Grillin' and Chillin' Invitation

Materials

  • Cardstock (Prism Papers): Suede Brown Dark; Super Smooth White
  • Cosmic Fusion Collection papers (The Paper Loft)
  • Brown brads, three

Tools

  • Who’s That Guy Grillin’ Guy stamp set (My Favorite Things)
  • Memento ink pads (Tsukineko): Tuxedo Black; Rich Cocoa
  • COPIC markers (Imagination International)
  • Prismacolor colored pencils (Sanford)
  • Turpenoid (for blending pencils) and paper blending stumps
  • Eclipse Art Masking Tape (JudiKins)
  • Paper piercer

Directions

STEP 1

  • Make side-fold brown card base. Cut and adhere 4”x5-1/4” green dot piece to card front. Cut and adhere two narrow, 5-1/4”-long brown strips across center of card front.

STEP 2

  • Cut 3-1/2”x3-3/4” striped paper block and 2-7/8”x3-1/4” green paper block; mat paper pieces on brown cardstock. Adhere striped block to left side of card, 1/4” from fold.

STEP 3

  • Insert three brads in top corner of green block, cut and adhere narrow brown strip across bottom, and adhere to right side of card, 1/2” from bottom edge.

STEP 4

  • Using guy stamp as a guide, stamp two brown burgers (the ones on the grill) onto white cardstock. Determine placement for stacked burgers in hand; stamp brown burger stack. Mask burgers with Eclipse tape and stamp black grill guy image over burgers. Remove masks. Stamp black steam over burgers on grill and black sentiment on apron.

STEP 5

  • Color image with pencils, shading burgers with dark brown; blend colors with stumps dipped in turpenoid. Quick Tip: For best look, apply color around edges of each section, then blend toward center; use photo as color guide. Add shading to all areas of image using light- and medium-gray markers.

STEP 6

  • Trim stamped image, allowing stacked burgers to extend past border. Mat onto brown card stock and adhere to card front.

STEP 7

  • Stamp plate and three burgers onto white cardstock; shade burgers. Cut out and adhere burger stack to lower right corner of stamped image.

STEP 8

  • Stamp black sentiment onto white cardstock, trim and mat on dark brown cardstock. Use paper piercer to poke a tiny hole above and below sentiment. Cut and insert very thin strip of yellow paper, to resemble wooden skewer, through holes. Tuck one end of strip behind burger stack and adhere to card.

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
Grillin' and Chillin' Invitation
Grillin' and Chillin' Invitation