Homemade Wedding Invitation Elegant Purple

Homemade Wedding Invitation That’s Purple and Elegant

Here we go again, another bride and groom inspired card. This time for my nephew’s wife’s sister. Say that fast 10 times! Nici loved my simple, gate fold bride and groom card and asked my sister and I to make her wedding invitations. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. A special thank you to my mom for helping us make the 40 invitations.

Elegant Purple Wedding InvitationAs you can see here, Nici’s wedding colors are a light shade of purple. She called it Wisteria. We had few options at the store, so we opted to accent the lilac with a deeper purple.

The white crack in the middle of the card is the gate fold, meaning the card opens in the middle just under the dress. That feature alone, took a lot of time. There are two sets of layered cardstock (left and right). Black on lilac on purple all adhered to the black cardstock.

We also opted to add a few extra features. The tux shirt is all free handed. The bow tie and lapels are cut by hand. The buttons are from a small hole punch. The tux shirt is white glitter paper cut from a template. (Video and template available from this Wedding Card Post).

If that wasn’t enough, we went the extra mile on the dress. It is stamped and embossed using “bridal” embossing powder. Then, we stamped another dress and cut out the bottom part of the dress then trimmed and layered that on top of the original dress. We used single sided tape at the waist and puffy tape at the base of the layer to give it dimension.

Homemade Wedding Invitation Interior

We went very traditional for the inside. We printed the invite on plain white paper and frame that on the right and left with the lilac.

The invite pictured here was the small invitation. We actually had wider margins on the finished piece.

Homemade Wedding Invitation Save the Date Card

Two Options for Save the Date CardsThe wedding guests RSVP’d via the internet, so we only needed a Save the Date card inside. We provided two options to Nici, she chose the Daisy theme, because it is the flower she is using in her wedding.

The flower is a QuicKutz die. I love the pop of color and the contrast of the purple against the black. The other card is more simple and straight forward. An option I put together for the fiance who indicated that he would like to see something simple.

Close Up of Daisy Save the DateAs you can see, we also incorporated the thin purple ribbon from the dress into the Save the Date card. We used a thin double sided tape to adhere it.

Again, the text is printed on plain white paper and adhered to a piece of black cardstock.

Homemade Wedding Invitation Supply List

  • Matte and Shiney Black cardstock
  • Lilac and Purple Cardstock (DCWV)
  • White cardstock and copy paper
  • Sparkle White cardstock (DCWV)
  • 1/8″ lilac ribbon
  • Dress Stamp (My Sentiments Exactly)
  • Daisy Die Cut (QuicKutz)
  • gems
  • printed invitations
  • double sided tape
  • puffy tape

Wedding Album Magic Box

Homemade Wedding Album Magic Box

Inspired by a photo album magic box I created for my neighbor to commemorate the 10th birthday party of her twins, I decided to create a wedding album magic box of my outdoor wedding. This is no ordinary magic box. Check it out. 

First up, the video. I have lots of photos of the box, but don’t want this video to get buried.

Wedding Album Magic BoxIf you look really close, you can see the details of my wedding. We had a camping wedding weekend. Tent camping Friday night as well as the wedding ceremony took place at Painted Rocks Campground (just outside Woodland Park, CO).

S’more’s on Friday night and the reception Saturday evening were held at Camp Elim (also just outside Woodland Park, CO).

Though we had a casual outdoor wedding, I wore a fully beaded wedding dress. Only 5 people knew I was going to wear a traditional wedding dress. I insisted that I was going to wear jeans to my own wedding because I dispise dressing up so much. Not even my husband knew I was wearing a dress until I walked down the isle.

Side View of Outside of Wedding Album Magic Box

The magic box is created on a 12×12 piece of black cardstock. I covered the sides with silver swirl decorative paper from Jo-Ann which is framed in silver cardstock. Adorning the sides of the magic box is black grossgrain ribbon from Creative Impressions. I also used pearl gems and white wedding ribbon from Jo-Ann. I also have a silver heart created using a QuicKutz die.

All four sides and the lid are decorated with these elements.

Wedding Album Magic Box – Inside 

The wedding album opens up much like a traditional magic box.

Wedding Magic Box Open

When you remove the lid from the magic box, the four sides fold out flat. But if you look at the center of the box, there is another box waiting to be opened. I used a piece of acetate (transparency) to hold the sides of the second layer up so that you can see all the photos in the first layer…..or can you.

Actually, each side panel is a pocket and there are photos tucked inside them. I created little pull tags with cream cord (Creative Impressions) and a pull tag (homemade with a small circle punch and hand written “pull”). Check it out.

Wedding Album Magic box 1st Layer All OpenNot only are there hidden pockets behind each photo, but the photo itself swings open much like a door to reveal a larger photo inside. I used heart brads to keep the photos closed. Then when you swing the brad around, it allows the photo to open to reveal the second photo behind.

The sides of the second box also have photos on them. All told, this 1st layer of the wedding album has 16 photos.

Wedding Album Magic Box – Second Layer

If you think the first layer is pretty fancy, wait until you see what surprises I have for the second layer!

Wedding Album Magic Box 2nd Layer RevealedAgain, this layer looks a lot like a tradtional magic box. It even has floating hearts (floaters are so magic box). In this photo you can see the clear lid that was holding the second layer up.

In the very middle of the magic box is a little booklet. It’s held in place by an acetate (transparency) box.

Again, you can see little heart brads holding the photos closed. Because you know they are going to open just like the first layer. But wait…what are the little pieces of ribbon sticking out under them???

Wedding album Magic Box with All Layers OpenYes, the photos open to reveal a second photo…but there are also photos attached by the heart brad that swing out! The little white ribbon is actually a pull tab to swing the photo out.

This layer of the wedding album has 15 photos. As you may or may not be able to see, the inside is decorated using the same materials as the outside. We have ribbon, pearls, heart brads, in addition to the same decorative paper.

But wait. There are still more photos. We haven’t looked at the little book in the very center of the magic box.

Wedding Album Magic Box – Center Booklet

Wedding Album close up of clear box holding bookletThe booklet in the center is held in place by an acetate box. The booklet is tied closed with a piece of wedding ribbon.

I chose to decorate the front cover with the names of all the wedding party. I simply printed that out on my home computer/copier.

This photos also shows you a side view of the floating hearts. The hearts themselves are stuck to a thin piece of acetate which is attached to the base of the center of the magic box.

Wedding Booklet OpenPull out the booklet and untie the ribbon to see the first two photos. These were our engagement photos.

In this photo you can see a little tag I created entitled “the Engagement”. I created it on my computer and printed on my copier. It’s matted with a piece of silver cardstock.

I actually have little tags like this throughout the wedding album magic box. I think it adds interest but also descibes the various parts of the event for people who may not have attended the wedding or know our families very well.

Wedding Book Fully OpenWhen the wedding booklet is fully open, you can see four additional photos from the wedding. There is a small piece of decorative paper on the bottom portion. I didn’t want to decorate the inside too much or the booklet wouldn’t fold well.

Back of the Wedding BookletThe back of the booklet is a great shot of us walking down the “aisle” after the ceremony. I thought it fitting to put a picture of our backsides on the back of the booklet.

I also stamped a little greeting that says, “Happily Ever After”. It’s framed in a piece of silver cardstock. Here you can see the ribbon that ties the booklet closed.

More Magic Boxes

I have created other magic boxes and have a FREE Magic Box Tutorial here for the simplified magic box. Sorry, no template yet for this tricked out version. To see more than the ones listed below, click the Magic Box category on the left.

Wedding Album Magic Box – Supplies

  • 35 photos
  • black cardstok
  • silver cardstock
  • silver swirl decorative paper (Jo-Ann)
  • black grossgrain ribbon (Creative Impressions)
  • wedding ribbon (Jo-Ann)
  • white pearl gems
  • heart brads (Creative Impressions)
  • Heart Die (QuicKutz)
  • Acetate (Write on Transparency from office supply store)
  • Happily Ever After stamp (All Night Media)

Homemade Wedding Card

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Homemade Wedding Card – the Classic Bride and Groom

Today’s homemade wedding card is a classic take on the bride and groom – with this tux and dress image. I have used these quite a few times. I guess the possibilities are endless! Again, I don’t remember where I first saw this idea of a dress and tux. It is not my original, but I sure love it!

homemade wedding card

homemade wedding card - black, white and silver are great classic colors

This one is so simple to make. You can change it up by using wedding colors if you happen to know them. This wedding card is 5  1/2″ x 5  1/2″ square. I just layered on various cardstock. Silver layer measures 5  1/4  x  5  1/4. White paper with silver swirls measures 5  1/8 x 5  1/8. Next silver layer measures 4 x 4. Matte black layer measurse 3  7/8 x 3  7/8.

Wedding card inside

Inside the wedding card is simple yet elegant

I simply stamped the dress stamp on the back side of some sparkly white paper. Cut out and attached to the black. I stamped it a second time and cut out just the skirt part and created a second layer to the dress. I used double stick tape at the waist and puffy tape at the bottom of the skirt to give it dimension only at the bottom. Of course, no card is complete without out some sparkles. I added silver gems to the dress and the left and right side of the card.

The tux shirt I created free hand. You can download my tux shirt template on my wedding card template post. The lapels and bow tie are also free hand. The buttons and knot from bow tie are from a mini hole punch and glued to the shirt.

Inside I added a layer of silver (5 x 5) and accented it with swirl silver and white paper (1  1/2 x 4  3/4) and a section of white paper for writing a note (3  1/4 x 4  3/4). I covered the seam where the two papers meet with thin white ribbon.

wedding card front
Here’s the wedding card straight on

Homemade Wedding Card – Supplies:

  • Dress Stamp: My Sentiments Exactly
  • Tux Template: Available on my other wedding card template post
  • White paper with silver swirls: Jo-Ann
  • White sparkle Paper – Jo-Ann
  • Black and Silver paper: Reems at Xpedx
  • Silver Gems
  • Thin white ribbon

Homemade 3D Shoe – Two

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Homemade 3D Shoe – Orange and Pink

I taught a stamping / cardmaking workshop for 48 ladies at a women’s retreat on Saturday. I homemade a few 3D shoe favors (template by Ellen Hutson) as door prizes. The first lady who won chose this orange and pink shoe.

Homemade 3D high heel shoe party favor in orange and pink

Gems make this 3D shoe party favor sparkle

Orange and pink are not colors I typically put together, but when I saw this big pink ribbon, I couldn’t resist making a bow and adding it to the shoe. I added pink paper to accent the heel and sole of the shoe, which really made everything come together. Of course, the gems really give the shoe sparkle and put this shoe in a class of it’s own! =) The shoe holds a little bag of treats but could easily hold a little sack of bird seed.

Orange and Pink homemade 3D shoe from top

3D shoe party favor holds just a little something.

I just adore this 3D shoe. I think it would make an awesome wedding favor, bridal shower favor, Mother’s Day gift card holder or an awesome party favor at a princess party! I filled this one with a little bag of dove chocolates.

Here is another 3D Shoe.

Homemade 3D Shoe – Supplies

  1. The shoe template is from Ellen Hutson
  2. The orange paper is cheap double sided stock I picked up at Costco a while back.
  3. The ribbon is a scrap I had on hand.
  4. The pink paper is also scrap I had on hand. I think it came from a paper sample book. It’s got a sheen to it.

3D Shoe Wedding Favor

3D Shoe – Party Favor Great for Weddings

This 3D high heel shoe (template from Ellen Hutson) is perfect as a wedding favor or bridal shower favor. Me, I’m creating a few of these as giveaways at a women’s retreat. I’ll be leading a stamping workshop for 48 women and I thought a little random giveaway would be fun.

In case you  haven’t seen my blog candy, view my giveaway here.

wedding favor

Here I’ve created what I like to think is a very classic shoe. I used some cheap double sided paper that I picked up at Costco eons ago. I covered the top of the toe box with the solid side. Accented several places with black paper and ribbon. Very simple. Ellen Hutson’s pattern doesn’t come with instructions, but the template is pretty straight forward. I used the template that is all one piece. To create the black accents, I just traced around the portion of the template that I wanted. Such as the sole of the shoe and the heel.

3D homemade high heel shoe View From The Top

Here is a view from the top. The shoe is an open toe shoe, so you can see the black part of the sole sticking out. I had a scrap of green grossgrain in my ribbon box and couldn’t resist making a big bow for the top of the shoe!

3D Wedding Favor

As I mentioned earlier, this would make a great wedding favor box. Here I have added a little bag of dove chocolates. Of course, with Mother’s Day coming up, this might make a really cute little gift box. Hmmm…maybe use it as a gift card holder???

Tip: The shoe template is a PDF that you can print at home. I print the template on a piece of white cardstock then cut it out. I then traced around the white cardstock template using a stylus so that the paper I will make the shoe from doesn’t have any ink marks.

Wedding Card Labels 8

Wedding Card using Labels 8

If you’re following my blog, then you know I have a new love in the shape of labels 8 from Spellbinders. I created several birthday cards which I fell in love with. I loved how the cards turned out with the accent of a circle shape. So decided that my little stamp of a bride and groom would also be cute.

wedding card using labels 8

There is a bit of sparkle on the card. I traced the black swirls and the wedding dress with a gelly roller glitter pen. I love the extra sparkle it provides. The gems are actually silver pearls. A bit of sheer ribbon adorning silver, black and white paper make for one elegant wedding or anniversary card!

Wedding Card Class

Homemade Wedding Card Class

I taught a homemade wedding card class on Saturday at my local stamp store (Simple Pleasures) and it was a blast. I had six students and they each made four cards and two favor boxes. Many of the students were suprised at how easy the cards were to make…well, all except for the making of the bow ties! A special thank you to one of my students, a surgeon, who gave me a thank you gift. That was sooo thoughtful!

Here was my display board.

Display board of homemade wedding cards

One card many variations

I’ve showcased some of these cards here on my blog, but here was an actual class I taugh. The top left card is for a bridal shower. The bottom right is a card I make in sets of 20 as a gift to newly weds. And the favor boxes might be something you can make for a bridal shower or rehersal dinner. They would be really cute as bird seed holders…if you want to make that many!

Close-up of Homemade Wedding Favor Boxes

homemade wedding favor boxes in shape of tux and wedding dress

wedding favor boxes make adorable decorations or bird seed containers

These are ordinary 2x2x2 boxes dressed up to look like a tuxedo and a wedding dress. A great twist on a simple box. The dress box really was 2″ all around. The tux box is 4″ tall by 2″ wide.

All the cards were created using My Sentiments Exactly dress stamp W362 which is wood mounted. They sell the dress in a smaller size as part of an acrylic set. The tux shirt was just something I created which is available on a previous post – see link below.

Normally I create the wedding dress for these cards using embossing pad and bridal embossing powder. But for class we stamped the dress image on the back of sparkle white cardstock and cut out. And it worked great.

Here are my other variations of the bride and groom card including video and template:

I also used the dress stamp on some princess themed stuff. Check out my homemade princess creations.

UPDATE: I just found a card on splitcoaststampers.com that modified this basic design. Check it out! It’s gorgeous!

Symmetrical Bride and Groom Card

Symmetrical Bride and Groom Card

You’d think I had a myriad of weddings to attend this year with the latest interest in making bride and groom cards. Not sure what the fascination is lately but I had another idea for modifying the tux and dress card.

I will be using my latest bride and groom, tux and dress card as an anniversary card for a good friend. I can’t help it, I think this tux and dress is adorable!

Bride and Groom, Tux and Dress

Bride and Groom, Tux and Dress

So, I have the tux in a two inch square on the left.  And a dress on the right, again in a two inch square. Each square is lined with silver cardstock. I silver embossed the words “forever and always” underneath.

Bride Dress close up

Bride Dress close up

It was extremely difficult to capture the pearls in the photograph. I think the flash on the camer and the DCWV glitter paper I used on the dress did not get along well.  Anyway, I put a few pearls on the waistline and one at the neck line. Gives it some flare.

Wedding Bride and Groom Card

Wedding Bride and Groom Card

Pretty simple and straight forward card. Guess that’s what appeals to me about it. I call it my Symmetrical Bride and Groom card because of the 2″ squares and the underlying text. I debated about putting the squares at an angle, one overlapping the other. But I couldn’t decide if the bride should be on top or the groom. So I put them side by side! =)

The tux shirt is glitter paper from DCWV. I used a 1/4″ hole punch for the buttons.  Just hand made the tux shirt shape and the bow tie. The dress is from My Sentiments Exactly. I stamped the back of some DCWV glitter paper and cut out the top part of the stamp. I did use dimensional puffy tape behind the 2″ squares.

Here are my other variations of the bride and groom card including video and template:


  • Dress Stamp – My Sentiments Exaclty
  • “forever and always” stamp – My Sentiments Exactly
  • Black matte cardstock
  • Black shiney cardstock
  • White glitter paper – DCWV
  • Silver cardstock
  • Silver detail embossing powder
  • Embossing Gun
  • Pearl gems
  • 1/4″ hole punch

Homemade Wedding Card Video and Template

Homemade Wedding Card Video and Template

This homemade wedding card video took me a bit longer to put together than I anticipated. Like…3 months longer! But I finally watched a tutorial on using my movie making program and I am good to go! Videos should really only take a week or two for me to put together from now on! Promise! =)

Since it’s been so long since I posted the cards, here is a picture of the wedding cards as a reminder! =)

picture snatched from my wedding card video

picture snatched from my wedding card video

Below is the video of me making the card. As promised in the video, I have a template of the tuxedo shirt should you wish to download that instead of making it the way I demonstrate in the video. If you have teenagers, perhaps you can have them make the shirt template using a compass as I demonstrated. The template link of the tux shirt is below the video.

And the above promised tuxedo template as a PDF.

If you create something with this template or something like this card, do leave a link in my comments so we can all check out your masterpiece.

And again, I was inspired by a card I saw somewhere online and on SplitCoastStampers.com. I believe my only claim to fame on these cards is that 1) I made a thank you card out of it, 2) I added a second layer of dress to add a 3D element to it.

What is neat about these two versions of the homemade wedding card is that you could make 15 of the thank you cards as a wedding gift or bridal shower gift and you could use the gate fold version as the card you use to put with the gift.

Here are the original posts with more info:

Birthday Magic Box

3D Magic Box as Kit

The latest class I taught was available as a kit (offered at Simple Pleasures). Unfortunately, attendance was low, so it was only available as a kit. If anyone wants to get in on the fun, this kit is $25. It comes with complete instructions and nearly everything you’ll need to complete it.

And pictures? Well, those are available here, of course! =)

Magic Box in Green, pinks and yellows

Magic Box in Green, pinks and yellows

So, here’s the outside of the box. It’s a green box with pink accent and a yellow decorative paper that features pretty packages, bows and birds. This could be used for birthday, bridal shower, baby shower….because there are no words on it. If you need a gift, this is pretty generic. It would work for most any holiday or special occassion.

Magic Box Top - Gift Tag

Magic Box Top - Gift Tag

Can you see the glitter I added to two of the packages on the gift tag? I also put green bows on each side of the lid with 1/2″ green ribbon. And who doesn’t love a little bling! =)

Magic Box Gift Card Holder - Close UP

Magic Box Gift Card Holder - Close UP

Again, the packages on the gift card holder have glitter. And so do the ribbons on the side panels. Using a glue pen, I scribbled glue on the paper and sprinkled with glitter. How fun is that! Who needs a glitter stack when you can add glitter yourself! =)

Magic Box Side View

Magic Box Side View

Ok, this side view is very important. Notice the triangle support behind the gift card holder? Not too fancy. And how about the floating presents, do you see the transparency strips I used to hold those? And did you notice those packages have glitter, too?! These things aren’t too difficult, but they add a lot of interest. I made little slits in the center panel and slid the transparency in and secured with adhesive. Easy as can be.

So, for those who would like a few more photos on how it’s done, check these out.

Magic Box Taped and Ready to Go

Magic Box Taped and Ready to Go

With everything scored, cut and folder, here’s where you put the tape on the major pieces. Left is the gift card holder. Middle is the gift card holder support and to the right is the lid.

Magic Box Folds

Magic Box Folds

I’m guessing that some of the folds for the gift card holder and the gift card holder support may be tricky, especially for those first timers out there. So here are a couple of photos that I hope will help. The top picture is me tucking the side panel under the bottom part of the gift card holder. The bottom photo is me making a triangle support for the gift card holder.

Supply List:

  • 2 pieces 12×12 Green cardstock
  • 1 piece 12×12 pink cardstock
  • 1 piece 12×12 decorative paper (Heidi Grace)
  • white typing paper
  • gems
  • 1/2″ green grosgrain ribbon (Creative Impressions)
  • 1/8″ green grosgrain ribbon (Creative Impressions)
  • foam tape
  • double sided tape
  • single sided tape
  • craft knife
  • scor-pal
  • scissors
  • Quickie glue pen
  • glitter
  • acetate / transparency sheet
  • Zots

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