Imagine Making This Handmade Wedding Card For That Special Couple For Their Unforgettable Day
Provided below is a complete tutorial on these handmade wedding cards with elegant bells for that special couple on their wedding day (these cards are also great for wedding invitations).
The colors can be changed to match any combination of wedding colors!
Supplies Needed to Make This Wedding Bells Card
- 8 1/2" x 11" polka-dot paper (or other design)
- 8 1/2" x 11" solid paper
- 8 1/2" x 11" solid cardstock
- Jewelry wire (other wire or thread will work too)
- Paper bead for the clapper
Click here for a great YouTube video on how to make paper beads. They are super easy and Jennibellie is wonderful at showing how to make different types of paper beads.
- Glue (I used Scotch brand Wrinkle-free Glue Stick)
- Glitter (I mixed turquoise & lapis lazuli, Martha Stewart colors)
- Bell template (Click here for my 4 different sizes of Printable bell templates).
At a Glance:
- Template cut out
- 3 solid bells cut out
- 2 tops of bells cut out
- 2 top holders cut out
- 1 paper bead
- 5 x 7 card base
- 2 strips of patterned paper
Cutting Out The Bell Pieces For Your Handmade Wedding Cards
- Print the template (see the link above, under tools)
Choose the size you want from 4 different sizes provided. I used the largest bell size for this card.
- Cut the template into two separate pieces (A), cutting on all of the lines.
Note: I trace my templates onto template plastic and then cut them out. This allows for them to last, virtually, forever.
Place the pieces together for cutting out the solid bell (B).
- Trace around the entire bell template onto solid color paper.
- Cut out 3 of these solid bells (one is for the inside of the card).
Polka-Dot Top of Bell
Use only the top part of the template for the polka-dot part of the bell (C).
- Trace around the top part of the bell template onto printed paper.
- Cut out 2 of the printed tops.
Cut Out Two Bell Crowns
- Cut out 2 bell crowns for the top of the bell.
Place the round top part of the template onto paper and trace around (A), then cut.
- Glue a crown on each of the polka-dot bell tops.
Making The Bell Clapper
- Make a paper bead from the patterned paper (click here to learn how to make a paper bead).
- Pull jewelry wire through the bead and crimp the end.
- Place glue on the crimped part.
- Pull the crimped part with glue halfway into the bead.
- Allow to dry
This technique makes for a strong hold for the paper bead.
Gluing The Wedding Bells Together
Glue the polka-dot top onto the solid bottom.
- Place the beaded wire on the bell.
- Glue the polka-dot top over the wire to secure.
- Cut two rectangular strips of patterned paper and glue them horizontally onto the front of the card.
- One, 1/4" inch strip
- One, 1 and a 1/2" inch strip
- Cut out a few polka-dots and glue them on (or other design you may be working with).
- Position the bells on the front and decide how you want them to overlap each other.
- Once you have them the way you want, glue the two bells together.
- Punch a hole in the crown.
Securing The Ribbon on Your Handmade Wedding Cards
- Wrap the ribbon horizontally around the front of the card.
- Adjust it until the two ribbon ends meet where you want the top of the bell to be.
- Thread the ribbon under and up through the hole in the crown.
- Pull the ribbon through and adjust until you have the ribbon and bells placed just as you want.
Note: You could always finish the card at this stage, as the card is pretty as it is. However, I decided to place glitter cording around the edges and I think it turned out nice.
Gluing Cording On The Bells For Your Handmade Wedding Cards
Glue the cording along edge of bells.
- Run a bead of glue along the edge (A), one section at a time.
- Press cording into the glued edge.
It's helpful to keep pushing the cording into the edge as the glue dries until it adheres well.
Glue cording on all edges of the bell.
Making Glitter Cording
- Make a glue/water mixture of 10 parts glue and one part water (approximating this is fine).
- Brush it on the cording.
- Make sure you don't get any glue on anything else except for the cording.
Tip: Make sure you have your glitter all ready to go, as you'll want to sprinkle it on the cording while the glue is still wet.
Mixing Glitter Colors for Your Handmade Wedding Cards
Mixing glitters together can give you a close match to most anything.
I have found that the line of Martha Stewart glitters has a good range of colors to use alone, and for mixing.
I have been super happy with the colors and the quality of these glitters. They are rich looking for all of my paper art needs.
The packs are a good value with each being .37-ounce vials. They are fine grit and therefore go a long way!
I especially like to use the Essentials and the Rich Essentials. Each has 24 bottles in each pack.
I wanted the glitter color to exactly match the glittery polka dots, so I mixed two glitter colors together and got a great match!
I like to match the colors as best as I can because I am most often matching wedding colors (and wedding colors are extremely important for the bride and groom! They will appreciate your attention to detail).
After mixing, just place the glitter into an empty bottle that will work for sprinkling.
Glittering The Corded Edge of The Wedding Bells
Sprinkle glitter densely over the wet cording.
Allow to dry completely.
Shake off all of the glitter that you can.
Tips on using glitter:
- Use a soft brush to remove the excess glitter that keeps "hanging" on.
- Make sure you have paper underneath so you can gather the glitter up and funnel it back into its container,
- If any is stuck on the card with glue, a toothpick will usually take it off without damaging the front of the card.
- Spray paper art work with a fixative to keep glitter from constantly flaking off (your family and friends will appreciate this!).
I made a couple of frames and placed a solid bell on top for the inside of the card.
Tie the ribbon in a bow and you have your finished card!
After making these handmade wedding cards, you may want to check out my Butterfly Mother's Day Card Tutorial.