Where does the time go?? I am sure many of you have been wondering where I disappeared to. Don't worry I have not been ill, just very busy with my new job as the Market Development Manager for Justrite Stampers.Which means I have tons of exciting projects to share with you and soon you will be seeing some exciting new products from JustRite. First I have been designing Wedding Ensembles for the JustRite Booth at the New York Stationery Show, now that the show is over I can share all the exciting projects I have been working on. I just love planning a wedding, so I was thrilled when I had the chance to design three distinct wedding ensembles for the show. Today I will be sharing with you the ensemble I designed using Flourishes Stamps and my JustRite Monogram Stamper. Monogramming is back and you will find it on everything and JustRite has the most versatile monogram stamper on the market, since it has interchangeable parts which is perfect for designing multiple wedding projects.
The first piece I designed is for the for the wedding chapel or the head table. I used a very large vase and stuffed it with balls of green and white berries that I found at the Dollar Store. I was looking for a unique filling for my vase something with texture and something that would pick up the green in my heart design. The flowers I purchased at Joanne Fabrics.
I used the Damask Reversedclear stamp from Flourishes to create the my background paper using Rocket Red Brilliance ink. I love this stamp and it's companion stamp the Damask. This allows you to create any color of paper for a wedding ensemble. I had my heart set on a pink and green theme- but on my multiply shopping trips I just couldn't't find the paper I was looking for - thanks to Flourishes I could design just what I had in my head for a design. The interior heart was Flourishes Lace Heart Stampwhich fits perfect in the scalloped heart nestabilities from Spellbinders. To create this paper I used a paper from the Luxury Stack from Diecuts with a View (this is a beautiful paper pack and I used the paper in the pack for two different wedding ensembles with two extremely different themes). This paper is a pearlized metallic- so I used brilliance rocket red inks to stamp on the surface - as brilliance inks are designed to dry on a glossy surface.
I used the scroll border from the C45 Monogram Stamper Set with the Special Occasions Fontwhich I stamped with Memento's Pear Tart Dew Drop on an white Cardstock. This was the first time I used the new memento ink from Tsukineko and I love them!!
For the wedding party favors I found this great pre-embossed bag s. To change up the design a bit, this time I used the Damask Stamp from Flourishes to create a paper with a more open Damask. I used the same monogram for the front of the favor. The sheer ribbon with the scrolls is from Creative Impressions. I love this ribbon and is available in a ton of colors.
This is the centerpiece I created for the table. Unfortunately I do not have a photo of the actual finished piece. I decided it needed more color and to be fuller,so en route to the show I stopped at Michael's and picked up some small pink and green flowers to make the centerpiece fuller and to pull the color of the monogram throughout the centerpiece. The photos from this section of the booth did not come out. So as soon as my samples return from the show - I will show you a before and after picture. The centerpiece with the candle I purchased from Kmart and I just added my monogram and ribbon accents and it looked beautiful with the added flowers.
Here is the actual wedding invitation for the wedding. I used the instructions for a Flap Card from Splitcoast Stampers to start my invitation, but along the way I altered the Flap card design and decided to use two hearts. The embossed paper is from Doodlebug. For the Heart I used the Flourishes Lace Heart Stamp but this time I decided to ink the stamp with 2 colors, and to scuff the edges of the scalloped heart with green ink to accentuate the scallops. I also added ink to the scalloped edges of the monogram.
Monogram Etiquette for a Wedding Invitation:
Now I must confess that I used the wrong monogram for a wedding invitation as it is not appropriate to use the married monogram until after the wedding. ( But since it was midnight and for a display - I winged it). The correct monogram before the wedding would be to use the Initial of the bride's maiden name especially if the bride's parents are paying for the wedding. If the couple is paying for the wedding it is appropriate to use the first initial of the bride and an embellishment/or flourish and then the grooms first initial. Who knew how many rules they were for monogram etiquette. After the wedding it is appropriate to use the married monogram on everything. The bride's first initial goes first than in a large font the couples married name and then the first initial of the groom. What if the bride is keeping her maiden name?? Well that will have to be for another day of wedding etiquette lessons.
Here is the view of the inside of the invitation - see how different the heart looks when you use only one color to ink the image. Here I used Rocket Red Brilliance Ink to highlight the scalloped edges to play off the maroon paper. I scuffed the edge off the wedding invitation with the Memento Pear Tart Ink to pull green into this portion of the invitation. The invitation started out as a traditional flap card, but I decided I liked the flap adhered to the inside of the invitation. If you haven't made a flap card yet they are a ton of fun here is the link to the splitcoast tutorial for a flap card. I have a ton more samples to post so stop back and see all the other projects I did for the NYC Stationery Show.