Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Prototype…..

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First things first….. “family” if you are reading this….this is NOT the official date of Katie and James’ wedding (although it’s a great date…nudge nudge…wink wink …all birthday chocolate will be accepted!!!), but as Less is More are looking for Naturals this week I thought I would be having a little practice at some “Save the date” notifications. My daughter Katie is planning a very relaxed “homemade” style wedding and we wanted to create something memorable for that initial contact regarding their wedding.

Naturally the wedding will be on a budget…..the cottage has to be finished and moved into before they can actually set the date and by the time that’s finished it will leave about enough in the kitty for a bag a crisps and a panda pop each instead of a Wedding Breakfast.

…so……. these cards work out at under 10p each!! not a bad start, plus I kept them as simple as possible so they should be quite quick to produce if we form a production line.

I used an old jigsaw from a charity shop, my uncle has finished with it and it now has pieces missing…it happens a lot), but at 50p for 500 pieces (oops 498!) there should be enough pieces for the project.

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First I peeled off the printed surface then coated them with a couple of coats of old white emulsion….this is going to be the most time consuming bit (messy… but it didn’t take that long). I did try lightly sanding some pieces, then painted them while they were joined together…. but I wasn’t keen on the end result…. very patchy!

I wondered as the peeled pieces looked quite nice natural, what it would look like with the reverse colour way… (needed a white gel pen for this)

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mmmm…. actually now beginning to think I like this better (I do like my white card!!!) but I am sure Katie has some ideas up her sleeve for this too….so I expect there will be many more prototypes in the pipeline!!!!



16 comments:

Chrissie said...

What a fabby idea and certainly eye-catching!
Great bargain with the jigsaws too!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Karen K said...

Oh wow, this is so super clever and so effective - I love the idea... I may just have to borrow it at some point.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, I so appreciated it.

k x

Jenny said...

You're ful of genius ideas Diane, love the jigsaw idea and how it represents marriage! I think I prefer the white card base too and less work for you too :0)
Jenny x

Mandi said...

What a terrific idea Diane
Perfect in fact!

Thank you very much
mandi
"Less is More"

Helen T said...

What a great idea, the cards look fab - Recycling at its best :)

Suze Bain said...

Ooh, clever idea Diane, think I too prefer the white one, but then it's not my wedding! Look forward to seeing more 'prototypes'! xx

Sasha said...

Such a brilliant idea! My favourite is your top one with the 'Join Us' before the date:)

Gibmiss said...

Hi Diane
Fabulous idea... Hugs Sylvie
Xx

smittenstamper said...

Very clever!great card!Wilma.x.

Vee Ramsden said...

Fabulous idea and lovely card!

Sally said...

A great idea & both designs are good. Nice recycling too.
Sally x

Aileen said...

Super idea and so perfect for the join us sentiment! I love the first, the white pieces are so eye cathing. x

Sharon said...

That's a really good idea. Love the invites.
Hugs,
Sharon xx

Lyndal said...

Fab idea and gorgeous cards :)

Bea said...

how clever you are with this idea -thanks for sharing

Linda said...

Hi Diane, Fabulous cards. I've awarded you the 'Liebster Blog' award. Please pop over to my blog to find out what you have to do xx

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