Thursday, 10 May 2018

Embossed Wedding Dress Card

Embossed Wedding Dress Card

If you're looking for a wedding or a bridal shower card that's a bit different, this one might be for you! I had some gorgeous white organza ribbon that was begging to be used, and I was inspired to create a card that mimicked the lace texture and corset back of some styles of wedding dresses.

This is an envelope style card, so rather than opening in the traditional manner, the card with the sentiment where you write a message is tucked inside like a pocket and then can be pulled out. I've used a punch that creates a scalloped top for gift tags to create a bit of a handle so it's clearer how one would "open" the card.

Laced Wedding Dress Card

I was making this one up as I went and forgot to take pictures of the process, but I'll try to describe what I did in case you want to recreate it. The outer shell of the card will use up one piece of white 8 1/2" by 11" cardstock, and you'll also need an extra piece (approximately 4 1/2" by around 6" depending on how you create the tag top) for the inner message that slides inside.

I created the base of the card by cutting down my piece of cardstock to 5 1/2" by 8 1/2" and creating a gate fold. If you've never made a gate fold card, you basically just score on the long side at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8" and fold the left and right edges in so they meet in the centre. Using a ruler, I then decided on an angle for my corset back that looked right to me, marked it off evenly on either side, and cut it using my paper trimmer.

To create the lace texture, I took two pieces of cardstock that each measured 5 1/2" by 2 1/8" and embossed them in my Big Shot with a floral embossing folder. The folder I chose was the Petal Pair folder from Stampin' Up and I love how it turned out. It really reminded me of a wedding dress! I used these embossed pieces to clad the front of my card base. I aligned each embossed piece with the straight side of the front of my card and then folded it along the angled side so it would have a neater edge. I then trimmed off the excess and glued each piece down with a strong liquid glue.

To finish off the outside of my card, I needed one more piece of cardstock, this time measuring 5 1/2" long and just a little less than 4 1/4" wide (so it would fit neatly inside without buckling). I lay this piece inside and estimated where I wanted my ribbon to lie on the finished card. I marked these points with a pencil and a ruler and then used a 1/8" hole punch to punch holes to feed the ribbon through.

Since I forgot to take photos, I made a diagram that hopefully helps you understand what I did. Please note it's not to scale! You'll need to figure out where you want your ribbon by yourself if you want to recreate the card. Also, make sure you punch your holes far enough to each side that they will be hidden by the embossed dress part when it folds around them.

Ribbon Lacing Diagram

To measure how much ribbon I needed, I laced the ribbon through one half of the card without cutting it off the roll, then marked that point and pulled it all out again. I then doubled that length of ribbon plus a little extra to know how much I needed. I found it easiest to lace the card by aligning the very middle of my ribbon at the top and then lacing down each side. This helped me keep everything even and symmetrical and ensured I had enough ribbon on each side to tie my bow at the bottom.

After that, it was just a matter of adhering the laced piece of card inside the embossed portion of the card to create a pocket that I could slide something into. You'll want to adhere the bottom closed but make sure you leave the top open.

To create the inner card part, I used a piece of cardstock that was probably about 4 1/4" by 6" to start with, and trimmed it down until I could slide it in and out of my pocket easily. I used a tag topper punch to create the little scalloped handle at the top and a corner rounder to round the edges.I embossed my sentiment and some flowers along the bottom with silver embossing powder and tied a short length of same white organza ribbon to the top to help pull the two pieces together. Finally, I finished the card by placing a small pearl jewel in the centre of each flower. (I know their placement looks a little random in the photo, but they look much better in person, I promise!)

This card was definitely a labour of love and it took some time and a little trial and error to put together, but that seems right for a wedding card for some reason. Good marriages take work too, after all! Now I just need someone that I love to get engaged so I can give this card to someone special.

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