Good evening little Roos,
The last few weeks have been terribly busy, however the desire to fill every bit of spare time with creative projects has meant that I’m always doing something.
[caption id="attachment_28" align="aligncenter" width="489"] Ella Goodwin & Gary Wheeler on their wedding day, 2012[/caption]
On June 23, 2012, my friend Ella got hitched to her beau, Gary. Ella is an illustrator and crafter. She loves to make jewelry, plushes and dresses – you can see and buy her stuff at Shop Miss Ella.
This is when I started to get excited about the 3D keepsake.
Card Making Downloads is my favourite place for crafting templates, from cards to keepsakes. The original design for the gazebo was designed by Crafty Creations. This design is lovely but I wanted to personalise it to suit the wedding we were attending. Needless to say from the photograph, Ella and Gary aren't exactly your traditional bride and groom.
[caption id="attachment_31" align="aligncenter" width="720"] The Wedding Gazebo out of its box[/caption]
I did keep several of the original elements/embellishments from the original design but I redesigned the backing paper using a repetitive illustration by the lovely Ella. I also drew a new bride and groom to match the real bride and groom.
[caption id="attachment_32" align="aligncenter" width="676"] I drew the bride and groom to resemble Ella and Gary in their wedding attire[/caption]
I used 300gsm card stock (this card stock won’t go through all printers easily and would therefore recommend using the heaviest your printer will allow) and added glamour dust and pearl gems for added detail.
The box is an optional extra but I love display boxes – the windows are such a lovely shape and very easy to cut. What I was impressed with most was the ease of putting it together and the perfect fit, not too tight or too loose. This is something that I find I have a lot of problems with when using templates.
[caption id="attachment_30" align="aligncenter" width="701"] The finished gazebo in its display box[/caption]
From a crafting point of view I would have preferred slightly better construction at the top central point but apart from that this was a fantastic project and a wonderful gift.
Original Design: Traditional
Additional: This is very easy to cut out but time consuming and card hungry