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A Little Background

When my good friend Sarah asked me to be her bridesmaid I was overjoyed. I had only been in a wedding party once before as a flower girl. I was so young, I don’t remember the wedding. I only remember waiting at my aunty’s house with my sister, who was the other flower girl. We were given McDonald’s, our hair was done, and we got to wear pretty dresses, it was great. Now, as a much older girl (dare I say woman) my role in this wedding is bigger. I cant wait to help plan and be a part of one of the most important days of my friend Sarah’s life.

Once the engagement was announced a surprise party was planned. The mother of the groom asked me to make a large card for everyone at the party to sign, of course I said yes. I love art, all types of it. I had been making crafts ever since I was a little girl. My mother used to call our garage the “Craft Centre”, and now that my two older sisters have moved out, their old room is now the “Craft Room”.

So, I knew I had to make this card special. It is hopefully going to be a keepsake the couple can look at years after their wedding. I turned to Pinterest. Now I’m not a huge Pinterest user. I fall or the hype of it and made an account months ago. It has sat lonely and unused on my iPhone, but not anymore. I’ll start off by saying this was a Pinterest win, but I hit a few snags along the way. That is what this blog post is for, I want to help you, the reader, and possible fellow craft-maker. Here is my journey making this card. You’ll hear about my mistakes, and how you can avoid the same ones. If you ever need to make a wedding and/or engagement card, I highly recommend this one. (Spoiler Alert: the couple loved it) I used the steps given in the original post, as well as put my own spin on it.

*To see the final product, scroll to the end of the post

Getting Started

First of all, yes, this is another one of those types of blog posts. I know other people have reviewed their own Pinterest wins and fails, and I enjoy reading them. So here I am making my own. I’m creating content I would want to read, and I hope you enjoy it too!

Have you ever been inside a Michaels Craft Store? If you haven’t, you should. It’s amazing, and it has everything. If you love crafts it’s the holy grail. I’ve never gone there and not been able to find something that can help me with a craft. So I obviously went there to get supplies for this card.

This first huge pro of this Pinterest is that it only cost me $10. You heard me, TEN DOLLARS! If you go to the drug store and look in the card section, you’ll find the cheapest card you can get is probably over $5. Believe me, I’ve looked there when in a pinch. They’re tiny, maybe a little impersonal, but no judgement, some people love those types of cards, and to those people I say more power to you. I won’t lie, I’ve kept every drugstore card that friends and family have given me over the years, but for this occasion, I wanted more.

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SUPPLIES I USED:

  • 3 sheets of white poster paper
  • 1 sheet of black poster paper
  • smaller, textured black paper
  • gold and burgundy paint
  • paint brushes and/or sponges
  • white ribbon
  • something to glue everything together (I used a hot glue gun, regular white glue, and adhesive stickers)
  • scissors
  • something to draw with, dealer’s choice

The Problems/Solutions

I didn’t follow any measurements, I just sort of winged it. I also did not create this design, and I’m not going to go over every step because they’ve already been laid out nicely for you by the original post which you can find here:

http://stampndesign.blogspot.ca/2010/03/free-template-wedding-card.html

I simply searched “wedding cards” on Pinterest and searched until I found a design I liked.

So, the wedding colours had been chosen prior to me making this card, so that part was easy. I knew what to do, the only problem was that the poster paper at Michaels didn’t come in the colours that I needed, which were gold and burgundy. This is where the paint comes in. I bought two small bottles and painted the white poster paper the colours I needed.

  • TIP: The only part of the paper you see is the edges. Don’t waste your time, paint, and money on painting the entire paper, just paint the edges.

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I had cut out the proper size of paper that I needed, then I painted each one the colour I wanted, then layered them.

  • TIP: Once you paint the paper and let it dry, it will be wrinkled. Once it’s FULLY dry, lay something heavy on top of it. Something like photo albums or those textbooks you never use should do the trick. If you’re really worried, you can lay another sheet of scrap paper between your art and the books in order to prevent possible paint transfer.

Now that the paper is flat, you can glue them together inside the card like this:

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I kept the card closed while I worked on the front to keep the paper nice and flat. The original post gives you a template to follow for creating the bride and groom, but I just drew my own.

I bought ribbon that was a slightly different colour white for the bride, and black paper that was textured for the groom. I found this helped the details stand out.

Bride:

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Groom:

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  • TIP: I glued these details down with a hot glue gun instead of just white glue. It dries faster and has a stronger hold.

I hand wrote the message on the inside of the card. You can always print the message out in the font you want and glue it in, but I personally just enjoy writing it myself.

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  • TIP: Draw your message out in pencil first. Use a ruler to centre your words. I know that takes time, but it’ll be worth it. There’s nothing worse than writing something out only to find it’s hanging a little to the left.
  • TIP: When gluing the bride onto the front of the card, DO NOT glue the part of the dress that hang over the edge. You will glue your card shut, and no one wants that.

Here is the final product, inside and out.

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The card was large and in charge. It gave room for everyone at the party to sign and leave their own personal message. If you have a big family, and/or lots of friends, this is a great way to make sure everyone can give their own personal touch to the party.

I will definitely use Pinterest again, and who knows, maybe I’ll even blog about it.

PS, if you love crafting and/or DIY projects I highly recommend getting the book DIY, Dammit! A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting by Joselyn Hughes. This isn’t a sponsored post, its just great content that deserves recognition. Visit the website here:

http://www.diydammit.com

Also check out Hughes’ YouTube channel, it has video tutorials for multiple projects in her book:

https://www.youtube.com/user/joselynhughes

 

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