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‘Tis the Season…

May 3, 2010

…for weddings!

Would you believe that from April until the end of August, I have 4 wedding cards to make! Oh, boy, will it be a busy season!

Parchment craft is fabulous for creating a wedding card. You can be as simple or ornate as you like, and the final card will look magnificent.

For instance, one of the wedding cards I made I had adapted from PergamanoM11/2. I opted to leave off the 3-D flowers for a more simple card.

The insert is Rainbow pastel paper, and the words are Starform® stickers. When using the Starform® words, it is best to use a craft knife to place them on the paper.

For the next wedding card, I chose a free pattern from Anneke Oostmeijer. I had seen some paper that I felt would make a lovely insert. When I saw Anneke’s pattern, the whole idea came together.

I tried to center the work “love” in the front, but “Happiness” fit much better. You should have happiness in a marriage as well as love. Here’s what it looks like when opened:

Now, I had a problem. Where to put the sentiment? As this is not a truly traditional styled wedding card, I chose to use the same backing paper (the color you see through the cut out areas on the front sides) and put the sentiment on the back (names removed to protect the innocent).

I gather you are wondering why in the world I would use shades of purple for a wedding card! One thing I generally do, when I know the bride well, is ask what her wedding colors will be. There really is nothing more special than a handmade card (made with love) in the brides special colors.

One of my favorite patterns I made for a friend’s daughter last year was a Janet Wilson pattern, and had over 300 seed beads sewn onto the parchment paper.

This pattern was originally “marketed” as an anniversary card.

There are a lot of patterns on the market (and free patterns) that would be wonderful for a wedding card. Even though a particular pattern may not have been designed and  marketed as a wedding card (in the designers eye), the pattern may be very appropriate for the bride and groom that you know. Do follow your heart when choosing a pattern for such a special occasion.

Of course a handmade parchment craft card is not complete without it’s own envelope. Because of the delicate nature of the paper, and to keep any elements I may have placed on the card (brads, 3-D flowers, 3D butterflies, etc.) safe, I try to use matching card stock, or at least a complimentary colored card stock to fold my own envelope. There are several envelope making templates on the market, if you so desire. I have one by Crafter’s Companion, that has several sizes on one “score board.”  Most of the time I just fold the card stock around the card, cut out a few notches at the corners, use double-sided tape to hold the edges together, and voila, a heavy-weight envelope that compliments your card!

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4 Comments
  1. May 3, 2010 10:50 pm

    Another awesome entry to your blog, C!!! Lovely wedding cards each and every one.

    • cepet permalink
      May 3, 2010 11:09 pm

      Thanks V!

  2. May 4, 2010 10:34 am

    Well done – great article, well explained and good photos too!

    • cepet permalink
      May 4, 2010 11:31 am

      Thank you so much, Karen!

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