Lauren & Adam's wedding {project} no. 4

Sunday 24 June 2012

Lauren and Adam's Wedding is a week away and I wanted to share with you another project that we worked on with Lauren for the reception ... their escort cards.

We started with mini kraft paper bags and plain white tags (both are currently available in our Toronto store). We wanted to address the envelopes with the guest's name(s) and the tag inside the envelope would reveal the table number. Lauren did not feel comfortable writing on her envelopes so the first thing we tried was to print on the envelopes using our ink jet printers. But to be honest, we did not have much success and I would not recommend trying it. Lauren suggested that we try using sticker labels to address the envelopes. And that is what we did! I created a simple digital template with a lace design for her and Lauren added the names to each sticker. Then she printed the labels using the StickerYou custom stickers.

To make the tags a little more vintage looking, we die cut the tags using a "deep edge" Martha Stewart paper edge punch. Then I used distress inks to "colour" the tags so that they would look like old paper. The numbers on the tags were stamped using a vintage looking font.
Here's a quick breakdown of the tools that I used and how I recommend using them.
Note: all of these tools and supplies are available in our Toronto store in the Creative Studio area.
The Martha Stewart paper punch design that is shown is called "embroidery". Tip to use this punch with paper tags: reverse the punch so you can see where the die is going to punch the paper if you want the design to be centred.
I used Tim Holtz's distress inks in "vintage photo" and "walnut stain". I always use my Inkssentials craft mat and the Inkssentials bleeding tool when I use distress inks.
I prefer to use stamps on clear blocks so that I can see exactly where I am stamping.

If you want to learn more about using distress inks ... I'm going to suggest that you check out this video from Tim Holtz. Keep in mind when you watch the video that I used the blending tool technique on the tags  ...

Whether you are creating escort/place cards for a wedding, party or event you can make these your own by using different colours of ribbon or distress ink on the tags, using a different paper edge punch (how about a snowflake design for a winter wedding?), change the stamp font (look for something more whimsical for a child's party) or try using your own handwriting on the envelopes (for a personal touch).  

We have lots of escort/place cards in our stores and online that you can customize or use "as is". Stop by and see our selection.

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