RSVP & Save The Date Step By Step

Hello all

In our final step by step of the week we will be looking at how to create a RSVP and Save The Date cards.

The Save the Date card is made from the top section of the Multi Function Die Cut you used for the Wedding Invitation earlier in the week.  Cut a piece of the blank card to measure 4 1/2 inches x ( 4 3/4 inches ie. the width of the original card)  fold this in half  to now measure 2 1/4 x 4 3/4.  At a point approx 1/2 from the outside edge cut a small incision fractionally wider than your ribbon along the fold line.  Thread your ribbon through this across the front of the card and secure at the bottom front.  Line the card inside back with backing paper then when you have printed your save the date stick it inside. Use your Save the Date sentiment to cover the join of the ribbon.

The RSVP which can double up as a Thank You card is made to the same dimension.  Each die cut card will make an RSVP and a Thank You card.  (and a bit left over for errors).

This time for your RSVP or Thank You, you will have two folded cards measuring approx 2 1/4 inches x 4 3/4 inches each.  For both cut a piece of backing paper approx 6mm smaller all round the piece of the script matching paper (just fractionally smaller) allowing for the contrast to be visible.  Glue the script paper and your matching paper together.  Then wrap around a piece of ribbon joining at the front.  This will later be covered by either RSVP or Thank you.  This time make the ribbon join at the top on the right hand side of the card, as this is where your sentiment will be placed.  Glue this to the main card.  Take the top off your die cut card and very carefully cut between the petals of each flower to release the flowers as individual flower heads.  (4) in total.  Thread your beads in the same way as before this time using high tack tape, secure them onto your card approx 1/2 from the bottom.  Glue a single flower over the high tack tape and decorate to match other cards.  This card lacks the see through element of all the other toppers but done this way cuts down on expense.  You can now cut small slithers of your backing paper to resemble leaves and place then around the flower in a similar pattern to your other toppers.  Of course there is nothing stopping you from making both your RSVP and Thank You cards in exactly the same way as you have your Save the Date but that uses a lot of card.  Perhaps this could be utilised to make wedding favours.  I will be showing you how to do that another time. Remember if making the same as the Save the Date cards you will need to buy more cards initially.

I hope you find making your cards, both enjoyable, rewarding and much less expensive than buying them.  You will gain great satisfaction being able to say that you have made it all yourself.

A few tips, along the way.  Start with plenty of time to spare, this should be enjoyable and not rushed.  You could get help from your friends, each doing a specific area of the cards.
Work in a clean environment, putting it all away between times.  There is nothing worse than feeling you have worked hard and then spoiled what you have done. 
When calculating what you want for your stationary, please remember to buy a little more than you think you need.  Sometimes matching up colours can be difficult.  

Remember that each and everyone of your items will be viewed by different people, so if you are slightly out with your measuring on some, or there is some slight variance, its unlikely they will ever be viewed together and no one other than you will know.  These will be handcrafted and as such will vary slightly.

The sizes I have made could be varied, I have done them this size to help get the most from your product but you can change anything you want.  Remember though if they have to fit in envelopes make sure the size you are going to make will fit standard envelope sizes.

Good luck and enjoy.


Create Your Own Menu & Name Cards

Learn how to create your own Menu & Name Cards with this step by step using Flower Soft Multi Function Die Cuts.

The Menu is simple to create, tip to bottom it measures 8 inches.  First cut your card to an 8 inch length, this time leaving on the decorative end and complete the top as before. Now in exactly the same way back the card with your chosen backing paper. Cut another piece of backing paper approx 4 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches and glue this to the front of your card.Wrap a piece of ribbon around the top of the card just below the bottom petals, join at the front and cover the join with your printed menu.

When you have printed your Menu, make sure you cut the topper out to fit central to the card leaving a small edge of the backing paper showing around the edge. This is where doing a test print is useful to make sure that the font is an acceptable size.

To make the stand for your menu, use the piece of card you cut off the back bottom of your card.  Cut it to approx 2 1/2 inch deep x 4 3/4 wide. Measure to find the centre of  your card then score approx 3mm either side of centre of the card. You now have a book shaped piece of card. On the bottom edge of this card you need to cut at an angle from the tip of each score line, towards the outside edge of the card cutting to approx 1/4 inch down the side of the card. Put tape between the two central score lines and attach to the base of your card. The fact that the card is not straight at the bottom but cut up at an angle allows the card to stand straight on the table.

Two table name plates are made from one die cut end of one card. First cut off the die cut end of the card but this time cut approx 4 inches from the tip of the die cut at centre point. Now cut this exactly in half. With your scissors cut up the outside edge of the card longways, cutting off the curved edge forming a straight line until you reach the area where the leaves start then round the card off to the centre cutting off the tip. You now have a piece of card with pattern on one end, slightly shorter than 4 inches long.  Score from the bottom right hand corner at an angle to the top edge about 1/2 inch before the flower area starts. Fold back the scored area. Your card should now stand leaning slightly backwards. Once again line the back of the card with backing paper and  cut off making sure none shows around the edge. As on your Save the Date card you now need to make an incision on the fold about 1 inch from the bottom right hand corner. Put your ribbon through the hole around the front bottom edge of the card and join with tape at the back. If you form a triangular shape at the back of your card with the ribbon you will find it lies flatter at the front. Add sequins and seed beads to the centre of the flower and add  the name of your guest.

Check back tomorrow for our final Wedding Stationery step by step.


Make Your Own Wedding Invitation


Today I will show you how I created this Wedding Invitation using Flower Soft Multi Function Die Cuts.

The invitation, which can be for day or evening is made by cutting off the patterned edge about 4mm away from the bottom leaf of the cut out section.  The remainder of the card is then folded in half  making a card about 4 1/2 inches by 4 3/4 inches. Not quite square but acceptable.

Take your invisible thread, I find it easier to work with it still attached to the spool this stops beads falling off the other end and allows you to vary the length as you are working.  Thread your chosen beads onto the thread.  I used beads of two designs, but it would look just as good with one or more shaped bead, or even two colours.  Thread sufficient beads to reach from the bottom inner petal on the left of the card to the same petal on the right. (The next bit it could be said is the most fiddly, so when you have done one, each item in your stationary will be completed exactly the same with the exception of the RSVP.) Carefully lift the petal and slide the end of the invisible tape under it securing at the back with some of the really stick red tape. Take the other end of the beads and cut the invisible thread leaving enough for you to handle and complete in the same way.

Make sure you have pushed out all of the die cut shapes (best from the back of the card) and  then back with a piece of your chosen paper, using a wet glue. Make sure you do not stick down any of the flower petals which you can slightly raise when all is dry. Cut around the card so that the backing paper does not show around the edges.

Glue a sequin and seed bead to the centre of each flower and leave to dry completely. When dry attach this decorative edge to the left hand side of your card butting the end up level with your base card.

Some people like to complete one stage of each card rather like a assembly line, you get into a rhythm that way and I think it works out quicker.

Next take a piece of ribbon and wrap it round your card securing on the front about 1 3/4 from the bottom.  Again use a high tack tape as ribbon takes some holding. This is where you place your sentiment i.e. Wedding Invitation, Evening Invitation, and the same procedure is used for each item of stationary, its just its location that differs.

Now you’re nearly finished your first card, all that remains to do is cut a piece of your backing paper and glue securely to the inside right of your card, leaving a very small border around the outside to show the colour of your card.  Don’t forget this stationary set can be made from any of the die cut sets, however how many cards you need to complete the set may vary slightly.

When you have printed your invitation simply stick it onto the backing paper, making sure you have it central.  I would do a trial card of each type initially to make sure that the size of font you use will fit into your card.

When you type your sentiments do several to one page, but remember to leave sufficient space around each sentiment to allow you to cut them up, mount them onto another piece of your backing paper, leaving a small edge around to contrast with the cream or white card and with double pads place over the edge of the ribbon at the join.

Your first card is now completed, the rest is easy! Check back tomorrow for another step by step.


Wedding Stationery


This beautiful hand made wedding stationery set was created using Multi Function Die Cuts from Flower Soft and is designed to be an economical way to create your own wedding stationery. I will be giving detailed step by step instructions on how to create these elegant designs starting tomorrow.

I have used Multi Function Die Cut – Elegant Flowers cards (I chose Ivory but also available in white), a backing paper of your own choice to match in with the colour theme of your wedding and a few matching seed beads and sequins. The only other requirement is ribbon, glue and some invisible thread to use with the beads.  This can be obtained from any haberdashery or even use the thread designed for jewellery making.  A little goes a long way with the beads and the thread and if you shop around you can get small packets of beads at most markets as well as craft shops.  The sentiments have been printed on a cheap home computer along with the inserts onto flower soft paper designed to go with the die cut cards.

In total I have used six cards (10 per pack) from the Multi Function Die Cuts to make a complete set of stationery.

Check back tomorrow for a detailed step by step on how to create the wedding invitation you see on the image above.


New Santa Card Toppers™

Today we are going to take a look at the Forest Santa Card Toppers™ pack which was used to make this card. It comes from a new line of Christmas Card Toppers™ available from today on our website.
The backing paper, that fits perfectly with the theme, came from our Polar Friends CD Rom. To make the topper a little different I put it through my Grand Calibur using Labels Eight die and placed the outside cut frame onto foam pads for height. The sentiments come from our Winter Wonderland Card Creator pads. To finish off place ribbon and bow to the bottom of your card.
You can view more info on these products here… where we have put together a bundle deal with all 3 packs in this range.

Happy crafting
Noreen x