yay! we've made it to day five of the papertrey ink countdown to new stamps, and one more look at invitation basics. after sharing invitations for younger kids yesterday, i wanted to focus on the versatility of the images by sharing a few older invitations today, all three a combo of printing and stamping and fairly easy to mass produce...
first up, a surprise fortieth invitation for a woman in tropical teal, hawaiian shores, and aqua mist with gold accents. i printed the text on a narrow strip of cardstock and added balance with a die cut and stamped cake with candles and the reminder: shhh! don't blow it! (one of my favorite surprise party phrases, especially when paired with candles for the full pun effect!) a gold luxe foil paper with scribbled circles provides the base with an additional pop of gold in the cake plate, die cut from a scrap of luxe gold adhesive. clean and simple and elegant!
next, another surprise party, but this time for a fifty year old man. i had milestone birthdays in mind when i designed the set of five candles for the cake. on their own, they make a perfect focal point for a big birthday celebration - just stamp out a pattern with them like the one i did above in enchanted evening and stormy sea, and you have a perfect birthday themed invitation for every big decade. shhh! don't blow it! tucks in between the candles and the printed verse and calls attention to the surprise, while the square shape and colors set a manly tone. so many candles, so easy to stamp!
and, finally, i created a sweet sixteen invitation with sixteen candles. while the smaller candles are perfect for multiples of five, the larger versions of the candles can be stamped individually, enabling you to create a grid of candles for any age, as well as being able to stamp them in multiple colors and fill up more space. here i decided to stamp the candles in different colors in a grid of 4 x 4, leaving room for the wording off to the side. Sixteen candles, hip, hip, hooray! after printing and then stamping, i layered the white panel on a piece of patterned paper from betsy's shakers and sprinkles kit. clearly, i like these colors because i keep coming back to them. what will i do when the paper is gone?! although i ended on a "kinda" kid invite (don't tell the 16 year old!), i hope i've demonstrated that the images are not just for kids - there really are so many possibilities for invitations and cards alike! remember all new stamps go live in the papertrey ink store tomorrow night at 10:00 pm eastern time. until then, be sure to check out nichole's blog for the complete scoop and links - today is "invitation inspiration" group post day and i can't wait to see what everyone else did with invitation basics!!