Stamping with Princess – The Wedding

After the Princess Bridal Shower – The Wedding!

Wedding invitation with a Chinese Flair

Wedding invitation with a Chinese Flair

It was an internationally themed wedding. The bride had lived in China for 5 years and Boliva for a year and a half. So, we set the theme in motion with wedding invitations that had a chinese flair.

The chinese symbol “double happiness” is often used in Chinese weddings, so we started with that. I couldn’t find a rubber stamp of “double happiness” at any of the local craft stores, so I had a stamp made. Later I found the symbol on the Hero Arts website ( http://heroarts.com/ ).

Much of the card is my own creation (at least the exterior is), but I was deeply  inspired by two websites for various bits and pieces. The chinese website (which I can’t find right now) gave me the inspiration for the red strip with the chinese symbol (in this case “love”) and bamboo. Both stamps of which I found at Hobby Lobby. The FREE Bridal Class and website at Archiver’s  ( http://www.archiversonline.com/categories/28 ) gave me lots of inspirtation for the typesetting and Save the Date Card.

Inside the Chinese Wedding Invitation

Inside the Chinese Wedding Invitation

Let me finish by saying that I don’t think we saved the bride and groom any money by making the 100+ invitations ourselves. We probably could have if I had designed a more traditional and simple card. But what’s the fun in that! Besides, the whole family got involved in stamping, cutting, taping, folding etc. Everyone except the bride, who was still in Bolivia until 10 days before the wedding! =)

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Decorative Bamboo K4900 rubber stamp
  • Hero Arts Chinese Love Wish E1715 rubber stamp
  • Double Happiness Stamp (I made my own but Hero Arts has one)
  • 1 piece red cardstock with sparkles
  • 1 piece black cardstock
  • 1 piece silver cardstock
  • 2 pieces 8.5 x 11 white vellum
  • 1 piece of copy paper
  • silver embossing powder
  • embossing ink
  • VersaMark inkpad
  • QuicKutz Nesting Circles – I used the inside of the largest circle which makes your circle about 3 3/8 inches in diameter.
  • embossing gun
  • thin red jute
  • white ribbon with silver accents
  • mini single hole punch
  • double sided tape specifically designed for vellum

Instructions for the Invitation:

  1. Score and fold the 8 1/2 x 11 vellum at 3 6/8 and 9 1/4. This will become your cover. This is something like a C fold. When folded, the smaller side will be on the right.
  2. Trim a piece of silver cardstock 1/2 x 8 1/2. Adhere to right side of the left panel.
  3. Trim a piece of black cardstock to 3 3/8 x 8 1/2. Randomly stamp the love symbol on the black cardstock with VersaMark inkpad.
  4. Adhere black cardstock to the left side of the left panel. The silver cardstock should be peaking out the right side.
  5. Die cut a 3 3/8 circle on the sparkly red cardstock. Stamp the “double happiness” symbol in the center of the circle with the embossing pad and silver embossing powder. Heat set the symbol.
  6. Punch two holes in the bottom right of the circle about 1 inch apart. I punched mine so that when adhered to the card it appears that there is one hole over the black and one hole over the vellum. Tie a chinese bow with the jute in those circles.
  7. Attach white ribbon the back of the circle so the ribbon looks like a tab on the right side of the circle. It should stick out about 1/2 inch.
  8. Adhere the circle to the left panel so that it overlaps the right panel. Be careful to only put tape on the left panel of the card. If you want your card to lay flat and stay closed, you can use a very, very small amount of temporary tape to hold the right side of the circle to the right panel.
  9. In a word processing program, typeset the inside of your wedding invitation.  The left panel should measure 3 1/2  x 8 1/2. The right panel should measure 5 3/8 x 8 1/2.  Save room on the right side of the right panel for the red strip of cardstock which will take about 2 1/4 inches. Print on white vellum.
  10. Trim white vellum invitation to 8 15/16. Fold at 3 1/2. You’ll notice that this inside invitation is just a bit smaller than the outside cover.
  11. Trim a piece of sparkly red cardstock to 2 x 8 1/4. Stamp the “love” symbol on the top portion and the bamboo on the bottom portion using embossing pad and silver embossing powder. Heat set with embossing gun.
  12. Trim a piece of silver cardstock to 1/2 x 8 1/4. Adhere underneath the left side of the sparkly red cardstock so that 1/8 shows.
  13. Adhere red and silver cardstock to the right side of the right panel so that it is centered top to bottom.
  14. Place the interior invitation inside the cover piece. Put a small amount of tape on the left panel so the two pieces stay together.
  15. Wrap jute around the left fold two times and tie a chinese bow.
  16. Fold closed to form your chinese wedding invitation booklet.
Save the Date Card for Chinese Wedding

Save the Date Card for Chinese Wedding

Instructions for the Save the Date Card:

  1. Trim a piece of black cardstock to 2 1/2 x 3 7/8.
  2. Trim a piece of silver cardstock to 2 1/8 x 3 7/8. Adhere silver cardstock to black cardstock centering it top to bottom.
  3. Typeset the Save the Date information in a word processing program so that the final printout will be 3 1/2 x 2 1/8. Print on copy paper and trim. 
  4. Punch small two small holes (one above the other) on the left bottom part of the copy paper about 1/4 inches apart and approximately 1/4 inch from the left and bottom. Tie a piece of red jute through the holes.
  5. Adhere to silver cardstock so that it is centered left to right.
  6. Put the Save the Date card inside the invitation.

Note: there were no RSVP cards because all RSVPing was done via the website or phone calls. The bride and groom used the website: http://www.weddingwindow.com/ to set up their wedding website.

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1 Comment

  1. Helen said,

    April 19, 2009 at 22:22

    I’m impress. How did you make the double happines stamp?


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