My how the weeks fly by! It’s Monday again, so that means another “Oh My” invitation!
Remember, these homemade invitations may be a little more time-consuming or difficult, but that’s why they’re for Monday!
And, if you really like it, but don’t have the time to make it yourself, I can make it for you!! Contact me by email or a comment on my Contact page and I’ll get right back to you with a price and delivery date!
- 12″x 12″ sheet of football textured paper
- 8-1/2″x 11″ brown cardstock
- 8-1/2″x 11″ white printer paper
- white Sharpie paint marker
- cotton balls
- hotglue gun
- mounting squares
- size A9 envelopes
My husband was getting all pumped up for this weekend’s Steelers game which made me decide that I wanted to make a tailgate invitation. Obviously we live too far from Pittsburgh to go to their stadium to tailgate on gameday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t tailgate somewhere else!
I had already purchased this really cool textured paper that felt and looked exactly like the skin of a football, so I thought it would be perfect for a tailgating invitation!
To make this invitation, I found a football clipart on the web to help me scale a football proportionally. I wanted it to fit into a size A9 greeting card envelope, so I made sure to make it no larger than 8″ wide by 5″ tall.
After I got the football traced on the textured paper, I cut it out. I then used my white Sharpie paint marker to paint on the ball stripes and threads. This marker workers great because it has a kind of opaque look, so the football ends up really resembling a real football!
Then I used a pen to add the lines that would normally be stitch lines. I lightly drew lines over the white paint because I didn’t want them too dark.
I wanted this invitation to be 3D, so I needed to add some dimension. To do this, I cut another football shape out of a piece of brown cardstock just slightly smaller than the original size. I then pulled a couple cotton balls apart and placed them throughout the middle of the cardstock.
Next, I cut some slits on the ends of the textured paper where the stitches would be so the paper would fit and not buckle at the ends when I attached it to the cardstock. Using a hotglue gun, I carefully glued the textured paper to just the outside edges of the cardstock.
Now that the football is assembled, you need to make a text sheet for the party information. I just used my Word program to make this simple text sheet. I simply typed this wording for the text…
“Hudson’s Tailgate Party!
Saturday, October 14th
11 am East Parking Lot #54
Kickoff at 2:00
Hoggies & Ale
Bring a Snack to Pass!”
My overall text sheet size turned out to be 3-3/4″ wide by 3-1/4″ tall. Rather than using a heavy cardstock, I printed my final text on plain white printer paper. I didn’t want something really heavy, so the printer paper worked great!
I cut my paper out using some wide arcs all around the text…it looks a better than a perfect rectangle for this invitation.
To attach it to the invitation, I used mounting squares on the back more towards the middle. I left the corners free because I wanted them tipped up to help add some more dimension to the whole invitation.
This would be the perfect invitation for any football or tailgate party! Try it for your next tailgate!! It would even work great for a birthday invitation!
Who are you rutting for this year?? We’re die-hard Steelers fans, so all I have to say is “GO STEELERS!” :)
And, don’t forget, I’m taking orders for custom invitations, so let me know if you’d like me to design a custom invitation just for you!!