Fountain of SparkleMy daughter Julia got married a week ago and as you can imagine, there was much activity going on in preparation for that day. The wedding was gorgeous. The Bride was strikingly beautiful and the whole event was spectacular.
The wedding colours were black, white and teal-turquoise. Julia had asked me to make the box for wedding cards and said I could do ANYTHING I wanted with it. That put me into a quandary as there are endless possibilities.
|Photograph by Renaissance Studios, Toronto, Ontario|
It took two of us to cut the slot on the side. I held the box steady while Julia carefully moved the skill saw around the curved surface. It was tricky.
I knew I wanted to finish the cut edge to make it look like a big button hole. After playing around with duct tape and hockey tape, the winner was electrical tape. We loved the shiny finish, and it was pliable as well as repositionable on our box.
While shopping for all the components, I knew I didn't want the card box to look anything like a gift because it would be sitting on the gift table. So no bows. Flowers? Too busy. But I DO love a flowery touch. So I imagined a raised ball of some kind with flower petals covering it and dripping over the edge of the box lid. Hmmm, I also wanted some crystal or sparkle. What I was going for was DIMENSION!
We arranged the petals and twisted some up and some down, pinning them to the foam ball. When it was completely covered, it looked like a beautiful hydrangea-type flower. The rest was easy. We placed the stem of crystals in the center and arranged the branches to look like a fountain.
1 box of aqua rose petals, solid and sheer
1 5-in florist's foam sphere (cut in half)
1 stem of crystals
1 sheet black card stock 12x12
glass round jewels, flat on one side
Cricut and cartridges Alphalicious and Accent Essentials
We cut a black scalloped "doily" at size 10 on the Cricut, and added the glass jewels to the scallops (see pic at left).
The letters spelling "CARDS" were cut at size 2 from teal stock, shadowed in white. My favourite font, Alphalicious was used for this. We made 2 sets, one for each side of the envelope slot.
The picture at right shows the lettering on the card box.
Voila! My vision turned out better than I expected! Weeks of research (dare I say months?), buying way too much stuff and trying various techniques were just steps to get me to the final product.
Would I ever make another one? ABSOLUTELY! The hard part has been all figured out.
August 2017 update:
My finished wedding card box has been viewed and downloaded hundreds of times.
Thank-you to those of you who have expressed your appreciation!