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 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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