Aloha! Joscie here to share a little Birthday Party Hybrid fun with you.
I used Carina Gardner’s OH Boy! Party Time and OH Boy! Party Time Extras, Jen Allyson’s Real Simple Polaroid Frames, Deena Rutter’s Note Cards and Melissa Esplin’s Cupid Classic Cursive Alphas to create these hybrid goodies to share with you.
I knew I wanted to create the party invitations, thank you cards and place cards all using this beautiful cursive alpha. I started creating the process in CS4 with an 8.5” x 11”, 300dpi document. Using Melissa’s alphas, I created a few phrases: it’s a party, thank you, and each child’s name. I sized each phrase so it was no longer than 2” and no taller than 1.5”. I duplicated each item with lots of space surrounding each phrase.
For the invitation, I typed most of the text in a typewriter font and added the birthday child’s name with the cursive alpha. I printed these on cream colored cardstock
I used a Stampin’ Up! Oval punch to punch out the phrases and names.
I used a Marvy Scalloped Oval Punch to punch out some Patterned papers to layer under the phrase ovals.
I trimmed the invitation text to 3 7/8” x 3 7/8” squares and rounded the corners.
Using a foam brush and Tim Holtz distressing ink in Shabby Shutters (green) I applied ink to the oval, the scalloped oval and the invitation text.
I used Deena Rutter’s Notecard cutter files to cut scalloped rectangles on my silhouette to layer the invitation pieces on.
The invitation text was adhered directly to the scalloped rectangle. The oval and scalloped oval were both adhered with foam adhesive to add depth.
I knew I wanted to have a contrasting inside to my envelopes, so I printed up quite a few sheets of the Party Time and Party Time Extras Patterned Papers on to plain cardstock. I printed them double sided, with different designs on each side.
Using my silhouette and an A2 envelope design I cut these envelopes.
I scored the fold lines and applied adhesive to the flaps to create a perfectly coordinated envelope.
For the names on the outside of the envelope, I used the oval punched cursive names layered with the scalloped oval pieces. I also inked these pieces before adhering to the envelope.
Using more of these double printed cardstock sheets, I cut banner pieces on my silhouette, and got six triangles per sheet. You can use a craft knife, mat and ruler too! The Triangles are 3.25” on the short side and 5” long.
I took the stack of cut triangles, straightened them and then used a paper drill to punch a hole in each of the top corners. You could also use an anywhere hole punch, a crop-o-dile or a regular hole punch to make these holes.
I used one roll of satin ribbon and threaded all my little flags on to create a banner.
I used Japanese Washi tape to tape the banner up to the ceiling. No fuss, no muss and easy removal!
I created place cards for the guests using the same cursive alpha, oval and scalloped oval punches and three banner flags.
I assembled the name pieces, adhered the name to the center banner flag, and threaded them onto a 30” piece of satin ribbon. I used Japanese washi tape to tape these to the back of the chairs.
Using the scraps from the other projects, I trimmed 3/4” strips of paper.
I applied adhesive to the back of the paper, placed a toothpick in the center and folded the strip to form a flag.
I used my scissors to trim a little notch in the flag, easy!
I also used 2 strips of paper to decorate my cupcake stand. Okay, truthfully, it’s just a platter and a turned over bowl! I cut two strips of the candle paper the same height and adhered them together to form a long strip.
I wrapped it around the bowl and then adhered the ends to form a loop.
I stacked the cupcakes up and voila, a cupcake stand!
Thank You notes:
Thank you notes can be a lot of work for little ones who are just learning to write so I created an easy fill in the blank thank you card, with a space for a picture of the child with the gift. It could easily be a picture of the child with the giver too.
In CS4, I opened a new 8.5”x11” 300 dpi document. I added a patterned paper background and Jen’s Polaroid Frame. Using my Marquee tool, I created a square just larger than the Polaroid opening, on a new layer under the frame, and I used the bucket tool to fill it. I opened a picture and brought it into the layer directly over the square and under the frame. I clipped the picture to the square. I also used the thank you in the cursive alpha on top of the frame.
On the right side, I created a text box and typed the thank you note, leaving blank lines for the child to add words. I also added a rounded rectangle in cream under the text to help it stand out from the patterned paper.
I was able to print two per 8.5”x11” paper, using the borderless feature on my printer.
I also printed a different patterned paper on the outside of the thank you note. After both sides printed and trimmed I rounded the corners and added a thank you sentiment to the front.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and it gives you some ideas for your next party! Please let me know if you have any questions!