6 September 2015

Bridesmaid cards

So here is the first of the wedding posts.... I am gearing up to write about how Tim proposed but I want to do it justice and need time to get my thoughts in gear! Watch this space.

Soon after I got engaged I set to thinking about how I would ask the girls to be my bridesmaids.
I knew I wanted something pretty, elegant and not too cheesy. There are hundreds of ideas on pinterest ranging from the beautiful to the absolute insane! I also knew I wanted to do something handmade.


I plumped in the end for a pretty card and some chocolates. Nothing too over the top but a nice little gift none the less.

I love the look of watercolours so spent an afternoon painting some simple leaves and flowers.
I then scanned this file into the computer and using photoshop cleaned it up and extracted each element.

I wanted a wreath type look so repeated and moved my watercolour drawings until I was happy with the shape they formed.


The next job was to put my question in the middle.
I used two fonts, Housegrind, for the script and Geonsans light for the sans serif. I made three versions of the card with each girls name in the centre.


On the back I wanted to give a few more details so typed up a little letter and added in some more watercolour elements to tie in with the front. I also left space to sign their name and mine by hand.
(certain parts are obviously blurred for privacy).

Once the cards were finished I printed them on nice card at 4 x 6.

To make envelopes I chose some pretty 12 x 12 double sided sheets. For each envelope I cut out two pieces at 5 x 7. I sewed up three of the edges in contrasting thread and cut a small semi circle at the top so the card inside could be easily pulled out.

I finished up by adding a small box of chocolates and tying the whole thing up with pretty liberty fabric.


This was a super easy thing to make and small enough to post to two of my bridesmaids. They all loved them and thankfully they all said yes!

16 comments:

Missus Wookie said...

They are lovely - glad your friends said yes.

Karen said...

Not the least bit surprised by the response! These are truly lovely cards. Your watercoloring is charming.

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

The cards are so pretty. I love that you digitised your own watercolours. I'm excited to follow your wedding planning.

Sandra said...

How utterly utterly beautiful

Lizzy Hill said...

How GORGEOUS! You are sooo creative! The journey begins.... LOVELY:)

Julia said...

That is such a beautiful way to ask them! Your painting skills are fabulous too - I think you should send the card to Hallmark and earn some money!

Sian said...

How lovely!

Patio Postcards said...

What a lovely keepsake for the ladies. You are one very thoughtful and considerate bride to be! Oh this is going to be SO much fun following along with all the wedding plans. I love weddings.

Ruth said...

What a perfectly lovely way to ask someone special to share in your wedding day!

Louise said...

a lovely idea.

alexa said...

How isn't that just the most perfect way to make a request like this? Just so Abi, with all that thought and care and talent :). They'd make lovely invitations for guests too!

JO SOWERBY said...

What a beautiful way to ask them to be bridesmaids, so unique and personal. So enjoying reading the wedding posts and looking forward to many more
Jo xxx

Barbara said...

Your cards are beautiful, so special.

Lizzie said...

That is a most wonderful and lovely project. What a great way to invite your friends to be your bridesmaids.

Gail said...

What an absolutely lovely way to ask them! I'm sure they will always treasure them.

Beverly said...

Abi, This is simply beautiful and such a wonderful touch of you. I am impressed with the whole design process.