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Bridal Shower Invites

My friend's bridal shower is in two weeks and I've been frantically trying to put it all together.

Here's the shower invites that I made!

I call these a semi-DIY because I did start out with a kit that I found at Mimio in Pasadena. http://www.mimiopapers.com/ Then I sort of built from there based on the inspiration I found, grabbing some ink from Blick Art Supplies http://www.dickblick.com/ and some extra pieces from Paper Source http://www.paper-source.com/

I think these will work perfectly for our garden tea party bridal shower.


Kit I started out with from Mimio
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Materials I added. Ink from Blick, and also green flat cards, white flat cards, green envelopes and cherry blossom paper from Paper Source. (The ribbon came from my giant box o ribbons but I believe I picked it up down at the Flower Market in downtown LA.)
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Tools included scissors, pinking sheers, ruler, pen, glue dots, glue stick and removable scotch tape.
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For printing addresses on envelopes, Scotch makes removable tape. This is PERFECT for tacking that flap down to run through the printer smoothly. No paper jams and crumpled envelopes = no tearing out hair and buying more envelopes.
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I then took my little acrylic ink and dipping pen and patiently traced over the letters. This takes a little time. However, I love the finished look, and it sort of raises up the letters to give a hint of texture similar to thermography.
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For the inside, I sacrificed an envelope to create my template, then traced and cut out envelope liners out of the cherry blossom paper. Paper was then glued to the inside using my glue stick.
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Using Adobe Illustrator, I printed my front and back of the invitations. (Not bad considering my graphic designer husband was occupied with other things, so I did this one on my own.) I printed at home on our ink jet printer.
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I then used my pinking shears and cut of 1/8" all the way around, mounted the cards (one per side) on green 5x7 card stock using glue dots, and added the "Bridal Shower" tag.
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Last of all, I took the remaining cherry blossom paper I had and ripped it into 2" wide strips to create belly bands and finished it off with my pink ribbon.
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Assembled!
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