So, my younger sister is getting married and her friends, our older sister and I are working together to plan a bridal shower for her. We decided to split up the tasks and I took on the job of creating invitations. This might be one of my very favorite things to do. Invitations set the stage for the event and are the guests first glimpse of what is to come. So, I love coming up with creative ways to give guests a small taste of the event while providing them with all the details they need.
So, here’s how I made them:
First I cut the ash card stock into 5″ x 7″ pieces. I was able to get two out of each sheet, the rest will be used for later projects.
With the card stock laying with the 7″ side down, I spread some glue vertically along the 5″ left side of the card, leaving about a 1/4″ border along that side.
Next, I laid my lace over the glue and pressed down to secure. You can see that I left that 1/4″ border on the left uncovered, which is why I didn’t put glue there. I also left a 1/8″ – 1/4″ overhang of lace on the bottom of the card to ensure the card was completely covered.
Then, I turned the card facing down, and laid glue on the back side of the card directly above where I laid my lace and glue on the front side. Again, I left a 1/4″ border on the right unglued.
Then, I pulled the lace up and over the card and laid it down on the glue, pressing down to secure. You don’t want to pull the lace too taught because it will make the paper start to warp. But, you want to ensure that lace is as close to the top as possible before securing it down on the back of the card.
Using sharp scissors, I trimmed away the extra lace.
Next I printed my invitation on the white card stock (two per sheet) and cut it down to size (4-1/2″ x 5″). Then, I turned my card right side up again so the lace was on the left. Using the glue stick, I attached the invitation to the card, doing my best to position it leaving a 1/4″ boarder around the top, bottom and right sides of the card. I wasn’t too worried about the left side at this point.
I quickly laid my ribbon over the glue, leaving a 1/8″ – 1/4″ overhang on the bottom of the card, pressing down to secure.
Then I turned the card over, and carefully ran the glue along the left side of the lace. Again, if the lace moved, I put it back in place and continued on.
Just like with the lace, I pulled the ribbon up and over the card and laid the ribbon down over the glue and pressed down to secure. Again, I didn’t pull the ribbon too taught, but I made sure that it was laying as close to the top of the card as possible before securing it down to the back.
Using my scissors, I trimmed away the excess ribbon and allowed the glue to dry completely.
Then, I stuffed my finished invitations in envelopes and sent them on their way.
So pretty! And I love how the back of the card carries the lace and ribbon over giving a little bit of detail to keep things interesting.