DIY Save the Date Cards

Making my own save-the-date cards and wedding invitations is something I always knew I’d be rolling up my sleeves for. I’ll probably end up typing the real things since my calligraphy can get a little sloppy…and by the time I’ve done 50 of them, I might have carpal tunnel. I’m still trying to figure out the colors too. I never thought picking colors would be so complicated or that there were so many rules involved with this stuff.

What I do know is that I’m pretty sure the bridesmaids will be wearing floor length navy blue dresses for our November 2012 wedding. And maybe they’ll have red-colored flowers? I actually really like red mums. Anyways…I’m still brainstorming but felt that I needed to do a practice session of DIY Save the Date card-making. I think I’ll do a few different styles until I figure out the right look, then get my card stock stacks and trimmer ready for mass production of them. At least save-the-dates don’t need to be mailed until 6 months before the wedding! I have time to figure it out. Hope this practice card take # 1 looks ok!

save the date card DIY

save the date card diy card making

Save the Date DIY wedding

Save the Date Cards Handmade

Pop-Up Girly Birthday Card

For one of my best friend’s 25th birthday, I decided to put together a very pink, girly, and cute looking pop up card.  Most of the embellishments I made myself, but some were purchased and made by Jolee. The paper was actually a Target brand (very cheap) and not from my typical Stampin Up collection. They sell packs of metallic and pink colored-palette paper for less than $10. I’d definitely recommend checking out their scrapbook section for paper the next time you are there. But my usual go-to location is JoAnn Fabric or ordering from Stampin Up.

This card uses a V shaped pop up as the mechanism. Again, I will show you a how to for both the V shape and L shape in a tutorial that I am still putting together. Hope you enjoy this!

Have a beautiful day!

Pop Up Birthday Card

Pop Up Birthday Card

Pop Up Birthday Card

Pop Up Party Invitation

I created these surprise party invitations for my future father-in-law’s 65th birthday. A couple photos didn’t come out very clear, but I no longer have them in my possession to take addition photos. I wanted to show you how you can make a very simple pop up card.

I didn’t do much drawing or serious x-acto knife work here,  and the pop up itself is very simple. It is an L shaped pop-up mechanism that creates a step coming out of the page. I created the balloons on the front cover, and many of the embellishments on the inside, on my own. This was mainly because I was too cheap to buy the already made scrap-booking birthday party embellishments by Jolee, and so I took a picture of the ones I liked on my phone in the store, and then used them as inspiration to make my own versions at home.

The pop-up balloons in the center are simply cut out using scissors and drawing the shape of a balloon and I added tiny strips of ribbon for the balloon strings. And as always, I hand wrote all the text in the card.

If you don’t have the time or patience to create your own embellishments, you can easily make these exact invitations by purchasing some ready-made scrapbooking party stickers, using some pinking shears for a little pizzazz or any other paper punching device to make the paper look pretty, and a couple sheets of paper. I’ll show you soon how to make the L shaped (as well as a V shaped)  pop up card and how you can easily decorate a pop-up that will make any occasion fun and special.

Pop Up Birthday Party Invitation

Pop Up Party Invitation

Pop Up Party Invitation

Get Well Soon: Holiday Pop Up Card

At our office, one of our co-workers has been out on medical leave right before Christmas. To cheer him up over the holidays, I made this get well soon pop up card / book and had everyone in our office sign it to offer him their greetings. This was sent to him right before the holiday weekend. I hope he enjoyed it! There is a video of the card below.

Hope everyone had a safe, healthy, and joyous holiday!

Get Well Soon Pop Up Card

Get Well Soon Pop Up Presents

Pop Up Christmas Tree

Get Well Soon Pop Up Santa

Get Well Soon – Holiday Theme Pop Up Card

Pop Up Card: Gift Box

As mentioned, I planned on creating 4 pop up spreads in my grandma’s Christmas card. Yesterday, I featured the poinsettia and today, I have finally completely the pop up gift box. In previous posts, I have showed cards with pop-up gifts stacked on top of each other along the crease of the card, but the illusion only shows 2 sides of the gift boxes.

My goal for this card was to have a full 3D gift box pop out right in the middle of the card. The wrapping paper for the gift box is shiny silver metallic cardstock, but it doesn’t appear as shiny in the photos. The rest of the paper is yet again from Stampin’ Up. No Jolee’s stickers for decorative accents this time though. The stars are made from a paper punch and the tag that says “To Gram” is my own hand cut-out using an x-acto knife and careful handwriting.

Take a peek if you would like at the photos below!

Pop Up Card Gift Box

Pop Up Card Gift Box

Pop Up Card Gift Box

Pop Up Card Gift Box

Pop-Up Card: Poinsettia

Here is a pop-up card that I created for my grandmother. It is a 4 page spread of little pop-up surprises! I have some similar looking scenes from other cards that I have already displayed in other posts, so I won’t repeat those here, but I would like to showcase the pop-up poinsettia!

The card background is simple, as I wanted to keep the focus on the flower. I created the petals by cutting out narrow heart shapes and then layering small ones on top of 2 large ones. I added the green petals at the end to add some contrast (and make it look more like a flower) and just slipped them under the large petal base and secured with glue. The cardstock is by Stampin’ Up, and the little snowflake was created using a paper punch. I thought it would add an extra wintry touch.

Have a lovely afternoon!

Poinsettia Pop Up

Pop Up Poinsettia

Pop Up Poinsettia