Now back to the project I mentioned earlier. My sister-in-law is getting married this July and being the good family that I am, I volunteered to do her invitations for her. I guess you can call me as a Jack...errr I mean "Jane of all trades, master of none" kinda girl. hehe.
Anyway, the wedding will be in a traditional Chinese theme, and so I thought it would be great if I can make the wedding invitation inspired by a cheongsam (Chinese Dress).
And here is the result of my 65 hours of work:
My sister-in-law managed to purchase some chinese fabric buttons (frog buttons) from China and I basically scoured thru textile manufacturers and was able to buy the silk material at $5.99/yard. Quite a deal don't you think?
Then when you open the invitation I had printed the "Double Happiness" character on a gold vellum paper. The character is a commonly used symbol in Chinese Weddings. Behind the gold vellum shows the printed invitation.
The next one shows you a little bit on how I just basically wrapped a paper with the fabric to use for the invitation. If the picture was any bigger, you would've seen that I've used scotch tape just to use for the sample. For the final product I used a spray craft glue.
And in the last picture below, I was able to use my very little itty bitty knowledge with Adobe Illustrator to make the map and the rsvp card.
I've done dozens of invitations before, but this is what I am most proud of. (Ok, other than my own baby announcements donned with my babies faces in there of course...hehe.) I had to make 150 of these invitations, meaning 150 pieces of materials to cut and glue, 150 pieces of envelopes to calligraphy by hand, 150 pieces of rsvp cards, stamps, and envelopes to label, and 150 pieces vellums and maps to print and cut. Now you know why it took me 65 hours altogether - and that is with some little help from my friend and husband!
I need some sleep! Boy, do my sister-in-law owe me big time!