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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Papel Picado Wedding Invitation

Hello everyone, as this week approaches the day of Jennifer's surgery, I can hardly keep my mind on anything else. My dear husband suggested, I do some design work. It did help to get my mind to other places. I wish I could give her some moments of freeing her mind. She is, understandably, nervous. Our faith and prayers keep us strong. God knows we all need our minds re-directed to other things beside the thoughts of a long surgery and very long recovery. I think my daughter is most concerned about the long recovery. She is a very active woman and a mommy. She's already missing her children even though our travels won't take place until this Thursday.

While trying to keep my mind occupied I decided to work on a project one of my YouTube subscribers asked me about. She would like me to make a video tutorial on how making a Papel Picado wedding invitation tutorial. With all that has gone on and will be going on, it may be a bit of time before I can make the video tutorial. I did take the time to create and cut one out. They are lovely invitations, but I must say; they are very time consuming to cut and design.

The techniques of design are fairly basic. The most difficult task is making everything fit so it welds, cuts nicely and has a wedding look into it. With all of the intricate details of a Papel Picado you want to have pretty and intricate designs, yet you want to be careful not to go too far. For example; If I would do this over I would make the doves solid and place so heavier designs into the doves. Also, I would use a new blade and be sure to double cut when using a heavier card stock.

I started out with a rectangle measuring 5 x 7 then did an internal offset. From here I began choosing design elements. In the picture below I used the rose flourish for the top, but I also made one using wedding bells ( I forgot to take a picture of the wedding bell Papel Picado) I then worked on the placement of the doves, creating the border edged with some flower shapes and circles that I welded to the edge of the 5 x 7 rectangle. Now all that is left to do is to make sure I have plenty of room for the wording. I used the Adobe Garamond font to create the wording. Arial Bold would also work. Remember, when you weld you must weld to a "compound path". When I made the internal offset of the 5 x 7 rectangle I selected both the inside and outside of the rectangle, right clicked, and selected, "make compound path". This will make it possible for you to weld you border and inside elements to create the card. Another thing to remember when welding is to make sure your elements slightly overlap the areas you will be welding to create the look you want.

I'm looking forward to making another Papel Picado and have learned a few things along the way. When we send out wedding invitations it can be anywhere from ten to hundreds. I would not want to make hundreds of these without the help of some crafty friends who own a Silhouette cutting machine. I would also not like to weed out the hanging chads like I had to do for this one. Next time, I will use a brand new blade, make the elements a little heavier and yet maintain its intricate design, and I will always double

When you look at the photo below you'll be able to see all of the areas that were in need of welding to complete the card and the look. If you decide to try making one of these, I would love to see your design.

As you can see below, I took many pictures of this project. I created a cover for the wedding invitation with a paper band to hold it closed. You can't really see the lovely, sparkling crystal beads placed on the band. The beads did add that special touch needed to make such a lovely wedding invitation look even more special.

I almost forgot to tell you the meaning of Papel Picado. It means to punch out of paper. Just imagine how many of these lovely wedding invitations and other Papel Picados were made by hand. Each delicate detail was cut by hand. Thank goodness! We have cutting machines.


  1. That is simply amazing!!! You have an incredible talent. thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.

  2. Sending you and your family lots of love and healing thoughts Debbie xxx
    love the invitation, going to try it when my new blade and mat arrives.

  3. Dear Debbie,
    I will keep you all in my prayers and hold you close to my heart, Take care Hugs, Lyn xxx

  4. Holy guacamole....
    Labor of real love.....

  5. This is so gorgeous. I can't imagine having to design one. Looking forward to seeing a video. Cheers

  6. What a lovely invitation! I like the dove shown, but can see why you would do a solid dove. We'll keep you and your daughter in our prayers.

  7. Holy Moly! Wow! Such a beautiful design! I love it!

  8. Hi Debbie,

    First of all, my prayers for Jennifer, for you - for all your family. What a tremendous amount to go through. I hope your days ahead are brighter. I've missed you.

    That card - WOW, that's all I can say. You never cease to amaze me with your creations.


  9. I love this card, Debbie! I can't imagine having to hand cut it like in the good ole days...yikes! Even still, the work that went into creating this one seems daunting. But so worth it, beautiful!! Debbie :)

    1. Thank you Debbie. I love learning new things. When I was asked if I could show one of my YouTube followers how to make this card, I jumped at the chance to learn more. They are unique and so lovely. My youngest daughter is getting married next year. I showed her the card and she loved it, but when I thought about making hundreds of them, I bowed out of suggesting I make them for her. They are a lot of weeding Hugs, Debbie

  10. hello! this is exactly what i am looking for. i see this post from a couple years ago and it appears your blog has been abandoned... :( how can i make this with the Cricut Explore Air? please help!

    1. Hi Chris, I haven't published anything in a long time, but I do try to answer any questions posted. I so wish I could help you with your Cricut Explore Air, but I've never had one. Maybe you could copy the picture and post it on a Cricut website to see if someone can help. Have a blessing filled day, Debbie


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