Don't You Love a Rustic Wedding?
Today's mandatory activity is a Cricut Tutorial for the design and construction of lovely little succulent placecards for the wedding of two friends that we adore. Isn't it one of the best feelings in the world when two people you love decide to wed? When they told us the good news, I did something highly uncharacteristic of myself...I WOKE A SLEEPING CHILD to tell him the good news. This flies in the face of all good sense, but I was that excited. The next thing I did was immediately start thinking about all of the beautiful things I wanted to make and create for the special day. To my delight, all of my suggestions were accepted, and welcomed (and I don't think I pushed any ideas down their throats!) This is the first tutorial in what is likely to be a small series, because I will be creating a number of goodies for the decor and reception.
Rustic wedding decorations are easily my favorite to conceptualize and construct. I think they jive with my personal aesthetic really well, so when I have a bride who has given me free reign, that is when my heart goes pitter pat, when I can make something that I want to make, instead of having to try to figure out someone else's vision.
Cricut Skills and the Canva Website
For the purposes of this post and accompanying tutorial, I created 2 different rustic options with the same succulent image, so I could show you a few different techniques in Cricut Design Space, like adding a background to a print then cut image, and welding pieces together.
Additionally, I will walk you through Canva, which I now use to design everything. When I started designing my blog, I was really really stuck. Not only did I not know how to start a website, or design and website (or a logo, or branding, or thumbnail images for videos, etc...you get the idea), I found Canva. I think it really saved me, or at the very least accelerated my timetable for launching this blog significantly! Now that I am familiar with Canva, it's my go-to for all of the photos and elements and backgrounds I need for blog posts AND project designs.
If you'd like to see the full tutorial on the design and construction of these placecards, I have linked the YouTube tutorial above.
Below is a list of materials I used for this project. Many of the links are affiliate links. If you make purchases through these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.
Cricut machine: If you don't have one, you will want the bundle in order to have all of the mats and tools needed to get you going!
Canva for design and images
Adhesive foam squares
Finally, my bone folder is a Martha Stewart Crafts bone folder...it's the pink one, embellished with rhinestones because I was feeling a little "extra" the day I purchased. Any bone folder will do nicely for paper projects, but if you love mine it's still available at a few stores (although, as I'm writing this, it's out of stock most places, but with the ability to notify you when it's back in stock).
Next up, let's get some table numbers and food selections on the back of these placecards to help streamline the flow at the reception!