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The Little Prince-Le Petit Prince-Ο μικρός πρίγκιπας

Anyone as excited as I am about The Little Prince? The book, the concept, the illustrations…everything about it shouts extraordinary! So, why should a christening invitation with The Little Prince as a theme be ordinary?

Let me get right to the point though…I was asked to prepare a few samples for a “The Little Prince” themed christening. Off we go to see some steps of the process (if possible) and the final results.

The ‘always present’ companion…my Big Shot Express…Big Shot Express

…some dies…let’s see which ones…

1. Sizzix Bigz XL Die-Long Triangle Box

2. Quickutz Die-Star

…and finally a sprinkle of imagination!

Ideas were overflowing and three samples were created as a final result. For the first one, simple yet elegant invitation, I only used the quickutz die and punched two holes to it so I could add the star accent to the folding cover of the saying. The cover can be moved up or down to uncover and read the saying or the short excerpt from the Greek translation of The Little Prince. Here’s the final result:

the little prince1  the little prince2

The second sample was a bit tricky, since I knew what I wanted to create but did not have an actual die for it. So…I reverted to my old yet faithful Craft Robo (my digital cutting machine) which I had not used for quite some time. I designed the gsd. file for the invitation (you can also hand cut or die cut a project that you want to make into a 3d standing one if you don’t own a digital cutting machine) so it would fit the saying and printed out the invitation design twice and then passed it through the machine for a test cut!!! This is where magic happens!!! I got the results I was hoping for from the first cut. Then, I hand cut the slot where the two pieces should slide into one another tried it out!!! WOW!!! Have a look…

Two identical pieces-Slots were cut from bottom up and vice versa to meet each other in the centre

Two identical pieces-Slots were cut from bottom up and vice versa to meet each other in the centre

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The two identical pieces attached-Invitation can be read as it is through the center piece of the standing invitation

A look from above-easy but effective result of a simple printout invitation

A look from above-easy but effective result of a simple printout invitation

Let’s proceed to the last sample! As I said, being a fan of 3D invitations I could not help myself from creating something totally different from the above. I used the long triangle box die from Sizzix which looks something like this when cut:

Sizzix Long Triangle Die

 I also designed a Little Prince layout full of related images and lettering so I could print it on thick card stock and cut it with the Triangle Die to create the outer box for the invitation (if you would like the PDF file for the outer box, don’t hesitate to email me here!). After printing and cutting, I assembled the box and added a flower and rhinestone accent to it. This is how it looks:

the little prince7 The inner invitation was then designed to fit the triangle box perfectly (when rolled) and was again printed, this time on thick transparency paper. This is what it looks like:

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Finally, the whole project was put together and VOILA! The 3D invitation was completed!!! The box opens from the bottom to reveal the saying of the invitation as seen below:

the little prince8

That’s about it for today my crafty companions! I will soon have more to share with you and the rest of the world!!!

Happy sunbathing…!

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Sails Away…!

One of the latest orders of christening invitations that I completed was a nautical one!

Hooray!!! My kind of stuff!!! You know how I love anything nautical!!!

And…

…being a fan & creator of 3D-structural invitations and cards for the past 2 years, I just had to recreate a boat or something similar.

After a brief search on related die cutters I came up with the following amazing idea that I soon constructed!!!

So, without further delay, let’s see how I got from this…

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…to THIS!!!

Nautical Christening Invitation

My trusted and truly amazing companion, my Big Shot Express which I bought about 4 years ago from the UK, combined with the Mayflower Boat Cutting Dies from Lifestyle Crafts did all the hard work, along with some imagination on my part of course!

Firstly, I printed out nautical blue stripey scrapbook paper and the invitation saying (which is in Greek of cource!) on thick 300gsm cardstock.

I then used the boat die and the stripey cardstock to create the boat’s bottom part. I aligned the stripes with the die and used low tack tape to keep the card in place while it was passing through the Big Shot Express.

Here’s a peak on my little but invaluable assistant!!!

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When the bottom part of the invitation was done, I measured and cut the top piece -the sail- shaping it into a large triangle to fit on top of the boat. I did not use any of the remaining two dies in the box as I knew the sail would be too small to fit any kind of decent lettering on it (you can see the sail die on the second top photo)! Can be used alternatively as a favor box though (reminder to self!!!).

As soon as the cutting procedure was done, I found myself in the dilemma of how to assemble the two pieces without having any permanent bonding so that the customer could disassemble the invites and send some abroad if she wished.

Puzzling was soon over with a little help from my hubby who recommended cutting up two slits to the triangle so it would slide onto the boat shape on the front and back side…Problem Solved!!!

As soon as I saw the result I knew that it was a winner!!!

Customer, happy!!!

ME, happier!!!

It’s one of those days that a good idea becomes an amazing reality and all things seem to just fall into place………………ahhhhh!

Bigger photo for your eyes only! 🙂NAUTICAL INVITATION

If you wish to see more of my creations, you can head over to my Facebook page The Craft Box and if you like what you see then let me know!!!

XOXO

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