By: Mandy Herron
My name is Mandy Herron and I am the Graphic Designer at AccuCut, although this week I am wearing the hat of guest blogger so I can share with you my recent experience using AccuCut products. My husband Justin and I just got married on May 4th of this year and I had the opportunity to use the GrandeMARK Multi-Craft Cutting Machine and AccuCut dies to create all my wedding projects – from the save-the-date card to the table numbers at the reception. Since it is my profession, the design part of these projects came naturally to me, and I knew that I didn’t want the same old run-of-the-mill designs that seemingly so many brides before me ended up with. Thankfully, with a GrandeMARK machine and a full library of AccuCut dies at my disposal, I was able to create an entire wedding ensemble that I could be proud of!
Our wedding was inspired by a vintage and rustic motif and my love of color led me to use purple with accents of bright green and pink. The Historic Arbor Day Barns in Nebraska City, Nebraska was the setting for our special day and I knew right away that a tree theme would be perfect to use throughout all the projects and décor. Not long after Justin and I were engaged I had drawn an abstract tree design with our initials in the trunk. This served as the core design of all my projects, which I am excited to share with you fellow crafters out there!
My save-the-date card was inspired by my vintage and rustic décor, which started with the idea of using Mason jars in my table centerpieces. AccuCut had recently released the A7 Cards-Jar (Pinnovation) die, which I was definitely excited about! With a simple photo of Justin and I on one side and brief wedding details on the other, our family and friends had their calendars marked for the big day! Using Seals-Tag 2 ¼” x 1 ¼”, also a Pinnovation die, I tied a fun purple tag with the wedding date to the top of the jar.
My next big project was the wedding invitations. I got several questions from family and friends wondering if I could really, “make all of these yourself?” I knew it wouldn’t be a problem and used the opportunity to share with them how easy the GrandeMARK machine can make these kinds of projects. I packed up the machine, brought it home from work and it camped out at our house for a couple of weeks. Justin and I had a great time working together to assemble about 170 wedding invitations. A little tentative at first, he eventually jumped right in, got to work, and was a bit in awe of the how the GrandeMARK worked.
I used five different AccuCut dies to create a pocket card invitation that held all the information guests would need for our wedding. I used bright purple paper and the A7 Pocket Card #1 die for the outside of the invitation. A7 Card Mats #1 (Pinnovation) was used on left panel for the main part of the card with the bright green tree design that I created. Using A7 Card Inserts (Pinnovation) and giving the invitation an organized, layered look, the left pocket held the directions and lodging information. For the RSVP card I used 4 Bar Cards-Flat (Pinnovation) and stuck it in the pocket with a brown 4 bar envelope.
Time for the finishing touches! In keeping with the style, I glued on a piece of jute ribbon and a green seal with our initials created from Seals-Frame-2 ½” (Pinnovation). After addressing, stuffing and stamping the envelopes and I was off to the post office!
With a large wedding party and several other family and friends that Justin and I wanted to include in our wedding rehearsal, I once again used my resources from AccuCut to help me get the job done. A7 Card Mats-Frame (Pinnovation) was used to create the rehearsal dinner invitation with the same tree-themed design to match the wedding invitations.
Now, for the part of the ensemble that I think turned out to be my favorite! Because most of our guests were traveling from out of town and staying in the lodge at our wedding venue, we made welcome bags for each hotel room. I wanted to add something creative to the gift that made it unique to our special day. Luckily, AccuCut’s brand new Door Hangers (Pinnovation) die had just been released! Thankfully, I have such a great team of co-workers because Traci had to bring the die back in her carry-on bag on her way home from a tradeshow in California – it was that new! When the die returned to its home in Omaha, I got to work making hotel room door hangers for our wedding guests! This Pinnovation die made it easy to have a design on both sides of the hanger, giving it a double purpose as a welcome and a “do not disturb” sign.
For my ceremony programs I revisited the Mason jar idea, and using A7 Cards-Jar (Pinnovation), I made jar-shaped programs with four pages tied together to create little booklets. Seals-Frame-2 ½” (Pinnovation) was used to create a cover-page accent for the programs. With my creative juices flowing I thought it would be interesting to use several different patterns of paper, making the programs a collage of purple, green and pink!
A wedding reception would not be complete without beautiful table centerpieces that bring out theme and style of the wedding, and I have to say that I had a blast shopping for the pieces and putting them all together! In keeping with the tree theme, we used slices of tree stumps displayed with an arrangement of flowers, Mason jars and a variety of antique pieces including jars, plates, boxes, books, doorknobs, handkerchiefs and more. Each centerpiece was uniquely different, and was finished off with a table number made using the A7 Card Mats-Frame (Pinnovation) and Seals-3 ½” x 2” #2 (Business Cards) (Pinnovation) dies.
Justin and I couldn’t be happier with how our wedding day turned out. And, thanks to AccuCut and the GrandeMARK machine and dies, I was able to use my creative talents to give our wedding a unique personalized look! Being able to use AccuCut products in a real life situation only makes me want to create more! It was fun to see all the pieces come together to create a work of art that symbolizes a day I will remember forever!