Mary's Corner - Garden Invitation

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Garden Invitation -

I'm so happy with this gorgeous summer party invitation, and can’t wait to mail them!  Better yet, you could totally change the caption to “Happy Birthday” or “Thank You,” etc.  I always have an upcoming birthday or a thank-you note to send.

I loved working with this gorgeous BoBunny Jazmyne Glitter paper and coordinating Bazzil cardstock.  When I found it while shopping, I HAD to have it.  And this time, all the Bazzil cardstock I used (just picked it up at Archiver’s) cut perfectly!

SVG Collections Used

Moonlight Garden Party SVG Collection
A7 Sized Envelope and Cards with Bonus A7.5 Envelope SVG Kit


Here are the exact shapes, sizes and colors I used. Use the Keep Proportions option to keep the shapes’ proportions while sizing to the dimensions shown below.

Moonlight Garden Party SVG Collection
azalea.svg 7" wide Pink
button.svg 0.65" wide Green
gate.svg 3.4" wide Cream
oval_frame.svg 4.4" wide Cream Pattern (BoBunny Jazmyne Botanical)
oval_frame.svg (Blackout) 4.4" wide Purple Pattern (BoBunny Jazmyne Twilight)
raspberry_top.svg 0.8" wide Pink
raspberry_bottom.svg 0.8" wide Green
scallop1.svg 1" wide Green
scallop2.svg 1.4" wide Pink

Design Tips

  • My card base is A7-sized, which is simply a 5" by 14" rectangle, folded in half to 5” by 7.”  I used BoBunny Jazmyne Wellspring cardstock and the envelope (A7) is BoBunny Jazmyne cardstock
  • For the azalea, I used the "Break Apart" feature to cut the top three layers on a light pink and the two bottom (largest) layers on a darker pink.  This is totally optional (and subtle), but it added a nice touch!  (It’s those small details that really take projects over the top.)
  • On the garden gate, I stamped a viney pattern (rubber stamp by American Crafts - Dear Lizzy line) and then colored lightly in green pencil on some of the leaves and added some tiny purple bling.  I wove a delicate dyed ribbon between the pickets along the bottom which I tied in knots on the sides.  I don't know what made me think of this, but I love it!  Go me!
  • I inked the edges of every single piece in brown.  This takes a few extra minutes, and it can be tempting to skip this step, but it’s worth doing.  This somehow defines the edges, yet blends all the pieces together.  It’s the step that makes folks think you should quit your day job!
  • I embossed the raspberry using the Cuttlebug Textile Texture folder and rubbed a pink and dark red ink pad over the surface to make it more interesting and berry-like.
  • As you can see, I popped out a lot of the elements (using 3D Zots).  I added more purple bling and purple brads to the scalloped oval shape and tied more ribbon through the top of the card (I cut two neat slits in the top corners of my card with my Xacto knife).  I also tied similar ribbon through the holes in the button.

Thanks for checking out my project, and I hope you like! ~Mary :)

8 Responses to “Mary's Corner - Garden Invitation”

  1. Celeste April 8, 2010 at 3:41 am #

    Absolutely beautiful card. thank you so much Mary for sharing your wonderful talent with us all

  2. Nina April 8, 2010 at 4:19 am #

    I simply LUV this card. Thanks for sharing. You do such beautiful work.Is it possible to make a suggestion on a future pattern? I have something I would like. How do I go about requesting something done?

  3. Cely April 8, 2010 at 5:06 am #

    This is more like a Charleston garden party than the one I had in mine…a little more “refine”. It’s a beautiful card. This set is awesome!

  4. CRYSTAL WILLIAMS April 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Just gorgeous! I love the design and the papers. The colors are awesome. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

  5. Carmen Lucero April 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    What a beautiful card, Mary! I’m sure your guests will be delighted to receive it and even more to be in you all’s company (Texan here LOL)



  6. Shannon April 12, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    It’s beautiful Mary! I liked it so much I had to imitate it for a birthday card.

  7. Sandy May 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    This is such a wonderful feel good kind of card. The paper is gorgeous and the design is charming. You’re right . . . this could be used for anything, even sympathy cards if the paper was toned down a little. Gosh, I just totally love it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Bee June 29, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    I sure would be thrilled to find that in my mailbox, instead of the junk mail and bills, LOL :-)