I am a big fan of steampunk and I love seeing pictures of steampunk inspired weddings and parties.
Being such a fan I wanted to create a cool steampunk card that could be used for a party invitation or a wedding save the date. These great cards will be a great innovative way to invite your guests!
Step 1: Supplies
Here is what is needed to create a steampunk save the date
Cardstock paper - It looks great with neutral colors
Dictionary paper - I found a dictionary for $0.25 at a thrift store. I have used it for multiple projects and I still have so much paper form this book. Such a great investment if you need antique paper.
Card design - A design is easy to find online or you can design your own.
Step 2: Cut and Fold the Card
Start by cutting your cardstock paper in half. Fold the paper width wise (hamburger style). Then cut the paper in half.
Now you have a piece of paper 5.5" by 8.5" and its time to fold it into a card size. Unlike traditional card folding, I folded the paper so either end would meet in the middle so the card in the end would open up in the middle of my design. This is easy to do if you have a measured mat. Place the paper carefully onto the mat and fold it so the end meets at 4.25", the middle of the paper.
Fold the other end to meet the first end.
NOTE: If you do not have a mat you can measure and mark the middle of the paper and then fold the edges in
Step 3: Trace the Design on Your Card
Now its time to take your stencil and trace it onto the card.
Be sure to line up your stencil carefully before starting to trace the design, you don't want to have half the design done before realizing it is out of line with the paper.
Be sure to trace all areas of the stencil before removing
NOTE: You can also tape the stencil onto the paper to keep it from moving.
Once done repeat on other half of card
Step 4: Cut Out Design
After tracing the design you can use your exacto knife to cut out the design.
Be sure to watch what lines you cut so you don't accidentally cut some of your design off.
Repeat on other side of the card
Step 5: Add Backing
After you cut out your design you might notice the paper is much more flimsy. I decided to remedy this and create a cool accent by adding dictionary paper behind it.
I started by trimming the dictionary paper so I would have the words in the background instead of blank space.
Then I cut a piece of dictionary paper that was about 6" by 4". This is obviously larger than what the side of the card is but it gave me a chance to trim once the piece was glued on.
After having the piece I added glue to the back of the piece and stuck it to the side of the card with the extra sticking out on the side. Its okay to glue parts that will be exposed through the cut out as long as you an invisible drying glue. Once dry no one will notice
Once the glue has dried you can trim the extra dictionary paper off the card.
I also added dictionary backing to the other side of the card and the back of the card so when opening you have a dictionary page background. You can now print out the invitation information on cards and easily glue them into the card.
Step 6: Finished
I was thrilled how these cards came out. They look great, and while the light grey looks cool the darker colored cards make the dictionary paper really pop. Now you have some awesome cards to invite your guests to an awesome steampunk wedding or party!