Monday, June 20, 2011

8 is GREAT!!! - Invite Tutorial

 Hi ya everyone!
  It's my turn to share a tutorial at She's A Sassy Lady today and I chose my daughter's invites as a project.
My sweet Anna is turning 8 this month and wanted a purple monkey cake - so specific for 8!  She also wanted monkey (Create A Critter) invites hanging from the number 8!  Again specific...she is all about the details! LOL - so I've decided to do a short tutorial on making single layer invites.  Instead of a card I wanted to make a flip over card basically because the monkey hanging from the 8 would be a little unsteady unless I placed it directly on a rectangle piece of paper.  I also like to use as little paper as possible.  I laid each element out on my Gypsy first and then split them up and made multiples.
Monkey Shadow (Brown Bazzil) and Monkey Front (Purple paper from Basic Grey stack Oh Baby! Girl)

Monkey Middle (Yellow Basic Grey stack Oh Baby! Girl and 8 backing in Green Basic Grey stack Oh Baby! Girl)
Front of 8 in Basic Grey elephant paper from Oh Baby! Girl stack and Brown Bazzil for shadow
I chose the following papers and cut out each card.
I also cut out an extra 8 with the holes shadowed for the information portion on the back.  Here are all the pieces cut and ready for assembly.
I adhered the 8 with my ATG.
I glued the top layer of the monkey onto the yellow paper and then adhered that to the shadow in brown using the ATG.

I then adhered the monkey to the 8 with glue and ATG.  I used both to make sure the two were adhered well together.
Sometimes I would use a bit too much ATG and it would hang over.
This is why I love the ATG I have because even though it's incredibly adhesive it can be rolled off gently.  I roll in slightly with my finger and then tear it off and use the glue ball to get any extra off.
Last, I grabbed my $1 Studio G stamp set, Versafine black ink and an acrylic block.
I lined up my stamps on the back of the invite first and then pressed the acrylic block to them.  I covered the stamps in black ink and stamped them to the invite! 
Thanks for checking out my tutorial!  I LOVE Comments and your encouragement is truly appreciated!


  1. These cards are just adorable. Anna did a great job with offering her suggestions! Great detail Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial with us and these AWESOME invitations at She's A Sassy Lady!

  2. These invitations are awesome Melissa. Love that cute monkey and the papers are perfect. I'm sure your little diva (lol) loved them!

  3. Oh my gosh, that is the most adorable invitation. How unbelievably cute. Wonderful idea btw.

  4. These invitations are just too CUTE!!! tfs! -Sam :-)