Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sweet and Simple Wedding

The idea of using hearts as a bouquet came to me about a week ago when I was thinking about making a card for my best friend whose wedding anniversary is coming up. I even sketched a layout for it and it's been lying on my dining table ever since. I just haven't had time to tackle it yet since I've had a ton of other more urgent orders come in.

A friend of mine who previously ordered a wedding card from me sent me a Facebook message on Thursday night. He asked if I could make him another wedding card for this weekend at such short notice and apologized for forgetting to ask sooner. I had another card to finish this weekend but it wasn't as urgent so I said yes. I knew it was going to be simple and elegant and that would make it easy. Plus I've always worked well under pressure in the corporate world so why not creatively, too?

This card was quick and easy up until I added the names. It took me a while to decide what sentiment I was going to use. My friend had provided the bride and groom's names but I didn't have to use them. At first I was going to use a beautifully scripted Congratulations and Best Wishes stamp. I also considered using welcome to the wedded bliss club from the SU Congrats set. However, with both of these options I was worried about lining up the words since I don't have a stamp-a-ma-jig and could've easily ruined my card. While I was thinking about how to complete the card, another idea popped into my head. I hadn't used my alphabet punches in a long time and decided this was the time. I punched out the letters needed and decided to place them on clear tape. I used tiny scissors to cut out around the letters and placed the names on the card. Er, did I think this would look good? Well... the names looked amazing but the shine from the tape certainly didn't! So I ended up having to repunch the letters and glue them individually on the card. Lucky for me I already had the names completed and used them as guides for gluing. How perfect! This totally would've been a CAS card had it not been for the punching and gluing (mostly the gluing) of the names. LOL

Have you ever made a card that impressed even yourself? This was such a card. My one-year-old is at the stage where he loves to clap and applaud himself when he achieves small accomplishments. After I finished this card, I was so happy with it that I did a little clap à la my son. This card made me so happy! Thanks KQ for challenging me with this one but, please, no more 24-hour requests. :Þ

Sources: The Paper Company (weave white), Bazzill Basics (textured red) & SU (textured going gray) cardstock; EK Success dotted wave edger punch; Gutermann thread; SU Heart to Heart punch; Lewiscraft 24 gauge stainless steel wire; Offray ribbon; dimension squares; ICG alphabet punch set


Anonymous said...

Now this is a great idea, I always stuggle with wedding cards! Lovely!

Cindy Haffner said...

Perfect, great idea!!!

Donna Baker said...

I'm impressed too! I think this is a wonderful design & you should consider submitting it for publication! I bet they're going to ADORE it! it is worthy of framing

smallcity said...

Love your card, i have to have the
Stampin Up punch hearts. :)


smallcity said...

You deserve a standing ovation for this card, it is absolutely beautiful. I have to have the Stampin Up heart punches. :)


stevenjared0853 said...

Hey!! This wedding is simply and beautiful. Seriously loved it so want to have similar cards for my wedding too at one of NYC wedding venues. These elegant cards will look fabulous at the event. Thanks for this amazing idea.