One of my dear friends celebrated her 30th birthday yesterday. On Saturday night, her husband threw a surprise party for her and a few of us girls worked ahead of time to add some special decorations to the table. Since the gathering was at a restaurant, we needed to limit our decorations to the table. The final idea consisted of 3 flower arrangements and 4 framed black & white photographs of the guest of honor.
The centerpiece was this flower arrangement:
It was inspired by this post I saw on The Chase Gang blog. I loved the simple look of the decorative band with the year on it and the pop of the red flowers. Here’s how I recreated the look (click on any image to see it larger):
I started by designing the year tag. My scalloped circle punch is 1.5 inches so it set the size for all the pieces. Using Photoshop, I created a new page sized at 2 inches by 2 inches, 300dpi and placed guidelines at 1 inch horizontal & vertical to mark the center. Using the elliptical shape tool, I placed a 1.375″ red circle in the center.
Next I added a new layer and repeated the elliptical shape. This time filling the circle black and sizing it down to 1.25″.
Now that I had both circles, I needed to add the dotted outline. To do this, I created another new layer and this time added a 1.125″ elliptical path. Then selected the brush tool. In the brushes palette, I chose to use a 9px brush with spacing at 200%.
Next, in the Paths palette, I click the button for “Stroke path with brush.” This automatically placed all those nice dots precisely around the tag.
Then I added the number ’30’ in Edwardian Script font, centered it in the circle and printed the image out on photo paper.
Finally, I flipped my scalloped punch upside down and place the printed image in it right side up. This way I could see that the two were aligned as I punched out the design.
For the decorative band, I couldn’t find any patterned papers in my stash that were “just right.” Instead I grabbed a sheet of 12″ solid black cardstock and cut a strip out that was 1.25″ in height. I set it out onto a piece of scrap paper, pulled out a swirl stamp and white stamp ink then randomly stamped the swirls all over the paper.
Once the stamp ink was dry, I wrapped the band around the vase for a “test” fit. I lightly marked in pencil where the overlapping end hit the strip. Removed the band. Added adhesive to secure it into a circle and set it aside to let it firm up. A short time later I attached the year tag using adhesive foam squares and slid the band back onto the vase. Another friend added flowers and ta-da – a beautiful, personalized decoration & gift.
Supplies: glass vase; black cardstock; Autumn Leaves acrylic stamps – Rhonna Farrer’s swirls v1; Stampin’ Up! white craft ink; adhesive; photo paper; EK Success scalloped circle punch; Edwardian Script font.