I spent the better part of my day today searching online for baby shower invitations. I know it's hip and eco-friendly to do the evites nowadays, but there's just something about a little card with all the specifics that the mom-to-be can hang onto and cherish for years to come. Besides I'm old fashioned and all that new-fangled stuff scares me.
I used to be a stamper and I made all kinds of beautious cards. I cut, I stamped, I glued, I glittered and I had fun for a while. But not having a dedicated craft room had its drawbacks. When my free time (what little there was of it) was up, I'd have to put everything away so my boys wouldn't get into it. Such a drag.
So I sold my scrappin' stuff on ebay and made a killin'.
Wait, baby shower, baby shower, ... oh yes, I was online looking at invitations since I no longer make cards and couldn't find the one I wanted. My sister has decided to use monkeys as a theme and none of the cards were just right. I also don't like the commercial looking ones and that narrowed my choices greatly.
I did find one where the style was perfect. The block print type animals were exactly right. The monkey... left a lot to be desired. It was just his head poking from the vines at the top of the card. But it was enough of a start that I decided I would make my own using those ideas.
Now I am assuming I didn't infringe on any copyright things because I actually drew everything freehand on Photoshop. And though I sampled the colors in that card, those colors are available freely on my program, so no problem there. The monkey I added was from a card also, but again, I drew him myself rather than using the actual graphic and I used free brushes for the vines. Besides, I'm not selling them, right.
And here it is and I am so in love with it.
The gray background has just the slightest hint of texture and since grays, yellows and browns are all neutrals, the color scheme works perfectly. And who doesn't love a lime green. I was going to put the babies name in the monkey's belly but just talked to my sister and they might be changing their minds on his name. That's alright. She can ink that in after he's born.
Let me give credit to:
The card And let me just say that if that card had been perfect, I would have ordered it. The prices are so great here. And I love that you can customize the cards. Not just the words but the graphics a bit too.
The monkey Again, great prices, just not exactly what I wanted. But I'm really picky like that.