Invitation DIY: Constructing the Shell

If you recall my invitation formatting post, construction is where I had the most trouble. We ended up picking something pretty similar to this:

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(Invitation via Oh So Beautiful Paper / by Christa Alexandra)

”¦using inspiration from these as well:

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(Invitations via Ritzy Bee Blog / by Timeless Paper)

”¦but with a little twist:

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For the belly band, we watercolored some large pieces of watercolor paper with our accent color:

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We were pretty haphazard with the style, since we were going to punch it anyway. I bought this Martha Stewart punch (with a 50% off coupon from Michaels!):

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(Image via Amazon)

This thing was the bane of my existence. We started out with really heavy weight paper—it was painful just to press down the punch once. I think we must have gotten a dud because even when we switched to lighter watercolor paper, the paper kept catching in the punch and blahdy blahdy blah—it took forever.

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Pretty though, right?

The green watercolored bit is actually a die-cut my mom already had. We watercolored the green and then punched out a bunch of those using her Sizzix machine—basically a home version of those big die cut machines your elementary school teachers have. It ended up playing nicely as a flap and an easy way to incorporate watercolor. When I get to the inside, you’ll see it mirrors the invitation design too.

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Next”¦the inside and the final Gray Wolf invitation reveal!

All photos personal unless otherwise noted.

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Mrs. Gray Wolf

Location:
Washington DC
Wedding Date:
February 2013
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    miss-care-bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:27 am

    Apparently, you can sharpen a dull puncher by punching into Aluminum foil a few times. I haven’t tried it yet, but apparently it really works :)

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    almost-mrsp 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:40 am

    These look great so far– can’t wait to see the inside!

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    Mrs. Gray Wolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 10:30 am

    @Miss Care Bear: ah yeah we tried that! wax paper supposedly works too, but i think we kinda ruined the punch by trying it on such thick paper.

    @Almost Mrs.P: thank you!

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    Mrs. Treasure 1638 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:40 am

    Can’t wait to see the whole thing! These look amazing so far.

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:56 pm

    So pretty, I love the watercolor elements!

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    Mrs. Panda 1324 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:19 pm

    your invitations are such a labor of love. so pretty. I can’t wait to see the inside! I’m so excited!

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    Mrs. Sparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 1:23 pm

    Love the watercolor, the color scheme, the lined envelopes… all of it.

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    Mrs. Toadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:01 pm

    I really like the watercolor effect, and that belly band is too cute I kind of want that punch.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 1409 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:18 pm

    Ooooh… can’t wait to see it all.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:41 pm

    Love the use of watercolor!

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 7:34 am

    I think it’s just that those punches don’t work very well. I tried on for our escord cards and wanted it to go through two sheet of paper, which would up being impossible. Although I changed up the way I used it and figured out how to make it work.

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    Suzanne Willis, Guest @ 7:49 am

    You should have your invitation handpainted on a wine box or memory chest. When my husband gets a wedding invitation from someone, he recreates it onto a wine box or memory chest. It’s a great memorabilia for their wedding. He is creating a really intricate one with chandeliers this next month.

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