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Custom Birthday Party Invitations using Silhouette’s Print and Cut

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I feel a little behind this year.  Ian’s birthday is next month and I have only been working on his invitations for about a week.

Ian decided in December that he wanted a Ninja Turtle birthday party.  I knew it was on the list of parties but didn’t know he wanted it this year.  (He has the next six birthday’s planned, yep, he takes after me.)

I decided I wanted his invitations to be a pop-up card with the front as a sewer cover.  I designed them knowing I would need to use my favorite thing about the Silhouette.  It’s Print ‘N Cut feature!

It is the main reason I got it and it just so happens that this month’s Silhouette Challenge was to make a project using this very thing I love so much.

MSS_TMNT Birthday Invite

 

I started with a picture of a NYC manhole cover.  I used Photoshop to make the sewer cover look a little more comic-booky.  I couldn’t find a TMNT one with out words on it, and while I could have altered it in Photoshop to remove the words, I just didn’t want to go the trouble, this was easier.
MSS_TMNT Birthday Invite

 

I had thought about having just a circle card, but the pop-up part would have been to small, or the circle card would have been too big. So I used a card template from SVG Cuts Haunted Forest kit.

I needed something above the manhole cover, and I didn’t want to use a solid color so I used a picture of NYC that I found on one of the TMNT sites.  Since the angle of the city is from the street it worked perfectly.  For that part and the sewer cover I used the fill with pattern feature, or more accurately, I dragged and dropped the pictures into the shapes.

I used foam dimensional tabs to raise the ‘Let’s Party’ text.

 

MSS_TMNT Birthday Invite

I didn’t want to apply the letters individually to each invitation.  I connected them with the offset tool, I made the offset as small as possible while still maintaining connections between each letter.

MSS_TMNT Birthday Invite

It was still in two parts, but that was better than 9 parts.

I made the “Ian is turning 5” part in Photoshop and traced it in Studio.

But a TMNT party invitation would not be complete with out some Ninja Turtles!

p.s. I decided to use the Old-School version from my childhood because I like them the best.

MSS_FebChall07

I traced a PNG copy of a picture of the four of them coming out of a sewer.  This was the part that I wanted to use as a pop-up.

MSS_TMNT Birthday Invite

 

 

It is pretty amazing how close and accurately the Silhouette cuts with the print ‘n cut feature.  I could even cut out the little spaces on the bottom that would have been white after printing.  There is no way I would have been able to cut that out by hand.

MSS_TMNT Birthday Invite

 

The party information will be printed out on vellum and attached to the bottom of the inside. I decided on vellum because I didn’t want the inside to be white.  I could have printed it on colored paper, but with the size of the card I couldn’t get two on one page, and I hate wasting paper.

Stay tuned for how the party turned out and all the other things I will make, although you will have to wait till a couple of months.

 

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so pursue the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!  With a heavy emphasis on hearts!

Print and Cut Rebus Valentine Tigger Printable Heat Transfer T-Shirt Love You Valentine’s Jar {tutorial} + Print & Cut Blog Hop Valentine BINGO with {FREE} Printable and Cut File DIY Conversation Hearts Temporary Tattoos {Heart} Dance! Custom Birthday Party Invitations using Silhouette's Print and Cut Milk & Cookies Valentine's Treat Print & Cut Valentine's Day Banner Old wooden box Love Print and Cut Fabric Labels Be Mine Banner Love is all you need - Print & Cut Valentine Journal Cards Free Printable: Snickers Valentine Tag Labor & Delivery Nurse Thank You Bags Valentine Robot Shirt with Print and Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl Print and Cut Fish Valentines 3D Print and Cut Magnets (And Tons More Silhouette Print and Cut Ideas) Baby Month Stickers with a FREE cut file Super Easy Print and Cut Journal Card Valentines Simple Silhouette Valentine Card Valentine Hugs and Kisses Canning Jar Craft Frozen Inspired Tattoos Be My Valentine Mini Album Print and Cut Valentine Pudding Cup Wrappers - February Silhouette Challenge Print & Cut Birthday Invitations

1. Clever Someday // 2. TitiCrafty // 3. GingerSnapCrafts.com // 4. My Paper Craze // 5. Simply Kelly Designs // 6. Little Blue’s Room // 7. Mama Sonshine // 8. Small Stuff Counts // 9. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 10. GiveMeAPaintbrush // 11. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 12. Barb’s Life // 13. GetSilvered // 14. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 15. Minted Strawberry // 16. unOriginal Mom // 17. Where The Smiles Have Been // 18. Persia Lou // 19. Silhouette School // 20. From Whine to Whine // 21. DailyDwelling // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. Paper Garden Projects // 24. It Happens in a Blink // 25. Perfectly Fabulous // 26. Adventures in All Things Food // 27. Create & Babble

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5 thoughts on “Custom Birthday Party Invitations using Silhouette’s Print and Cut

  1. I’m with you – the ones from when we were kids are the best. Your invites came out great! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve for the rest of the party!

  2. WOW, I love these! My son was never interested in TMNT but I remember how much my nephew loved them when he was a little boy (over 20 years ago…lol). He would have LOVED these as party invitations. Hope your sweet boy has a wonderful birthday!

  3. Love all the TMNT details on this. Great pnc project!

  4. That’s one awesome invite! I can’t believe the turtles are back. My Brother loved them back in the day and now my Son is interested in them. I never would have guessed that would happen. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  5. AWESOME Card!!!!! LOVE it… love every detail! Greta job!
    XOXO

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