If you recall my invitation formatting post, construction is where I had the most trouble. We ended up picking something pretty similar to this:
…using inspiration from these as well:
…but with a little twist:
For the belly band, we watercolored some large pieces of watercolor paper with our accent color:
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!):
(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.
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.
Next…the inside and the final Gray Wolf invitation reveal!
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