Celebrate Summer Invitation

Materials

  • Cardstock (Prism Papers): Mystic Dark; Natural Smooth
  • Papers: Wild Asparagus Collection Friends Forever (My Mind’s Eye); All American Collection Blue Bandana (Creative Imaginations)
  • Chipboard flower (BasicGrey)
  • Red button
  • White crocheted trim (Making Memories)
  • White string

Tools

  • Who’s That Girl Let’s Picnic stamp set (My Favorite Things)
  • Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad (Tsukineko)
  • COPIC markers (Imagination International)
  • Sanding block
  • Detail scissors
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, 1/4”; foam dots
  • Optional: Scoring board

Directions

STEP 1

  • Make side-fold blue card base. Cut 4”x5-1/4” floral paper piece.

STEP 2

  • Cut 1-3/8”x12” gingham paper strip. Score at 1”, then at each 1/2” interval. Apply double-sided tape along one long edge of strip and accordion fold strip to end, pushing pleats toward left so they lay flat. Adhere to bottom edge of floral paper piece.

STEP 3

  • Cut two thin, 6-1/4”-long bandana paper strips; adhere across top and center of pleated strip, wrapping ends to back. Adhere trim along paper strips as shown. Adhere floral/gingham panel to card.

STEP 4

  • Stamp sentiment onto natural cardstock, trim and mat on blue cardstock. Adhere over thin strip.

STEP 5

  • Stamp girl image onto natural cardstock; trim leaving narrow border. Mat on blue cardstock.

STEP 6

  • Stamp girl image twice onto natural cardstock. On one image, color arms, neck and legs/feet. On second image, color bottle label, cheese board, grapes/platter and basket. Stamp grapes only onto a separate scrap of natural cardstock; color. Cut out colored pieces from each piece of cardstock; set aside.

STEP 7

  • Stamp “blanket” portion of image onto gingham paper; cut out. Stamp dress and wine bottle onto blue side of patterned paper; cut out.

STEP 8

  • To assemble main image panel, adhere blanket to matted natural image. Adhere neck, background arm and picnic basket to panel, allowing basket to extend slightly past border. Adhere legs/feet, followed by dress and foreground arm, tucking grape platter into hand. Adhere cut-out grapes over grapes on platter. Adhere cheese board and wine bottle to panel; adhere label to bottle.

STEP 9

  • Trace chipboard flower onto blue side of patterned paper, cut out and adhere to chipboard; sand excess paper at edges. Tie string though button hole and adhere to flower center; adhere flower to panel.

STEP 10

  • Using foam adhesive dots, mat stamped panel on gingham paper and blue cardstock. Adhere layered panel to card front as shown, using foam dots to “level” upper portion of panel.

Tip

  • 1. Get more for your money! Stamp sets often offer a choice of several sentiments so you can create more than just one-event invitations. See them all at www.mftstamps.com.
  • 2. Paper piecing is another fun technique for colorizing stamped images, and it ties your whole theme together in a hurry. Simply stamp a design on plain cardstock, then again on a variety of patterned papers.
  • 3. Pleated paper creates wonderful dimension on the picnic invitation.
by Michelle Boyer
Summertime Invitation
Summertime Invitation