To make these, I used different colors of card stock, two types of Disney paper, a computer, and my Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge. Also used was a corner punch, foam tape, glue dots, and a glue pen.
I used an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of black card stock for each invitation. The card stock was cut to 6.5″ x 11″ before I scored it for the gate fold. Score marks are at 2 ¾” and at 8 ¼”. After scoring it, I used my corner punch to round all of the edges. I do this a lot because I think it makes the cards look a little more professional.
I cut strips of this paper just tall enough to fit Mickey (super cute paper, btw). Then I cut slightly larger strips of blue card stock and stuck them onto to card. The blue strips ended up being 1 ¼” wide.
To glue them, I used glue dots because they are REALLY sticky and it’s much easier to use when there are folds involved. Each strip was scored (at 2 ¾” and 8 ¼”) before being placed onto the card.
Gluing the blue strip directly onto the card first and then sticking the Mickey paper on top (rather than gluing Mickey paper to the blue strip and then to the card) helps to ensure that everything is nicely lined up and that the strips of paper stay flat (the folds can cause potential issues if you do it the other way around). The glue dots are also great for this.
I then cut out the red Mickey head and the number 3 from my Cricut, glued the icons to the shadow pieces, and stuck it onto the card with foam tape. I love using foam tape to make things 3-D. It really gives it that little something extra (oh how I love something extras)!
I cut a 4.5″ Mickey head from my Cricut and glued it to the inside of the card so that you can’t see it from the back. This way, you just see the ears sticking up from the top of the card (this has to be my favorite element). 🙂
On the computer I created the invitation and cut it to 5 ¾” x 4 ⅛”. The fonts I used were Walter and Jumping Bean.
This was printed on white card stock and then glued onto a slightly larger piece of red card stock and again onto a larger piece of yellow card stock (the yellow card stock measures 6 ¼” x 4 ½”). Borders are so simple to do in paper crafts and I usually do at least two to really make things pop.
The characters were cut from this paper and stuck with foam tape. It was probably the simplest part of this whole project. 😉
The stars were cut from the Cricut as was the hand. The hand is 3-D with the foam tape and I decided to just glue the stars flush with the paper since I was going to be writing on them.
To write “see ya real soon!”, I used my awesome Sharpie pen (love those)!
The process went by pretty fast once I had made the initial prototype (yes, I make prototypes of my invitations lol). I had all of the measurements and did everything like an assembly line, doing each step until I had enough for 20 invites and then waiting to put everything together at the end. I feel it goes much faster this way and it’s much more organized to have all of your pieces separated and ready to go.
I hope you like them and get inspired to make your own fabulous invitations!! Hearing someone say, “You made that?” makes it all worth it! 🙂