Saturday, May 2, 2009

Iron Man - Invites

Hello everyone! Happy National Scrapbook Day. I had to take time to day to post something for such an event. Though I will not be scrapbooking today.
I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend, I am! Tonight we are celebrating my Hubby's Birthday with just us family. Next weekend is my son's Birthday and I finished these invites a couple of days ago. I just had to share them with you all. My son choose Iron Man as his theme this year. He will be turning 7 years old already. I can't believe it! I love to entertain so this is just the start of a crazy whirl wind of a week we have planed.
These invites I created with just a paper piecing technique and some basic applications of Tim Holtz Alcohol inks. They look pretty simple because they are modeled after the comic book character. I took the picture of the Iron Man mask that we ordered from the party supply store. I printed it out at the size of 4.25 wide and 5.5 high. This allowed me to use the standard size card envelopes. I took the picture of the mask and printed it 3 times. Cut out all the different pieces to the mask (that would all be cut out separately and then layered) this gave me a templates for the base of the card the top of the head, the jaw, the face and the eyes. I used 11 pieces of paper total for each of the invites. You cant see several of them in this pic but if you check out the picture of it opened you will see a few more of the layers. It is completely finished on the back with a black cardstock.
I used regular adhesive tape runner and pop dots. With some key scoring and folding it created a slight 3-D look on the top of the face. I used the Pilot gold ink pen to create the thicker gold lines. Highlighted or rather low lighted the face in key places to make shadows for more of a dimensional look. I did this with the Tim Holtz Alcohol inks. I found a font on the computer that matched the Iron Man movie title font and created the text in a word document. Printed that out on cardstock and added it inside the layers of paper. You pull the jaw down and the information slides out like a hidden message. It is so cool and really easy I cant believe how easy it was to create this interactive effect.
After creating 28 of these I feel like I can do just about anything. I thought because of the simple look to the character it would be easy.... ummm... easy yes but really tedious. Each of the eleven pieces had to be hand cut and then five of them had to be hand shaded.
The envelopes I just added a graphics I found online, of the Arc Reactor and the movie title, on the front and used the same font to put "Your Invited" also on the front of the envelope. My son was so cute running around handing them out. He cracks me up. I hope you enjoy this. I go nuts during the kids' birthdays so you will probably see another post about this event.

I have a question for you all... Do any of you as paper crafters make your own invitations and/or party favors?

Have a great weekend.

More Birthday Party Invitations I have created:

Boy Birthday Invitations:
- Minecraft Birtyday Party Invitations
- Harry Potter Hogwarts Birthday Party Invitations
-Lego Bionicle Mask of Light

Girl's Birthday Invitations:
- Angelina Ballerina Birthday Party Invitations


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  2. Sorry Grace that was me.....I don't know what happened to my here we go again :) I just adore your invites, you did a fabulous job on them! I have made invites to Birthday parties and Baby Shower invites! I just adore making them and Evan loved his last year....Wishing all the boys a wonderful Birthday and so glad to be back with you!!!! Have a wonderful Sunday, sweet friend!!!

  3. Grace, the invitations look great! I have not made special invitations to Jakob's birthday parties. I tend to purchase the theme he wants and also send eVites as well.

  4. Those invites are awesome! I can't wait for Toot's first party, I will definitely be making her invites and favors!

  5. You are one kick-scrappy momma! Wow, those invites are fabulous, brilliant, unbelievable. Can't imagine how great the party will be! Lucky lad.

  6. I love all of your invitations!! but i really love the transformer ones.... Where did you buy the materials? I would love to recreate them.


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