Nature-Inspired Wedding Invitation
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Note cards & envelopes, green
- Cardstock, tan & green
- Kraft paper or brown paper grocery bag
- Green ribbon
- Jute cord
- Flower punches in a variety of shapes & sizes
- Upholstery tack
- Heavy-duty wire cutters
- Adhesive dots, large
- Glue stick
- Scallop-edge shears
- Paper trimmer
- Mini hole punch
- Recycled papers: old books, sheet music, newspapers, postcards, memorabilia
- Computer or black pen
- Double-sided tape
- Iron & ironing surface
- Using flower punches, create an array of punched flower shapes from recycled papers. Create a large flower by stacking 5 layers of punched flower shapes, from largest to smallest. Set aside. Create a small flower by stacking 2 or 3 layers. Join the small flower layers with adhesive dots. Cut a piece of paper, along with a large adhesive dot, from the adhesive dots roll; beginning at the outside of the adhesive dot, spiral a line of jute toward the center. Trim the end of the jute and press into the center of the adhesive dot to secure. Carefully peel off the adhesive dot and attach to the center of the small flower. Set aside.
- Safely cut the point from the upholstery tack, as follows: Align the wire cutters on the pointed part of the tack as close as possible to the decorative end. Holding the wire cutters and tack, place your hand in a plastic shopping bag and close the top. Cut the tack; the bag keeps cut metal from flying across the room. Join the larger flower layers with adhesive dots and push the shortened tack through the center; set aside.
- Trim 1/4" from the long open end of the note card to be used for the invitation. This compensates for the added bulk of the embellishments, as it is inserted into the envelope. Print message on the front of the invitation note card. Determine the dimensions of the tan cardstock rectangle inside the invitation. Plan your wording layout, including a gap in the composition to accommodate the ribbon strip; print on tan cardstock; trim to size. Before attaching panel, wrap short lengths of green ribbon and jute around to the back of the panel and secure with double-sided tape. Apply glue from glue stick onto the back of the panel, and press into invitation. Attach small flower with an adhesive dots. Tie 2 short jute pieces behind the flower.
- Create the invitation sleeve as follows: From Kraft paper or brown grocery bag, cut a 3" wide strip, 1" longer than circumference of invitation. Wrinkle the strip carefully, by crumpling it into a ball several times, so that it looks worn or antiqued. Iron the brown paper strip with a dry iron. Fold one end of the brown paper strip back on itself about 1/2", creating a flap. Wrap strip around invitation, positioning the flap near the front center. Crease the paper where it wraps around. Trim the long edges of the strip (in its folded position) to 2-3/4". Trim the edge of the flap with scallop-edge shears. Punch a mini hole in each scallop. Glue overlap, at front, to complete the sleeve.
- Wrap ribbon around sleeve, overlapping on the front (flower will hide overlap) to create two tails; secure ribbon with an adhesive dot. Tie jute around sleeve a couple of times; tie a knot at ribbon overlap. Attach flower over the overlapped area. Slide sleeve onto invitation and insert in envelope.spot of glue on the cord that will be the inside of the knot. Pull tight and add another spot of glue on the underside of the knot. Repeat at the other end of the bracelet and set aside to dry. Attach the ring and toggle closure using small gold jump rings.