My little boy just turned two. Seriously, where did the time go?
Even as a big, grown up, two-year-old, YMGP’s most favoritest thing is still dogs. He yells for his dog to come into his room every morning. He repeats, “Bye dog-dog” for the first 10 minutes or so after leaving the house. He gets super-excited when he notices the giant pictures on the wall at Target that have dogs in them. He just loves dogs. Clearly his birthday party needed to be dog-themed… and clearly I was going to DIY the party as much as possible. In fact, I made so much stuff for the little party we threw him that I have decided to split it into several posts. I thought it would be fitting to start with the dog party invitations I made, which may have been my favorite part of the whole party!
Cute little yellow dog, right? I designed him, named him Sparky and worked the whole party around him.
Do you see the white brads on top of Sparky’s ears? You guessed it, Sparky’s little gingham ears move aside to reveal all the party details.
Honestly, I am just smitten with these invitations. They were pretty easy to make using the “print and cut” feature of my Silhouette Cameo, and I am going to show you just how to make your own. Buckle your seat belts, this tutorial is long and detailed, but I promise these invites aren’t that hard to make. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom, because I have teamed up with some other amazing bloggers to share the mother load of paper Silhouette projects.
Let’s get started, shall we? To make these dog party invitations, you will need card stock or paper in various colors (I used light yellow, white, pink and dark grey card stock as well as red gingham scrapbooking paper), two brads per invitation, some glue, a printer and your trusty Silhouette machine.
Don’t have a Silhouette? No problem, if you have a reasonably steady hand you can still make these dog invitations. You can download a zip file containing Sparky’s design in four different formats (.eps, .svg, a .jpg assembled and a .jpg of the separate pieces) here. Add your text, print him out, get busy with some scissors and then skip down a ways to see how to assemble your dog party invitations.
Otherwise, download the free Silhouette cut file here. Then open it up in Silhouette Studio. It should look like this…
You should find a dog head with the ears in place and some other facial features below (from left to right: nose, eyeballs, tongue, eyes). You will notice if you go to the “cut style” menu that only the outside of Sparky’s head is set to cut. Let it be, and you are ready to add your text.
Text, yes, text. I actually didn’t know about the “print and cut” feature of my Cameo until I started playing with it. It may be one of the coolest thing that machine does (and Silhouette machines do lots of cool things!).
You can use the text tool to add whatever text you want or need to Sparky’s head. Keep all your text inside the ear shapes so it will be hidden by the ear flaps you will cut out later. Obviously, the text I am showing you here is fake, you will want to include times, locations, and real contact info :).
Next, you need to fill the text, so your printer will know to print there. I just used black text. Also, go back to the “cut style” menu and set the text to “no cut”.
Then you need to add registration marks. These are printed by your printer and recognized by your Silhouette in order to make sure that it cuts in the right place relative to whatever you printed. In this case, they ensure that the text is located in Sparky’s ears. Go to the “Registration Marks” menu and check the box next to “Show Reg Marks”. I didn’t change any settings… honestly I don’t know what they all do.
Now you are ready to hit print. Can I tell you a secret? I didn’t actually believe my inkjet printer could handle card stock until I printed out these dog party invitations. Seriously. But, my printer fed and printed on the light yellow card stock like a champ.
Next stick your printed card stock to your cutting mat and load it into the machine. It should look something like this (note the registration marks on the top… there is one not pictured on the bottom as well.)
Then send the file to your Silhouette. It will scan the mat for the registration marks before cutting anything. Once it finds them, it will tell you. If you have trouble, be sure that you are cutting in a well-lit room, your Silhouette cannot see in the dark.
Once Sparky’s face is cut out, you can start cutting out the other pieces. Go to the cut style menu and change what pieces are set to cut. I cut the nose and eyeballs out in dark grey, the tongue in pink, the eyes in white and the ears in red gingham.
Use a glue stick (or whatever glue you like) to assemble Sparky’s face. Glue the eyes and nose on the front, and the tongue to the back.
The last step is to add the ears. Attaching the ears with the brads is a little bit tricky, but I experimented a little until I found the best way to do it. First, align the ears perfectly to Sparky’s face. Use paper clips to hold them in place.
Then use something sharp (I used a thumb tack) to poke a starter hole through both the ears and the back of the invitation.
Feel free to widen the hole a little bit by moving the tack around or poking a second hole very close to the first. Then you should have no problem poking your brad through the hole. Once your brad is in place, remove the paper clip. Ta da! Sparky is complete and ready to be stuffed into envelopes and sent on his way!
Just twist Sparky’s ears aside to reveal the invitation to your dog party!
Don’t forget, this is the first of several posts on YMGP’s dog party! Check out the follow up posts here:
Here is a preview to get you excited!
Now for the fun part… Do you want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?
Since getting my new Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, I have joined an amazing group of crafters who have challenged themselves to make a fun new Silhouette project every month. I will be sharing mine in the Silhouette Challenge monthly blog hop.
This month, my Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing paper projects on our blogs, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
1. McCall Manor // 2. The Turquoise Home // 3. Creative Savings // 4. Sandpaper and Glue // 5. The Thinking Closet // 6. Sowdering About in Seattle // 7. Persia Lou // 8. From Wine to Whine // 9. Dream a Little Bigger // 10. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 11. Play. Party. Pin. // 12. Everyday Paper // 13. Practically Functional // 14. A Tossed Salad Life // 15. My Favorite Finds // 16. The House on Hillbrook // 17. Adventures in All Things Food // 18. A Glimpse Into Barb’s Life // 19. TitiCrafty // 20. The Experimental Home // 21. feto soap blog // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. The Stamp Doc // 24. Ginger Snap Crafts // 25. Simply Kelly Designs // 26. Whats Next Ma // 27. unOriginal Mom // 28. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 29. Cutesy Crafts // 30. My Paper Craze // 31. Create & Babble // 32. Grey Luster Girl // 33. The Sensory Emporium // 34. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 35. Black and White Obsession // 36. Mama Sonshine // 37. Weekend Craft // 38. Creative Carnival // 39. Peace, Love and Joyce // 40. Tried & True // 41. The Frill of Life // 42. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 43. Get Silvered // 44. Minted Strawberry
Are you looking for boy’s birthday party ideas? Be sure to check out YMGP’s last birthday party as well. Here are links to the theme, the decorations, the invitations, and the cake. Fair warning, these were some of my first blog posts and they are a little rough around the edges, but the ideas are still awesome!
One more thing before I close out… St. Partrick’s Day is coming… you should try your luck at winning a $600 Visa gift card! Enter the Pot ‘O Gold giveaway here.
How’s that for the longest post ever on a Monday. Sorry about that. Sparky’s sorry too :).