The Making of Chloe’s Minnie Mouse Birthday Invites

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Chloe just had her 3rd birthday and I’m really happy with how her invites turned out.  I was inspired by the evites this mom sent for her daughter’s party, but couldn’t find anyone selling paper versions so I made them myself in Photoshop.  On the back, there’s a clip art image of Minnie Mouse, a “Happy Birthday Chloe” banner, and a map to our house from stamen.com (since we moved recently and only about half of the invitees had been to our new house).

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On the front, I used circles to create minnie mouse and found s clip art bow to use.  Then I copied a glitter image from an online craft store to create a glittery background.

The fonts are all free and here are links to download them:

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I had these printed at a local print shop so I could pick them up quickly, for a low cost, and in a small quantity.

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Even though I had the glitter printed, I wanted to go the extra mile with actual glitter.  I had the glitter printed in case the glitter came off (or in case I completely ran out of time and need to send them without glitter).

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I used a paint brush to cover the glitter areas in glue.  Working one section at a time so the glue wouldn’t dry too soon, I then covered each area in glitter.

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I did each side section and the bow separately, so 3 sections.

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Then I dumped the glitter out onto a pice of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock that I used as a working surface and gently tapped each card to let the glitter fall off.  I dumped the glitter on the card stock off into a container to re-use.

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Then I lined them all up to dry.

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After they dried, I taped them again agains the sides of our kitchen sink (while dry) to get any excess glitter off in an easy to clean spot.

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For the envelopes, I used black envelopes and a white gel pen.  I printed out a list of addressees in the Waltograph font and copied them onto the black envelopes.  I wrote the addresses in simple block lettering for legibility.

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And of course, I used the “sealed with love” white and red stamps from the post office.

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I love how these turned out!  By the end, I got pretty good at writing in the Waltograph script and carried it on to other party items that I will post more on in a separate post (or two or three).

1 Comment

  1. Merry Christmas! + Our Annual Homemade Christmas Ornaments Unveiled – remodelicious

    December 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    […] when the idea struck me that I did have some red glitter left over from making Chloe’s Minnie Mouse birthday invitations last year and there’s always school glue around in this house.  Quick, easy, fun, and […]

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