I really wanted to make something special and well, drop dead gorgeous for them. I can't after all just send a gift card in a card! Well I could have but that isn't my style. I decided to make something that would be a gift within itself. A treasure. Since I had prior knowledge of the wedding theme & colors I could make a personalized treasure.
The idea came to me very quickly but the end result was way more than anything I dreamed it could be. Now my mind is restless. What else can I make in it's likeness. Oh how I wish it wasn't mid December. I want to make more of these. Not shop!
Friends I give you...
This work of art stands approx 10in H and 7in W. It's all paper except for the mini pinecones. It is constructed of 3 nesting paper mache round boxes without the lids. I hot glued the 3 boxes together & created a chipboard bottom for the bottom box.
I adhered Colonial White cardstock (ctmh) to each tier (middle tier was embossed first with a Cuttlebug folder) and then added a strip of Breeze cardstock (retired ctmh) to the base of each acting like ribbon. Then I painted on several coats of Pearl Paint (ctmh) to the entire cake. Glitter Glue (ctmh) was added at the bases to hide the hot glue. I then finished off the top & bottom tiers with Pearl Opaques (ctmh).
I hand crafted all the roses out of Colonial White, Sunset (tinted with Tulip) and Breeze cardstock (ctmh) I dabbed them with Desert Sand ink & Pearl Paint. They were hot glued on along with mini pinecones, red berries & Pine Leaves (Martha Stewart Punch, Olive cs-ctmh) I also stuck in several florist pins with crystal tops.
This is the top
Do you see the four ivory ribbons? Well underneath the Cream rose on top is the gift card secured to the ribbons. I took a serrated kitchen knife and sliced through the top tier, just wide enough for the gift card. I did end up going through the second tier a bit. I did that so the gift card would be hidden more. I punched a hole (not through the magnetic strip) at the top of the gift card & tied on the ribbon. The Cream rose is attached to a stick pin and comes out to remove the gift card but goes back in afterwards.
Note: I also used quite a bit of Liquid Glass (ctmh) to adhere the berries, pine leaves & to create the roses.
The video Tutorial on making my roses is here on this blog or on youtube. I do plan on making additional cakes -my first being a birthday cake for my daughter who turned 20 yesterday. She comes home from college on Friday so I need to get baking! lol Oh, and I need to shop more too.
I do have a favor friends. If I've inspired you to create a cake of your own don't forget me! Not only do I love the credit but I would love to see your creation. Share the love baby.
Have a wonderful day friends!
Edited Post: I forgot to add that I made a real cute matching card that used the bride & groom's initials (also on the announcement)