Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Since the holiday party season is in full swing, I thought I would show you the invitation I whipped up for the annual party we host for people from my husband's office. I cranked out 40 of these pretty quickly (in one evening!), so you know they are easy to reproduce!

I started with a cardbase of Pure Poppy cardstock from Papertrey Ink. Cut, score and round the corners -easy peasy! I then stamped the frame image and a sentiment from this year's PTI anniversary set (Round & Round) with Versmark ink. Sprinkled on silver embossing powder and went to town with my heat gun. (As always, you can click on the picture for a more detailed look.)

The bell is punched from a text weight silver shimmer paper that I picked up at A Happy Stamper. The punch is from the Martha Stewart line. I tied a small bow from red and white baker's twine for a nice little touch, too. So far, so good - right?

I turned to my computer to start the interior. Find a postcard template and simply fill in your information. You can then print four on one sheet of paper - nice and quick! These are printed on an off-white text weight paper. Once I printed them, I trimmed them and rounded the corners. I added the flourish that you see there with a stamp from Big & Bold Holiday Wishes - the stamping ink and the printer ink matched seamlessly. (Hubby couldn't even tell that it was stamped!) I adhered that text weight sheet and voila! I was done.

I work pretty quickly, but anyone could easily make a bunch of these over a weekend. Simple techniques (like the heat embossing I did on the front) are techniques that always make a BIG impact, so choose just one WOW factor to incorporate into your design, whether it be embossing or die cutting, or something similar. Give it a try - your recipients will be impressed!

Be well. ~ Jenn

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