I must admit, this year’s birthday invitations are fancier than my wedding invitations were lol. But I chalk it up to having more experience with card making now vs. then.
These beautiful invitations were my inspiration.
*Fair Warning this is a lengthy step-by-step tutorial To get started, I went to one of my favorite craft stores “Hobby Lobby” and purchased:
• 5.5″x7.5″ Kraft Envelopes
• 5″x7″ Navy blue bifold cards
• 4″x6″ White cardstock pack
• Embossing heat gun
• Embossing powder
• Clear embossing stamp pad
• A stamp
• Gold vellum paper
• Gold & white place cards
• Glue sticks
• Permanent glue roller
I used Kraft envelopes and addressed them with my calligraphy pen to make them fancy.
I started by opening up the 5×7 blank navy card and carefully folded the outside edge to meet the middle crease.
I repeated this step with the other side.
For the wording I used the intro from “Be Our Guest” song and added some of my own verbiage and of course it had to rhyme. 😉 I then inserted a silhouette of the Beauty and the Beast dancing.
I printed the invitation insert on the 4″x6″ white card and trimmed it up to fit a little better inside the 5″x7″ navy card. I used the glue roller on the back of the white card and pressed it into place.
Now comes the embossing stage! I discovered that I LOVE embossing and wonder why I didn’t get an embossing gun years ago! 😍 I lightly pressed the stamp on the stamp pad then immediately stamped the navy card above the insert.
Immediately cover the clear stamp imprint with embossing powder (I chose gold sparkle for an elegant look).
Lightly tap off the excess powder but make sure not to flick your card too hard otherwise you will make the powder fall off the stamp imprint.
Then use the embossing gun to essentially melt the powder to the paper. (Warning the embossing gun gets REALLY hot and I accidentally got too close to my carpet and have the melted/burnt spots to prove it! 😳 Hubby luckily wasn’t mad and with a smile on his face he simply made the comment “You will do anything to get rid of this carpet and get hardwood floors won’t you?” Hahaha, it really was a mistake but given my track record with also accidentally electrifying myself with the stove after making comments how much I wanted a new stove I can totally see where he is coming from. 😋 I cut 1/4″ x 11.5″ strips of gold vellum. I measured the length for the sides of the frame. You can use the scrap to measure the length for either the top/bottom pieces (you will get 1 side & 1 top piece per each strip). I made sure to cut the corners of top and bottom frame pieces at a 45 degree angle to give it a more finished look (this doesn’t have to be a perfect 45 degree angle so I just eyeballed it). Next use the glue stick to apply glue to the backside of the strips and press them in place.
I chose to use place cards for the outside seal (added bonus is that I was able to use BOTH the front and the back of the place cards so I didn’t have to buy another package. I used a small crown stamp that I already had and embossed it with the same gold sparkle powder. For the wording I broke out my calligraphy set and hand wrote “Be Our Guest” on each card.
Cut the gold vellum paper in 2″X11.5″ strips (you will get 4 pieces per sheet of paper). Make sure to count how many invitations you are making so you know how many strips to cut.
Forgive me as I forgot to take a picture of this next step. All you need to do is lay your navy card in the center over the gold strip. Fold each side of the gold strip so they overlap in the middle. Apply the glue roller to the center of the place card, place it over where the vellum meets up and press it into place.
I love how the gold strip and seal simply slide on/off the invitation!
At this point I was torn. The invitations look amazing but I also wanted more (I know I’m crazy sometimes lol). So I also added some gold fleur de lis in the corners.
I ❤️ how elegeant the invitations came out.