Acetate Photo Wedding Announcements
Learn how to make these photo wedding announcements from Paula Montgomery.
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Materials and Tools
black acrylic paint
adhesive of your choice
2 pieces patterned white vellum *
metal anvil or similar surface
7 tiny red paper roses
2 tiny green paper leaves
10-1/4" x 7" black card stock
4-3/4" x 6-3/4" embossed gold decorative paper
4" x 5" thin metal frame (2-3/4" x 3-3/4" opening)
1/4", 1/8", 1/16" metal number and letter stamp sets
clear acetate suitable for copier/printer
gold stretchy cord
* One 8-1/2" x 11" sheet and one piece cut to 4-1/4" x 6-1/4"
1. Fold the black card stock in half. Glue the gold embossed paper to the front. Glue the small piece of patterned, white vellum on top of the gold paper. Set aside.
2. Photocopy the wedding photograph onto clear acetate. You may need to reduce or enlarge it at the same time to fit nicely in the opening of the metal frame. Make sure you use acetate made especially for a copier or have this done at your local copy shop. You can also scan the photo into your computer, resize it as necessary, and then print it on clear acetate from your printer. Again, make sure the acetate is made for your printer type. Set photo aside.
3. Copy the marriage certificate on your copier or scan/print from your printer. You may need to resize it to fit. It will be behind the clear acetate wedding photo, so try to match the sizes.
4. Lay the acetate photo on top of the copy of the marriage certificate. Lay the metal frame on top of both of them. Trim the photo/license so that they are larger than the opening but smaller than the outside dimension of the frame. Set aside the acetate and license.
5. Lay the metal frame vertically on to a metal anvil or surface. Use the 1/4-inch metal stamps one at a time for the phrase you are stamping. You may want to find the center of the frame and then the center letter of your phrase and start from there, or you can just start at the left and move to the right. Hit the head of the metal stamp with a hammer, move on to the next letter, and do the same until your phrase is finished.
6. On the bottom of the metal frame, stamp the date with 1/8-inch metal letters and numbers. Use the 1/16-inch stamps for the smaller abbreviations for the date (i.e. the "th" in the 4th).
7. Turn the stamped metal frame over to the back and hit gently with your hammer to straighten out and flatten it.
8. Turn frame back over to the front and, using the sandpaper, gently rough up the surface of the metal. Sand in different directions. Wipe clean with a cloth or tissue.
9. With a paint brush loaded with black acrylic paint, quickly force paint into the letters and numbers and scratches and immediately wipe off with a cloth or tissue.
10. Turn the frame over to the reverse side. Tape the acetate/license to the back of the frame. Glue it to the center of the folded card from step 1.
11. Add the tiny red paper roses now, if you choose. Simply sew an "X" on the left side of the card/frame with gold thread. After you have a few stitches, insert your bouquet of roses and leaves; sew a few more stitches and tie off on the inside of the card.
12. Type your invite text as desired. You will have to plan that the text will be on the right side of the paper so that when the invitation is opened, the text will be on the right/correct side and the blank printed vellum will be on the left. Either print it on the printed vellum if your printer takes it well, or print your text in white and then use a copier to copy it to the vellum.
13. Cut it to 6-3/4" x 10". Fold in half to 5" x 6-3/4", with the printed type on the inside of the fold.
14. Cut the gold, stretchy cord to be 30 inches. Insert the folded vellum into the center of the card and secure by tying the gold cord. Tie a bow and trim as necessary.
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