We had a sunshine theme for Bea’s birthday. I had a vision for the paper invitations, her sweet little face radiating light.
These photos didn’t turn out so well, but I guess I’ll take my return to blogging one day at a time. 🙂 There’s always time to improve my photography.
Total Crafting Time: 2 days
Tip: add the glitter paint as the last layer to make it extra sparkly.
Supplies (with affiliate links):
- paint brush
- corner cutter
- paper plate
- A9 flat cards
- multi-surface acrylic paint (Duckling, Yellow Barite, & Pollen)
- A9 envelopes
I took one of her photos and used a simple circle in adobe illustrator to create the base for the invite.
For those of you interested in replicating this for yourself in illustrator:
- create a canvas that’s the size of the cards you’re going to print on.
- open the photo as it’s own layer
- open a circle as it’s own layer (you can create a circle by holding down the shift button as you stretch the oval shape)
- arrange the layers so that the photo is on top, the circle in the middle and the canvas on the bottom
- hover your mouse between the photo layer and the circle layer, push the option button, and then click between the two layers
Then I added the text layers to finish.
Once the invites were printed, I used a corner cutter to snip the corners.
Then I broke out the paints.
I started with a single layer of paint (Duckling) around the photo.
From there, I painted the first round of rays and then I used Pollen to highlight the first round of rays and then add a shorter second round of rays.
Lastly, I added a layer of golden sparkly paint (yellow barite).
I let it dry overnight and voila. I made about 50 of these invites, and I love how they turned out.
It reminded me how fun it is to put your heart into a craft. I had such a fun time making these– a true labor of love.