March 7, 2012

Cars & Trucks Birthday Invitation

Its time for the invitation reveal for my littlest one's 1st birthday! 

We're having a cars & trucks party! 

My little guy LOVES playing with cars and can do a pretty impressive motor noise, so a cars & trucks party theme seemed like the natural choice. 

Let me show you some tricks of how I made this invite. 

These acrylic stamps were $1 and part of a cars and trucks themed scrapbook set. I knew I wanted to use them in the decor as part of the theme and wanted to also be able to use them on the invites. 

So I decided to scan them onto my computer! 

First I inked them up really well with some good black ink and stamped them onto white cardstock. I used a black marker to fill in any places that the color did not saturate well. The next step, after everything was dry, was to scan them onto my computer.

Now I can open them in my drawing program and crop each shape and change the colors, etc.

I also scanned some of the papers I had from the scrapbook set. 

Then it was just a matter of building the image of the invite!

 Because to me less isn't necessarily more, and I kind of have a problem of making more work for myself when I don't really have to... I made a couple extra little cars slightly larger than the one on the invite. I cut them out with my X-acto knife (scissors would do the job, too) and applied some 3D foam stickers to the back. I arranged the cut out car over the one on the invite and attached it.

The invites look good without the extra 3D embellishment, but I do think it helps give it that extra customized look and a little oomph!

Ahhh, I love them!!

So that is part one of the birthday saga. 
I'll have another fun DIY project I'm using for the party next week!

Also I'm excited to announce that these invites are available in my Etsy shop!

I link to these fun parties.


  1. Oh - they look fabulous Michele!! I am in love with that 3D car - that is such a great touch!! I think it was so smart how you used the elements you had to scan in for the invite too!! Just darling.

  2. I love this so much! It's bright & fun & perfect for a boy!

  3. I just can't believe he is going to be 1 year old already! The invitations are just adorable!

  4. Outstanding job! Hope you'll link this up on my blog link party going on now. Would love to have you join in the fun!


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  6. How stinking adorable are those invites?!

  7. SO cute! I love the 3-D car and the Honk Honk Vroom Vroom on the top is adorable! I would love you to stop by and link this up at Friday Frolic:) Have a great weekend!

    Karen@Pocket Full of Pink

  8. I popped over because I saw the name Caleb, my Caleb has just turned 15!
    The invite's look very cute btw

  9. These are adorable. It is so hard to find really cute boy stuff (and cute in a boyish way). You outdid yourself again!

  10. would love it if you shared these on my link party, Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xxx

  11. Very cute and lovely.

  12. Awesome job on the invites :)
    Love for you to share it at my Linky Party :) -

  13. Oh my gosh!!! That little car going down the road is the cutest thing ever! :) I wish I could be a fly on the wall at this party because I know it will be incredible!!

  14. You are officially an invite genius!!! I love that you scanned in paper you had to create the perfect background...and the pop up car was the absolute perfect touch for the card!!! You rock girl!!!


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