Saturday, June 16, 2012

BBQ and Pool Party Invite

I designed this invite for a mega birthday shin-dig I'm throwing for my husband's birthday this year -- The LOVE of my life! It all started with the title that I created by welding the phrases together from 3 different Cricut carts to create the title. His birthday is near Independence Day so I went with the patriotic colors. I made 100 invites and wanted to use items on hand (since I have a craft store in my house) so I designed 2 color schemes. The first scheme involved cards in different shades of blue as the base.

When I ran out of the blue cards, I switched to cream. To try to stay in the red white and blue scheme, I added blue ink to the title on the second 50 invites. I like how it highlights the embossing on the title. My 7 year old daughter was pivotal in helping with the invites. She embossed the red layer for half the invites (before she ran out the room stark raving Thanks Zora!!

Here's a third version I was dying to try.  I think this is my favorite one...

All of the invites were printed on my new Epson printer (so happy with it!) on metallic text inserts from The Paper Cut. I put the invite details on the left hand side and some logistic notes on the right.

I made sure to ad my branding just in case some of these 100 invitees might need my services in the future!

Crafting tips -

I printed and cut the grill image from the Cricut Imagine. Sometimes the print and the cut weren't exactly lined up. Plus the cut is very delicate. It takes nothing to rip the smoke coming up off the grill. I used the black Copic sketch marker to color in any part that was white instead of black or when the ink started running out and some parts were gray.

Since I cut it so small, I couldn't cut the layers. Instead I used the silver EK Success metallic collection writer to draw on the accents . I really like how it came out.

  • 100 pre-cut cards and matching envelopes - blue: recollections, beige: Jo Ann Essentials
  • Cricut cuts - welded at 3.36" BBQ: Block Party, &: Base Camp, Pool Party: Luau and cut at 3" Grill: Block Party
  • Red layer- red linen textured cardstock: The paper company
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders - stars, swiss dots
  • Markers - black Copic sketch marker, EK Success metallic collection writer - silver
  • Ink - blue sweetheart inker from We R Memory Keepers
  • Cardstock - Bazzill Basics for grill and title (white, blue, black) 
We're looking forward to a wonderful BBQ with friends old and new and lots of family. I might make more crafty items to adorn the tables and condiments etc. We'll see....



  1. it. that was alot of invitations. Whew..beautiful job.I'm inspired.

    1. Thank you! The things you do for love... I just made 15 more today! I'm glad I could inspire you! Your comment made my day!


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