites and the flyers! 

Thank goodness we decided to do it as a flyer and not a page!

Leigh and Vicki chose our Shimmery White Cardstock for the base of their card, and we agreed that we needed a good quality ivory 120 gsm paper for the inside pages as we all agreed that white looked too stark.

Then we started planning the decoration on the front of the card, that would show through the vellum layer. 

I showed them all the options available from SU but as Vicki, unlike her Mum, isn't all flowers, butterflies and cutsie things, I moved onto stamps I had from my pre-SU days!

We found the two intertwined rings with the words "to have and to hold", and then they chose WEDDING INVITATION in a lovely fancy font.

I showed Leigh and Vicki the difference between stamping in Cherry Cobbler Ink, and then stamping in Versamark and Cherry Cobbler Ink combined, sprinkling with Clear Embossing Powder and heat setting. 

They both love the heat embossing! 

Unfortunately, the sentiment stamp was photopolymer and old and started disintegrating after about twenty impressions. 

This was being aggravated by continually washing the stamp as I was inking it up in Versamark and ink before stamping. 
I found another stamp that was very similar but a much better font and I changed to stamping with Cherry Cobbler Ink and heat embossing. 

I found I was getting much better results with a truer colour.

When I tried to dry emboss the triangle, I found that the amount of pressure I needed to get good results was causing the vellum to buckle, so I moved onto plan B.

I found the embossing folder that had the outside recatangle around the parcel, and cut the parcel out. 

I remember seeing Dawn Giffiths doing something similar years ago and it worked a dream and it worked brilliantly for me, too!  

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I missed anything out!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting!



  1. Gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing these lovely invitations Jan :o)

    1. Hi, Audrey. Many thanks. I'm glad you like them! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Wow, awesome wedding invitations! So beautiful and elegant. You should be so very, very proud!!

    1. Hi, Paowens. Many thanks. I was pleased with the way they turned out! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. Oh my goodness! What an amazing job you have done, Jan ... and they are so unique and beautiful! They must be just thrilled! You must be feeling such relief and pleasure all at the same time ... I think you deserve a medal of some sort! Amazing. And thank you for sharing with us and Vicki and Leigh for giving you the go ahead. We've all been waiting, after all. So beautiful!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. Many thanks. Yes,, you're right, pleased and relieved! Vicki and Leigh were very pleased with the result, so that made me happy! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  4. Absolutely beautiful. And I am sure they loved it. You took extra care to see that everything was perfect. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi, Doris. Yes, it was a bit stressful at times but they turned out well, so everyone was happy! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  5. Jan they are so beautiful. i agree clean and simple is best for wedding invitations. you did an amazing job and the font and color is beautiful too. you must all be happy with the result. that is certainly happy crafting.

    1. Hi, Pearl. Many thanks. Yes we were all pleased with the result! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  6. How beautiful they are! I love them with the red color and the beautiful red bows! You did a great job and must be very proud.

    1. Hi, Sheron. Many thanks. I always thought of Cherry Cobbler as a Christmas colour but it worked really well here! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  7. They are beautiful. Hope you can do a video and show us how it all goes together xo 😊

    1. Hi, Julene. I can't believe I didn't think about a video! Many thanks for the suggestion! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.