Thursday, January 21, 2010

Invitations using You Rock paper

I have a great party coming up with a wonderful hostess and I wanted to make some invitations that would really reflect her personality. Having Close to my Heart parties is all about friendships and so this card uses the wild colors of You Rock but the sweet friendship title and butterflies from Friendship's Flight. I made a lot of cards (21) at once so you'll see most of these cards in groupings.

Cut your papers as follows:

White cardstock - 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" card base, folded in half and attach card front to it when finished
Cardstock color of your choice from You Rock pack (Indian corn blue, outdoor denim, goldrush) - 5 1/2" by 4 1/4"
Pattern paper - 2" by 4 1/4"
Cardstock of same color as above - 1 3/4" by 4 1/4"
White cardstock - 2" by 2"
Outdoor denim pattern paper - 1 3/4" by 1 3/4"

Distress all with outdoor denim ink and a sponge tool.

Round the two corners on the right hand side of the card front with a corner rounder.

Using your trimmer's groove and a dry embossing tool, emboss two lines 1/2" apart from side and from each other around all four outer edges as shown. Sand with sandpaper block.

Glue pattern paper strip under the second embossed line from the top.

Emboss cardstock strip with four lines and sand. These can be random lines. Attach cardstock strip directly in the middle of the pattern paper strip.

Using goldrush ink and a butterfly base stamp (two step stamping used here), stamp it on the white square.

Stamp the outline of the butterfly in outdoor denim ink. Use a wiry brush tool to dab little specks of outdoor denim ink all over the piece.

Attach butterfly piece 3/4" from left side and top of the card.
In the rectangle made by the embossed lines, stamp the "Life is nothing without Friendship" phrase in outdoor denim ink on the lighter colored papers, in white daisy on darker paper. Glue your card front to the card base with the fold on the left. Remember to always line up your card with the fold first because the other sides can be trimmed (folds can't). Now wasn't that easy?

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