Did I mention that my son and the Lovely Laura got engaged a few weeks back? It was the most wonderful news the family could have asked for as we all love Laura so much …. and I couldn’t wish for a more wonderful “new” daughter.
(above) Aghhhh, a pile of rejects, mistakes and not quite right efforts trying to get the idea in my head to come together!
The wedding will be in August next year …. and I wasn’t sure if my crafty services would be needed …. but guess what ….. ???!!! So please accept my apologises now, for I fear you may all get heartily sick of the constant wedding theme that will no doubt be running through this blog in the few coming months!
So, it’s going to be a lovely colourful rainbow of a day, “very them” …. and as we were talking Laura told me that when she last visited the hotel where the wedding and reception is going to be, there was beautiful bunting hanging in the courtyard for another wedding, which she loved ….. and that gave me the idea for the “Save the Date” cards……
…… which in the end I decided to doodle, to give them a proper homemade/handcrafted style ….. but you will not believe how hard it was getting the bunting “just so” was! I drew it all in pencil first, but as soon as I went near it with an fine liner pen I would put a line in the wrong place and as a perfectionist had to do it all over again! Once happy with the final result, I scanned the base and calendar parts to make jpegs that could be copied and pasted onto A4 sheets (using Publisher) and then printed, cut out and finally the cards put together.
And here’s what the final cards will look like …. (though I wished I hadn’t photographed it on a green background!) I have mat and layered the base card on green for this example as Laura is toying with an emerald green dress …. but I think I may vary this with colours taken from the bunting. The calendar is fixed in place with an adhesive foam pad for extra dimension. The bunting will be coloured in with Promarkers and sprinkled with Hunkydory Diamond Sparkles ultra fine glitter when I begin my production line. The finishing touches will be made with a few tiny clear flat backed gems scattered here and there, there is one on the date, but it doesn’t show up too well, so that will be changed to a coloured one. I will then attach a strip of magnetic tape to the back, so that it can be put on a fridge etc. to remind the guests to “save the date”!
I hope I have ordered enough of the ivory linen effect card for all the stationary from papermilldirect, prices have gone up, as have so many things. When I first started cardmaking seriously P & P used to be free if you spent over a certain amount, which is why I used to order two Mega Boxes at a time to last me a year or so, I can’t afford to do that now, however their ivory and white linen effect card still remain my favourite card with which to make all my card blanks.