Recently a friend of mine requested me to make two elegant/romance wedding cards for some weddings she would be attending in the next few weeks. I typically don't advertise that I will make custom cards, but when a friend asks, I'm always more than happy to help, especially when they leave the design up to me :)
I find if I'm giving too many restrictions or specifics for a card that I have a hard time coming up with a card idea. Just having a theme/occasion is enough to get me started. I have a few card kits that are wedding-themed and include wedding-themed stamp sets. I decided to pull these out for some ideas for patterned papers and combination of colors.
I first created the Congratulations card. For this card, I pulled the CTMH Hello Lovely Scrapbooking Kit. I purchased this kit merely for all the products included that I would have bought separately anyway - not to create a scrapbook layout. I also pulled some Simon Says Stamp products including the May 2015 Card Kit and Congratulations die that coordinates with the Congratulations stamp set in the kit.
To begin, I went through my card sketches binder (a great resource to have on hand!) and found a layout that would work for what I had in mind. First, I created a matte for the card using CTMH Sea Glass CS and Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle die. I then pulled one of the patterned papers from the Hello Lovely collection and cut that down to 3.75"x5" in order to leave enough room to see the stitched detail on the matte. I cut some CTMH White Daisy paper down to around 1.5"x5" and adhered that to the bottom of the patterned paper. I used the Congratulations stamp set from SSS to stamp "Wishing you lots of happily ever after" onto the bottom of the card. I also die cut the "Congratulations" sentiment 3x in CTMH Smoothie paper and 1x in CTMH White Daisy paper.
I thought a white sentiment would look elegant, but it wouldn't be too visible without some type of shadow, so I layered all the Congratulations die cuts and then adhered the white die cut slightly to the left of the other die cuts to create that shadow to make the sentiment pop. I adhered this towards the top of the card.
To finish off the look for this card, I pulled some blush-colored lace from my stash (got at Michaels from $1 bins), and wrapped 1 piece of lace around the background of the card. Then finished it off with another piece that I tied into a bow. LOVE this lace for cards! I topped off the card with some Clear Wink of Stella, and that was it! I debated adding sequins but I felt that would take away the elegance of the card.
Next (actually, a few days later), I began the second card. I wanted to stay with the romantic/elegant theme, but make it a completely different card. I first pulled my May 2015 SSS Card Kit which included some leftovers. I really liked the gold foil so I decided to use a blush colored paper with gold foiled accents for the background of my card. I also pulled some SU Blushing Bride CS as it was the closest color to match the patterned paper. I die cut that similarly to the first card, as well as the cardstock.
I found another leftover piece that looked like a paint sample you get from Lowe's or something. It had 4 different colors with a foiled line in between each color. I decided to cut off the lightest pink color from the paper and included one of the gold foiled lines. I figured this would work similarly to the lace in the first card to create a transition from the color to the cardstock paper. The card was looking great so far, so I decided I would keep this one simple.
I stamped the sentiment "Mr. and Mrs." from the CTMH Hello Lovely stamp set onto some more pink cardstock leftover in the SSS kit. To keep with the gold theme, I used Tsukineko Golden Gold Delicate Ink to stamp the sentiment. I then die cut this using the matching dies that came with the CTMH stamp set. I decided to pop this up onto the card using foam tape right on that border line so that the gold detailing of the background would be the focus of the card.
For an added touch, I used SU Gold Metallic Thread and created a little bundle that I placed underneath the sentiment. To add a little something to the card, I used some flower stickers from the CTMH kit, took off the stickiness with an EK Success Powder Tool, and then adhered them appropriately onto the sentiment to give it some more pizazz :) This worked because the color in the flowers actually did match the Blushing Bride matte on the card.
Lastly, I stamped "congratulations" from the SSS stamp set onto the inside of the card, and then it was done. I did not add sparkle from Wink of Stella or any sequins as I felt like the gold accents really stole the show on the card.
I gave both of these to my friend when she met me for my birthday dinner, and she loved them - then was left with the decision of which card to send to which wedding! Not my problem now, lol!
Also, I have to share the amazing cupcakes she made for my birthday!
Aren't they amazing?! I had sent her some pictures of galaxy cupcakes that I would like replicated and she surpassed my expectations! I mean... you already know I'm into stars, the moon, space, and astrology, right? ;) Be sure to click the picture link and check out her Facebook - Blue Lace Cakes.
Thanks for stopping by! Happy Crafting :)