I knew the colour of the bridesmaids dresses so used this as the base colour scheme for the card. Knowing that Laura loves anything with flowers and a little bling made the design really easy. All the die cuts were made using Marianne dies and my trusty sizzix. I used card in two shades of pink, white and silver mirror card from hunky dory.because I was using an embossing board to create the book shape the adorable scoreable card they make is perfect because the lovely satin finish doesn't crack.
I started by making the box base and lid using a glitter girls embossing board and whilst that was drying I got to work with their bookatrix embossing board and their fanciful embossing board. Once the layers of the main book were cut I curved them slightly to add dimension and added silver peel offs just inside the embossed lines to add emphasis. The centre spine of the book was wrapped with pink satin ribbon.
I wanted the book to stand up on a easel and using a piece of A4 card folded to form an A5 card blank I folded this to form the base of my easel. I then embossed and cut round the door plate shape from the fanciful embossing board to shape the front inside of the blank for the stopper. I then embossed the layers from the fanciful board to match the layering on the main book. I added the congratulations message and added a flower at each end to form the stopper for the easel card.
I added a white heart that I had trimmed with sticky flat backed pearls all added individually around the edge. The greeting had been printed on safmat and was die cut to match the heart before sticking it down to get a neat edge. I added the die cut wedding rings and champagne glasses using glue gel to add dimension. To add the finishing touches to the card I added floral arrangements to each corner. On the top corners I added a cream rose with a pink centre and then graduated cream roses to frame the page adding die cut leaves and wire spirals. The spirals were made from the off cut of stems from the flowers used and I wrapped the wire around the handle of a paint brush to shape them.
On the bottom corners I added a single large pink rose again from Wild Orchid with some die cut fern leaves and a pearl spray, I finished off by adding the little twisted spirals.
Whilst the elements on the card were drying I could return to the box
I cut a panel of the paler pink card and stuck this to the lid adding a plain white heart and the lord and lady die cut heads. This was again trimmed with sticky backed pearls. I made the lady a veil using plastic net from a chocolate coin bag that was in my recycling box and added the tiny flowers to the head dress.
I added a floral arrangement to the top left of the box using roses from Wild Orchid crafts (ivory tea rose) and then added die cut foliage a seam binding bow and a silver heart charm from Mei Flowers. I added a similar arrangement to the top right hand corner, but this time without the bow.
I finished the box lid by adding a large pearl flourish across the bottom.
A couple of friends at work have seen the finished card and box and they were both convinced that Laura and Andrew will love the card. I am safe in the knowledge that neither of them are into the delights of blogging so it is safe to share the design here ahead of their big day. All that remains now is for us all to hope that April 26th is gorgeously sunny for them.
I am entering the card into the following challenges
http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Love or Valentines
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Bingo I chose Pearls/dies or punches and ribbon
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes
http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Flower Power
http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.co.uk/ - Pop it up
http://littlescrappieces.blogspot.co.uk/ - Valentine or with a heart
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes
http://crazychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - use Pink and gems
http://craftuscrazy.blogspot.co.uk/- Favourite things die cutting,and embellishments