Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Easy Hand-made Graduation invitation


Project #108-138 of this year
It's May! That means lots of Graduations this month. We are very proud of our daughter, Kati, who will be graduating from the
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
this month
WITH HONORS
with a
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS
in 
PHOTOGRAPHY.

I was honored and a bit surprised when Kati asked if I would help her make her graduation invitations and her graduation party invitations as well. Wow. What an honor. 

As you know, Mary of Cardz TV is one of my very best friends. I just love her. I knew when Kati asked me to help exactly what kind of invitation I wanted to do if Kati liked it. It's the invitation I saw Mary create in May of 2010. Kati loved it. So we adjusted a few things to suite it to Kati's needs, and voila. Easy Peasy. 

To see Mary's invitation video with all the measurements, CLICK HERE.

We simplified our version quite a bit. We needed much more room for the wording, so we opted out of some of the smaller cuts and matting like Mary had used. I don't know what I'd do without Mary's wealth of ideas. She is so awesome! Love you, Mary!! <3

Here are the details on our project:
  • Invitation base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". This is not a card, and it does not open.
  • The base was dry embossed with the Cuttlebug folder "Swiss Dots".
  • Black matting 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
  • Invitation wording mat 3 1/4" x 4 1/2
  • All papers are Recollections
  • Long Reach Ribbon Stitch Punch was used for holes for ribbon. This was $7.00 at Hobby Lobby. It was worth every penny. I originally had thought we'd punch 2 holes with the Crop-a-dile... which would have worked... but then you'd have to be consistent having the holes lined up and even, etc. This Long Reach Ribbon Stitch Punch made it so easy - 1 punch instead of 2. GREAT results. Here's a link to Hobby Lobby's online store where you can see the punch.... CLICK HERE.
  • We used Mary's "bow cheat". Perfect for this. We were able to mail these invitations using only 1 stamp instead of having to add the extra 20 something cents for bumpy or "thick" envelopes. Yeah!
  • The ribbon was also purchased from Hobby Lobby.
These invitations turned out very pretty. I'm still surprised that we were able to get them embossed, cut, punched, ribboned, and assembled in just a few hours.

If you have any questions about anything, just leave me a comment with your email so I can get back with you.  Have a celebrating kind of month..... I'll be back Thursday to show you the Graduation Party Invitations we created. FUNNESS!
:) Janis

4 comments:

Sarah said...

I think your invitation looks very elegant! Great job!

The EmBellished Card - Belinda said...

Congratulations to Kati and to you and Tom. You must be se proud of her.

The invitations are beautiful.

Blessings,
Belinda

Rhonda Emery said...

nicely done.

Pat N. said...

Very nice invitations and very elegant looking. Congrats to your daughter and to her parents!--pat N.

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