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Who can resist tea and cake? Tempt your guests to join you for an afternoon with a stunning spring invite
How lovely is it to receive an invitation to a friend or family’s garden party? Even more so when it reflects the beauty of a fresh, floral setting. Make your invitations as alluring as the venue with the help of this delightful afternoon tea invite.
Trim a white A5 Card Blank to 13.5cm square and a sheet of vellum to 13cm square. Then cut a 13.5cm square piece of floral patterned paper from the Freshly Cut Flowers paper pack, making sure the flowers are visible.
Using the Xcut Bird Wreath Die, die cut twice with mid-green cardstock. Cut again using two different pale pink and a pale purple cardstock. Remove the birds and trim down the inner flowers on one of the green die-cuts. Keep the largest branch intact and add another branch from the second green wreath to the top area. Replace the flowers by trimming blossoms from the coloured wreaths and sticking them in place. Slightly overlap two coloured birds and fix together, then repeat to make another.
Lay the wreath centrally over the floral paper and mark the inner space, then cut out. Repeat for the front of the card blank and fix in place, sandwiching vellum in-between. Next, fix on the decorated wreath and add the birds in opposite corners. Create a double coloured frame; carefully cut a green border to fit the card and a slightly smaller, thinner pink frame to sit over the top, fixing in place.
Cover both inside panels with a piece of green dotty patterned paper from the pack, leaving a thin white border. Remember to cut away the same circular hole as the front cover. Mirror the wreath design around the circle on the inside, but leave undecorated and fix down.
Die cut a circle from white paper for your message using the largest Xcut Nesting Circles Die. Draw pencil guidelines for your sentiment, sketching the hand-lettered words first, and making sure it fits within the wreath window so it can be seen when closed. Then, draw over the pencil with an Artiste Black Permanent Dual-Tip Pen and stamp the rest of your message. Fix the circle inside the invite, adding additional cut pieces of green wreath.
Make up a secret tag with a stamped RSVP from a piece of the white patterned paper. Add an additional bird as before, plus another sprig from the trimmed wreath. Cut to size a second card back from white cardstock. Trim a small semi-circle cut-out where the tag sits and fix the additional card back in place, leaving the area housing the tag free from glue, to create a pocket.
Finally, create a matching envelope using the invite as a size guide when drawing out the envelope shape. Cut out using the same patterned paper as the tag. For an extra touch, add a piece of floral paper to decorate the inside of the envelope.