It’s a big year for us this year, our eldest is about to turn 4 and with that comes the start of school here in Western Australia – Exciting times ahead for us!
For this party this year he requested a dragon party, and Stampin’ Up! have the perfect stamp set for this occasion – Magical Day. So this post is not about card making as such, but about being able to use the tools I have to make birthday invitations for my kids.
These were quick to put together, the longest part was the colouring of the dragons, but that still didn’t take too long. There was no fancy shading or anything, just basic colouring.
I stamped the images in Momento Black ink onto whisper white card. It pays to let this ink sit for a while to dry before colouring with alcohol markers so that the lines don’t run. I coloured the images with the Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) in Old Olive and Daffodil Delight. I then double punched them using a 2 3/8″ scallop punch. Double punching is where you punch once, and then put the paper back in to punch a second time. In this case when I punched the second time I rotated the circle slightly so that it went from a scallop edge to something more like a star burst edge.
I then stuck the dragons to a 2.5″ circle of foil paper. The photo doesn’t show it well, but it’s an orangey gold colour. But you could get a similar effect with any foil or glimmer paper.
The invitation / party details part came from a PDF file made available to us by Stampin’ Up! You can download it here. The template had 4 invites to a page and I printed these off on Whisper White card on my home printer. I then cut them down so that each invite ends up being 8cm x 13cm. For details on how to cut the A4 sheet to get this size see down below.
I stuck the invite to a mat of Old Olive card measuring 9cm x 14cm and stuck the dragon picture the top. I didn’t use any dimensionals at all as I wanted to keep it pretty flat. I will be adding the kids names to the invites later and I will be popping them up on dimensionals instead. Ill update this post with a finished product once I have the guest list sorted.
Cutting the A4 invite sheet into 4 invites
- Cut a 3cm strip from the bottom – this piece can be used for scrap
- Measure 13cm from the bottom and cut – this will leave you with a piece containing 2 invites
- Measure another 13cm from the bottom and cut – this will leave a piece contain another 2 invites.
- There will be a 0.5cm strip from the top leftover – can be used for scrap
For the two pieces that each have two invites on them:
- Measure 1.5cm from the right hand side and cut – this strip can be used for scrap.
- Measure 8cm and cut – this will leave you with an invite
- Measure 2cm from the right of the remaining – this is scrap
- Measure 8cm and cut from the right – this will leave you with an invite.