Sunday, May 13, 2012

My little bundle of joy Christening invitation onesies

Talk about a work in progress - Oliver's christening invitations have taken a lot longer to complete that I had first anticipated, but I am pleased to say that finally I have them all done and posted.  I had to hold off posting them for a little while as I couldn't get suitable accommodation in Canberra and thought that it would be just my luck to send them and then not be able to get somewhere to stay!
I made them by hand - no dies for this set (but I did end up finding a similar shaped die!!).  They are quite easy to make once you've done the first 20, which is lucky as I needed more than 40 in the end.

To recreate them you need to fold a piece of cardstock to measure 15cm in length when folded in half and 11cm wide.  Textured cardstock works the best but if you choose to use the smooth stuff I'd suggest running it through your Big Shot as they just look more finished.  Using a circle punch you can make the neck hold and the leg holes as well.  It takes a little practise to get the leg holes right.  With the slighly larger circle pumch or you could use the scallop circle you can make the edging for the neck and leg holes.  Three small brads work well for the little closure snap look at the bottom, though if I'd also had enough coordinating buttons I could have used those.

The little giraffe is from the Bundle of Joy stamp set and was selected as that's the animal we choose for Oliver when he was born. He's now the owner of five giraffes. 

To finish the cards, you just need to snail the stamped image onto a matching piece of cardstock and then snail it to the mail onesie suit.  So cute!  For the invitation part I used vellum which I simply ran through my ink jet printer and then cut out using a template I'd made by cutting down one of the onesie suits so that it fitted within the middle neatly. 

I can't wait for the Christening as we are holding it in Canberra which means that we'll really be able to catch up with many many friends and introduce our little Oliver to everyone for the first time.

Hugs - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Bundle of Joy
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Bashful Blue
Cardstock and Paper: Bermuda Bay, Bashful Blue, various Bazzill Basics
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, paper snips, clear block D,  circle punch, vellum, brads.

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