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Custom Wedding Invites by chasing-butterflies Custom Wedding Invites by chasing-butterflies
Here's a preview of the custom wedding invitations that I've been so busy working on the last six weeks! By the way, I'm open for another invite commission...

All supplies were purchased from local craft and office supply stores. All floral design brushes and map work were custom made by me. And of course, I cut, glued, printed, etc. everything myself. The font was from dafont.com.

The couple is to be married on an overlook in a wildlife prairie park and were going for a casual-contemporary style with a nature theme.

The invitations were also to incorporate the various colors of the wedding: grey-blue (bridesmaids dresses), chocolate brown (men's tuxes), celery green (accent color), and antique white (bridal gown). We managed to get every one of the colors into the invite!

Please forgive the poor color quality, my scanner is dying a painful death...the blurriness is deliberate as I didn't want too much private information showing.

Check out the coordinating Thank You Cards [link]

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Clockwise from top left:

(1) Front of Wedding invite: chocolate cardstock with floral scrapbooking paper embellishments. Text is printed in brown ink on a white vellum overlay. Hand-tied grey-blue organza ribbon.

(2) Back of Wedding invite: Three inserts secured to the back of the invitation with a loop of the floral scrapbooking paper.

(3) Back of the Wildlife Prairie Park Card: Warm grey cardstock with text printed in brown and grey-blue ink. Front of card not shown as it is just text with paragraphs printed in alternating blue and brown ink.

(4) Front of Peoria Card: Antique white cardstock also printed in brown and grey-blue ink. Back of card not shown as it is a brunch invitation and text only.

(5) Envelope: Celery green business sized envelope with custom designed return address.

(Not Shown Individually) RSVP card: Natural Cardstock (similar to a thin cardboard, back with RSVP info/return address/stamp area printed in brown ink. Front has a custom floral design to match the scrapbooking paper as well as the couples' names.

(Not Shown) Thank You Cards - There will be matching TY cards which will be made closer to the wedding date....
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:iconbinm3mar:
BinM3mar Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow great work, i like it so much
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bardicsidhe Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Just ran across your work by accident, and I'm glad I did! These invitations are fantastic! I really love the color scheme - you did a great job of matching papers to the printed floral paper, everything ties together really beautifully.

I've been to that park before! I never thought of having a wedding there, but I'd bet it makes a beautiful location depending on the season.
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chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Thanks so much! It was a really beautiful location - the couple did a great job with the colors and theme, I was really impressed. But you know, I think they were one of the last weddings that took place there because of budget cuts they don't do weddings anymore - at least that's what I heard :-(
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Jessi6266 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
There amazing! I love everything you did with them, the stamps are lovly
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Thanks so much!
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:iconcricket518:
cricket518 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
you did such an amazing job on these!! :)
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Thanks!
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:iconnataliekushner:
nataliekushner Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008   Artisan Crafter
really gorgeous! I love the colors
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:iconnataszek:
nataszek Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh it's so lovely :giggle: love the idea
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Thanks!
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:iconnataszek:
nataszek Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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KennedyDesignGirl Featured By Owner May 22, 2008   Interface Designer
Hey I love the wedding invitations.... I am designing my own wedding invitations i am looking for some ideas when i came upon yours... yours is exactly what i wanted for my wedding except different colors choices....and minor details too... but yeah was it hard for you to make them at all and how much did it cost you???
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
I'll note you :D
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:iconboriquasoy:
boriquasoy Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
Could you tell me what font you used? I'm designing my own wedding invitations and love the font you used.
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
Sure - it was this one [link] - Congrats on the wedding :D
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:iconboriquasoy:
boriquasoy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
Thank you very much for the info and for the congrats.
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DanZeFly Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
Lovely :heart: !
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
Thanks :D
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:iconvinidiusz:
Vinidiusz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Student Writer
wonderful. i will stole your idea for my 18 birthday party invites :P ;) :) Can i? ;)
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
I don't mind if you use them to inspire your own design - just don't copy the design exactly the same :D
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:iconjennol:
Jennol Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
so cute¡
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Thanks!
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:iconloopystock:
Loopystock Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
!!!! These are wonderful Michelle :hug:
Whenever I get married, i know who to turn to
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
:blush: Thank you so much! Just let me know when!

:whisper: there might be another preview coming very soon for someone here on dA....
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:iconalana-m:
alana-m Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those are really, really pretty :D
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Thanks! lol - if you're ever in need of some you know where to come!
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Case-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
this would make awsome journal css
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
Very good idea indeed :plotting:
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:iconcase-chan:
Case-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
yah
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:iconmiss69:
miss69 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
Wow.. these are beautiful, Hun . :clap:
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
Thank you so much! :love:
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:iconmiss69:
miss69 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
Yer welcome hun :hug:
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pulbern Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Those are beautiful!
I love the second one with all the layers and patterns and the torn edges.
You should get into collages :)
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
lol - now when would I have time for another project? seriously though, I love the collages you make!
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:iconpulbern:
pulbern Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know, but when you do find a few minutes, try one!
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
Well I shall have to then!
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:iconchokingonstatic:
chokingonstatic Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
These are really nice! Great job :)
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
Thanks so much! :love:
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:iconjenepooh:
jenepooh Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! Those are spectacular!!! :clap: You did a wonderful job, Michelle!! :nod: :heart:
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
Thanks sweetie! It was a long process, but I was really fun to do :D
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:iconjenepooh:
jenepooh Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I bet! They are beautiful sweets! :heart:
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
:blowkiss: Thanks again!
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:iconjenepooh:
jenepooh Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You're always welcome! :hug:
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Lindowyn Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007
*gape* No wonder you were busy! These are wonderful! (And I'm sure the postal service will love you for the postage. LOL) Wow. You rock pretty hard, you know that?
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
:lmao: We managed to keep the weight exactly at one ounce so that they could use a regular stamp - and the RSVP is a postcard, so that only needs a 26 cent stamp - see, I was thinking ahead :D

Maybe another future endeavor on mellowbutterfly would be custom invites....I still like your photo restoration idea too - have been looking into it here and there and I've got some ideas on how it could work on our site if you're still interested :D
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:iconlindowyn:
Lindowyn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
I am. And I'm pretty good at it, still. :D
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
Cool! If you have had any thoughts on the subject email/note me and I'll add them to my notebook for when I get time to sort through and set something up :D
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kayceeus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow they're so different from the usual run-of-the-mill wedding invitations you always see, super!! :clap:
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:iconchasing-butterflies:
chasing-butterflies Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
:nod: They looked around at commercial invites and nothing fit with what she wanted. One afternoon I was just talking to her mom (My neighbor) over the fence and she was telling me about it and asking me questions about how I had made my invites when I got married and somehow it ended up that I got the job :D I can't wait to do another one! It was really fun to be able to be so creative!
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kayceeus Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I bet this wedding will be a great advertisment for you, all her friends will see your invites and want you to design for them too! :D
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