Game Night Invitation

Today I have been working on invitations for a game night that some friends and I have coming up in about 2 weeks.  We are 12 ladies that get together once a month to play a game called Pokeno.  We have alot of fun – some of us have been part of this group for more than 12 years – when we started we played Bunko but switched many years ago to Pokeno because it didn’t matter how many people played.  About once a year we like to include our husbands so we have a Couples Night.  Well the time is here for our Couples Pokeno party and I wanted to make invitations using the Card Games and Game Night stamp sets.  Pokeno is played with a deck of cards and a card like a bingo card.  I think this would make a great invitation for a birthday party – teens, boys, adults, or just a get together with friends.

The invitation is a pocket card – I love using this style of card for an invitation.  couples-pokeno-inviteThe photos aren’t the best.  I like to take them when the sun is shining – well it happens to be pouring down rain!

So this is how I made it:

  1. Cut So Saffron card stock 11″ x 4-1/4″.  Then score at 5-1/2″ and at 1-1/4″.  Fold in half and then fold the small flap toward the front of the card.  I used a corner rounder on the top corners of the back of the card.
  2. Cut Real Red card stock to 4″ x 4″.  Cut a piece of Jackpot Designer Series paper to 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (I used the black piece with the poker chips) and adhere to the center of the Real Red.  Adhere these to the front of the card underneath the flap.  Cut a piece of Jackpot Designer Series paper to 1″ x 4″ (I used the red diamond design) and adhere this to the front of the flap.  Use a stapler to staple the flap on each side to the back of the card.  The staples will get covered.
  3. pokeno-invitation-backOn the back of the card I also added a piece of Jackpot Designer Series paper which was cut 4″ x 5-1/4″ and the top two corners were corner rounded.  Adhere this to the back.  This wasn’t necessary but I thought it made it look like an actual card.
  4. Now tie a piece of ribbon around the flap and cover all the staples and tie in a knot on the front of the card.  Trim the ends of the ribbon.  I used the So Saffron ribbon that we had during the Sale-A-Bration promotion. There is also a 1/2″ striped So Saffron ribbon that you could use or the Real Red 1/2″ striped or 5/8″ grosgrain.
  5. To create the decoration on the front I stamped the card images on Very Vanilla card stock with VersaMark ink and covered with Black Embossing Powder and then heat set it with the heat tool.  Then I colored in some sections with the So Saffron and Real Red Stampin’ Write markers.  I trimmed around each card with my paper snips.  Punch out a Round Tab punch from Basic Black card stock.  Fold in half and tuck the corners of the card inside.  I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a small hole, then insert a Red Eyelet and set with the Crop-A-Dile.  I added it to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. To create pokeno-invitation-insidethe insert for the pocket I set up a Word document to print my information on 1/4 sheet of card stock – and then printed it on a sheet 4 times – I turned my card stock each time so it would print in a different corner.  I’m sure there are other ways to do this more efficiently but this is how I did it.  Then I cut the full sheet into quarters – 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.  Then I took each printed quarter and trimmed 1/2″ off the top – so it was 5″ tall.  And 3/8″ off of each side – so it is 3-1/2″ wide and my text stayed centered in the middle.  I corner rounded the top corners.
  7. To finish the insert I stamped the bottom edge with the 4 card symbols all the way across.  Then stamp two images on each side at the top.  I cut a 2 inch piece of ribbon folded it in half and used a bit of snail to hold it in place on the back while I added a Red eyelet.  Then put the insert into the card.
  8. Stamp a matching envelope.  I could have used the wheel on the envelope – but honestly I forgot I had it and already had the stamping done by that time.

I hope you like the invitation and I hope the ladies in my Pokeno group like them too.  I’ll get them all delivered tomorrow.

Have a great rest of the Holiday Weekend!


Prize Bucket and the last project


This is my prize bucket I made.  I had this oval shaped tin for another project that I never completed.  I used the So Saffron ribbon from the Sale-A-Bration Ribbon Bundle and wrapped it around the tin.  I stamped BIG WINNER, GAME NIGHT and the card symbols and punch them all out with the word window – this is the same little detail that was hanging on the card box.  I added just a touch of adhesive to the end so these would stay spread out.  I tied them to the ribbon with a piece of the silver cord. 


And here is the last project – it was another card using the Card Games stamp set that matches the Game Nicard-gamesght set.  I saw the idea to use the round tab punch as a card holder on someone else’s blog but now I can’t find it anymore.   I found that I liked this set stamped in VersaMark ink and embossed with black embossing powder.  This card could be used for a variety of things – use the King on the front – it says “King for a Day” and it could be a Father’s Day card or just a manly birthday card.  The Queen  says “Queen of Everything” and the Jack says ” You Make me Laugh”.   You could also leave off those words by not inking that portion of the stamp.  We used the new Jumbo Brads that come in the neutral colors – Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Silver.  These come in two sizes and this is the smaller size.   

At the class we spent time practicing the knot tying on the ribbon.  We decided the trick is getting your fingers to hold the ribbon in the right place.  It is hard to tell someone how to do it – so I tried showing it and explaining it at the same time.   I would try to take pictures to show you but I need both hands to hold the ribbon and I’d have to get someone else to take the pictures – no one is here to do that right now  – maybe on another day I can get that done.

Ryan didn’t get to present his creation at school yesterday – he should be doing that today.  So I’ll write about that later. 

Have a fun weekend!