But the story starts a few months before!!! After John and Julie got engaged and started planning their wedding, they asked Cindy and I to make their wedding invitations. Holy Cow! We had never done invitations like that before, but we were up for the task and honored to be asked.
Since J&J were planning a sunrise wedding, they wanted the sunrise to be the theme of the invite. Cindy and I scoured pictures of sunrises and came up with a color scheme that we liked. We created an invite and after a few changes here and there, J&J approved the invite design.
So, this summer Cindy and I made the invites. Here they are:
Here is what was under the vellum:
Since we haven't 'yet' learned to use the brayer - Cindy and I worked with dye ink and sponges on glossy cardstock. The first thing we did was to emboss the sea grass (PTI stamps). After that, we used post-it notes to make a horizon and started sponging yellow ink. We then cut a post-it in half to make the sunrise out of the horizon and continued to sponge yellows and oranges. Towards the top we added light blue.
Then we turned to post-its around and started working upward from the beach to the ocean. We dragged across the bottom two distress ink pads to make the dry & wet sand look. Then sponged some light blue into deeper blue to make the water.
John asked why we wanted to use the vellum over the sunrise and our answer was two-fold. It was the only way for us to put the actual wedding wording ON the invite front and...............to hide any mistakes/blemishes :) Let me tell you.......I love vellum!!!!! ( ha ha ha )
If you turned the invite over - we made a pocket and typed up the weekend events and how to RSVP. We used a Martha Stewart seashell punch for the bottom border.
I'm so happy I have a nice relationship with one of the employees at my local stamp store, because when I went to buy the punch, they had sold out. She kindly lent me HER personal punch to punch out what we needed for the invites. How sweet!Here are a few pictures of the "actual' sunrise from the morning of the wedding: